Introduction to Syntax - LAN00011C

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Information currently unavailable
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

This module familiarises students with two basic skills:

Core syntactic concepts

Methodologies employed in developing such concepts

Modern syntactic theories, as a branch of science, aim to account for as many facts as possible using the smallest number of hypotheses. Students will learn how this is done.

Module learning outcomes

Knowledge outcomes

You will understand:

The goals of syntactic theory: observational, descriptive and explanatory adequacy

Scientific (and syntactic) argumentation

Cross-linguistic variations and their explanation

The notions of productivity and recursion

The basic nature of Universal Grammar

The competence/performance distinction in linguistics

The difference between lexical and functional categories

Basic grammatical and thematic relations

The distinction between arguments and modifiers

Behavioural outcomes

You will be able to:

Identify the lexical category of English words

Apply syntactic tests for constituency

Gloss and label examples

Identify clause boundaries in complex sentences

Identify different types of verbal category

Identify grammatical functions, such as subjects and objects

Draw trees and labeled brackets for basic English sentences

Identify major clause types: passive, relatives, interrogatives etc.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Exercise set 1
N/A 10
Essay/coursework
Exercise set 2
N/A 10
Essay/coursework
Exercise set 3
N/A 10
Essay/coursework
Exercise set 4
N/A 10
University - closed examination
Introduction to Syntax
1.5 hours 60

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Reassessment: Introduction to Syntax
1.5 hours 100

Module feedback

Information currently unavailable

Indicative reading

The main teaching in the module will be accompanied with a course pack and lecture notes. Material will also be provided via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).



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