This module follows directly from Introduction to Syntax by addressing the more advanced topics found in the second half of Sportiche, Koopman & Stabler (2014). The aim of the module is to develop the tools of syntactic analysis and description that you began to acquire in the first year, and to introduce you to a more formal syntactic framework that will equip you with the theoretical apparatus and the skills to solve syntactic problems.
By the end of this module, students will typically:
Students must have successfully completed:
Information for visiting students: Because the module requires knowledge from the first half of a set text, visiting students must have demonstrable basic competence in X-bar/Minimalist syntax, e.g. by being able to represent tree structures involving the CP level. Visiting students may not register for this module without the prior approval of the module instructor who will evaluate whether your pre-requisite knowlege is sufficient.
Two hours per week.
1 hour lecture/1 hour seminar per week, similar in structure to Introduction to Syntax. The lectures will cover material in the textbook chapters and the seminars will be used for chapter exercise discussion. This module aims to cover the second half of the textbook used in Introduction to Syntax; however, the module is a step up from Introduction to Syntax in that we will move beyond simply doing exercises, and there will be a focus on conducting independent research in Syntax. There will also be a small component of informal group work.
Oral feedback to group and individuals from both instructor and other students in practical classes. Model answers presented by students, with further comments and corrections. Opportunity for further individual consultation, including during surgery hours.
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:
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