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Advanced Comparative Syntactic or Semantic Typology - LAN00061M

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Giuseppe Longobardi
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22
    • See module specification for other years: 2022-23

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Spring Term 2021-22

Module aims

This module focuses on the theoretical issues surrounding the notion of parametric variation. It focuses on the definition of:


the format for parameters

micro vs. macro parameters

parameters and semantic variation

parametric variation and language acquisition

the limits of variation

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be able to:

Understand key notions of parametric variation

Distinguish syntactic from semantic variation

Understand the status of parameters in the theory of grammar

Analyse comparative and typological data in the terms of the theory of parameters


Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 5000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 5000 words
N/A 100

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