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Syntactic Theory - LAN00026M

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Norman Yeo
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module summary

A follow-on module from Syntax, which focusses on more advanced aspects of syntactic theory argumentation.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Spring Term 2022-23

Module aims

This module aims:

  • to further develop students knowledge of syntax and syntactic theory
  • to develop students skills in evaluating syntactic analyses
  • to enhance students own syntactic argumentation skills

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should:

  • be able to formulate, discuss, and write about abstract concepts in syntax
  • be able to formulate and write about chains of reasoning in linguistic argumentation in order to justify structural representations
  • be able to establish linguistics generalisations and express them
  • understand and apply formal syntactic theory to those generalisations
  • understand chains of reasoning in linguistic argumentation regarding cross-linguistic variation


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 75
Exercise in argumentation
N/A 25

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay on set topic incorporating argumentation skills
N/A 100

Module feedback

Oral and written feedback. 

Indicative reading

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

An Introduction to Syntactic Analysis and Theory


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