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Advanced Topics at the Interfaces of Syntax - LAN00064M

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. George Tsoulas
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2017-18

Module aims

The main aim of this module is to explore further the nature of the interfaces by focusing on issues surrounding Information Structure. We examine its syntactic and semantic expression across languages. We concentrate on establishing the parameters of variation with respect to information structure notions.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of this module students will have:

an in-depth understanding of the notions of information structure such as Topic, Focus and Givenness;

the ability to recognise and analyse the different strategies that languages employ in order to signal information structure status;

the ability to construct and deploy cogent syntactic, semantic and phonological arguments in the analysis of the relevant phenomena;

an understanding of the parameters of variation in information structure and more generally on matters relating to interface notions.

Students will also perfect their presentation skills, teamwork and research management


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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