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Comparative syntax and syntactic typology


This module links formal comparative syntax and syntactic typology. The module explores the formal underpinnings of typological generalisations focussing on two main areas:

A) The syntax of nominal constituents (DPs) and;

B) The syntax of the higher functional field including the syntax of subjects, tense, modality and the complementiser layer.


  • At least 40 credits prior background in generative syntax.
  • May not take the Autumn Term Syntax module in combination with this.


Contact hours

This module lasts for one term. There is a weekly two-hour seminar.

Teaching programme

By the end of this module, students should be able to:

  • understand key notions in comparative syntax;
  • understand the fundamentals of comparative procedures in formal grammar;
  • understand the limits of typological generalisations;
  • bring formal principles to bear on typological generalisations and vice versa;
  • analyse relevant comparative and typological data;
  • present comparative and typological data as evidence in support of a theoretical argument.

Teaching materials

To be posted on the VLE.


  • 5,000 word essay

About this module

  • Module name
    Comparative syntax and syntactic typology
  • Course code
    L67M (LAN00067M)
  • Teacher 
    Giuseppe Longobardi
  • Term(s) taught
  • Credits