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Syntax - LAN00025M

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Norman Yeo
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22

Module summary

An introduction to syntactic analysis.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2022-23

Module aims

The aim of the course is three-fold:

  • to introduce scientific methodology employed in Syntax
  • to introduce a theoretical framework within which syntactic investigation can be undertaken
  • to begin to develop skills in data analysis and syntactic argumentation

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should:

  • 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
  • be able to represent the syntactic structure of natural language sentences
  • be able to evaluate theoretical claims 
  • be able to develop written arguments in the syntactic style


Task Length % of module mark
Dossier of Exercises
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Dossier of Exercises
N/A 100

Module feedback

Oral and written feedback. Commentaries on the VLE.

Indicative reading

Sportiche, D., Koopman H., and E. Stabler (2014)

An Introduction to Syntactic Analysis and Theory


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