LING40110 Syntax

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module explores the principles that govern Phrase Structure (X-bar Theory), the relationship between the Lexicon and Syntax (Theta Theory), movement (DP-movement, Wh-movement), among other universal properties of natural language. It also explores the parameters that govern variation within and across languages, focusing on on well documented instances. The content is formal in nature and its teaching and learning critically rely on in-class exercises and feedback on them.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of the module, students are expected to
--apply techniques of linguistic analysis to new data
--assign structures to various types of phrases and sentences in the form of tree-diagrams
--identify and appreciate patterns of variation within a given language and across languages;
--appreciate and evaluate the concept of parameter as a heuristic tool;
--use formalism as a means of summarising and accurately representing information;
--critically evaluate evidence and argumentation in the context of theory construction.

Indicative Module Content:

Phrase structure (X-bar Theory)
The relationship between the Lexicon and Syntax (Theta Theory)
Case and grammatical functions
Movement and derivation (Movement Theory: Head-movement, DP-movement, Wh-movement)
The parameters of language variation

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module's teaching and learning rely heavily on in-lecture problem-sets and collective feedback on them.
Assessment is mostly based on problem-sets and takes the form of take-home assignments. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Problem set Week 6 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Problem set Week 11 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

About two-weeks from submission date for each assignment.

Title: Syntax: A Generative Introduction
Edition: Third, 2013
Author: Andrew Carnie
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Wed 14:00 - 15:50