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Formal Syntactic Theory - LAN00043H

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. George Tsoulas
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19
    • See module specification for other years: 2019-20

Related modules

Pre-requisite modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19

Module aims

  • To extend student learning in formal generative syntactic theory by completing student knowledge in core aspects of current syntactic thinking
  • To extend students' ability to develop and present theoretical arguments succinctly and cogently in both oral and written format

Module learning outcomes

  • Evaluate the theoretical importance of sets of syntactic data that you are presented with
  • Demonstrate familiarity with current proposals in generative syntactic theory by analysing such data within the theoretical framework to which you have been exposed
  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge of theoretical proposals regarding syntactic theory, particularly as it is applied to English syntax
  • Demonstrate an increasing ability to present your own theoretical arguments in favour of or against particular theoretical proposals


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 50
University - closed examination
Formal Syntactic Theory
1.5 hours 50

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 50
University - closed examination
Formal Syntactic Theory
1.5 hours 50

Module feedback

Formative work and feedback

Frequent exercises with feedback provided throughout the term.

Summative assessment and feedback

Summative exercise

Written feedback within four weeks.

90-minute closed examination

Results will be provided within four weeks. Exam scripts subsequently available to view (under supervision, by appointment).

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