The aims of the module are:
By the end of this module, you will be able to:
This module will be capped at 35.
Students must have successfully completed:
16 hours of lectures and 8 hours of practical/seminar work.
Topics to be covered include the structure of DPs, movement operations, and locality conditions. The analyses of these phenomena will develop your skills in understanding syntactic argumentation. You will attend lectures and practicals in a ratio of 2:1. In addition, you will be expected to prepare formative work and do background reading outside class time. You will be asked to present some of the answers to the formative exercises to other members of the class.
Results will be provided within four term weeks or six calendar weeks of submission (whichever is shorter). Exam scripts subsequently available to view (under supervision).
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 develop skills in problem solving. You will tackle syntactic problems and understand how theoretical assumptions are used to solve those problems. You will also develop data analysis skills by learning how and why sorting out data helps you understand the underlying mechanisms hidden behind the raw data.
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About this module
- Module name
Formal syntactic theory
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- Term(s) taught