The module provides a thorough introduction to issues in the development of syntactic knowledge in second language acquisition (SLA). In addition, students will learn about key issues in experiment design and analysis in the field of SLA. By the end of the module, students should be able to:
This module will be capped at 35.
Students must have successfully completed:
Information for visiting students: You must be familiar with the basics of a generative approach to syntax to take this module. If you have studied a syntax textbook such as Core Syntax by David Adger (2005), then you have the right background. Please contact the module convenor if you are unsure whether your studies at your home university provide you with the right background for this module.
You will have 1.5-hour lectures and 1-hour seminars most weeks of the teaching period.
Lectures present key questions in L2 acquisition and outline L2 data that addresses these questions. Seminars investigate the L2 data in greater depth through critical reading and discussion of primary sources, and through hands-on work with L2 data. Students will participate in presentations about some of the course readings.
Reading the introductory chapters of the White (2003) textbook (above) in advance will give you a good head start. Alternatively, or in addition, set the scene by reading any of the following:
All modules provide an opportunity to work on general oral/written communication skills (in class and in assessments) and general self management (organising your studies), alongside the specific skills in language or linguistics that the module teaches.
In addition, this module will allow you to particularly develop skills in the application of IT/numeracy skills. You will gain experience in exploration and interpretation of quantitative experimental data, using Excel. Work will include preparation of data for analysis, conducting basic statistical analysis using Excel functions, and creating charts to present the results of analysis.
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Second language syntax
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