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Intermediate Syntax - LAN00016I

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Norman Yeo
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Related modules

Pre-requisite modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2017-18 to Summer Term 2017-18

Module aims

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.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will typically:

  • Have an understanding of some basic concepts in the formal analysis of syntactic data
  • Know how to make use of theoretical tools from syntactic theory in the analysis of complex data
  • Begin to be able to evaluate theoretical claims
  • Begin to be able to develop written arguments in the syntactic style


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 40
University - closed examination
Intermediate Syntax
2 hours 60

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Reassessment: Intermediate Syntax
2 hours 100

Module feedback

Feedback on formative 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.

Summative assessment and feedback


Description: Weekly formative work will include two essays to be submitted in Week 7 of Spring term and Week 1 of Summer term which are marked summatively.

Feedback: Departmental feedback sheet with a mark on the University scale for individual assignments completed during term, returned to student with the assignment two (term-time) weeks after submission with opportunity for further individual consultation. Students return the assignments to the lecturer to form part of summative assessment.

Two-hour closed examination

Feedback: Mark on University mark scale. Model answer and/or an opportunity to see scripts at an appointed time in the term following assessment.

Indicative reading

Adger, David (2003) Core Syntax

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