Syntactic theory

Aims

Aims

This module aims:

  • to further develop students’ knowledge of syntax and syntactic theory
  • to develop students’ skills in evaluating syntactic analyses
  • to enhance students’ own syntactic argumentation skills

Prerequisites

Prerequisites

Satisfactory completion of the Autumn term Syntax module or equivalent. The first essay for that module will be due midterm.

Programme

Programme

Contact hours

The module lasts for one term and is taught for three hours per week.

Teaching programme

This course is a continuation of the approach to Syntax developed in the Autumn term (Syntax module). Elements of generative syntactic theory which were not covered in the Autumn will be introduced and core concepts will be further elaborated.

You should expect to work for at least 15 hours a week on syntax outside of class contact hours.

Teaching materials

Required reading

  • Adger, David (2003) Core Syntax.

You may be asked to read additional material

Assessment

Assessment

Two assignments totalling 5,000 words:

  1. A short data based essay (approx. 1,000 words) 25%
  2. An essay of approximately 4,000 words exploring a theoretical topic of your choice by undertaking an analysis of syntactic data from a language with which you have considerable familiarity. (Topic to be approved by the tutor) Worth 75%

About this module

  • Module name
    Syntactic theory
  • Course code
    L26M (LAN00026M)
  • Teacher 
    Shin-Sook Kim
  • Term(s) taught
    Spring
  • Credits
    20