World Language Structures

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
10 October 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA Q100 Linguistics,
BA Q101 Linguistics (Including Year Abroad),
BA Q102 Linguistics (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q103 Linguistics (Including Placement Year),
BA RQ91 Modern Languages and Linguistics,
BA RQ98 Modern Languages and Linguistics (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA R114 Language Studies and Linguistics,
BA R115 Language Studies and Linguistics (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module explores syntax from a cross-linguistic perspective and provides students with a deeper understanding of syntactic variation. We examine key concepts of grammatical organization as it is exhibited in the languages of the world. We look at syntactic variation, as well as the limits which seem to operate on this variation. We will explore a number of categories and concepts which are challenged when data from a broader range of languages is taken into consideration.

Module aims

• To introduce students to the key goals and motivation behind cross- linguistic syntactic analysis
• To stimulate student’s interest in cross-linguistic variation
• To provide students with an understanding of syntactic variation in the world’s languages
• To equip students with the skills of syntactic analysis using data from a range of languages
• To develop students’ skills of syntactic argumentation

Module learning outcomes

A. Engage with key issues and concepts in grammatical analysis
B. Understand the goal of enquiry in syntax from a cross-linguistic perspective
C. Explore syntactic variation (and its limits) found in the world’s languages
D. Analyse syntactic data from a range of languages
E. Use data to support argumentation

Module information

Indicative list of topics:
* Grammar in cross-linguistic perspective
* Relationships within the clause
* Lexical classes
* Processes that change grammatical relations
* Tense-aspect-mood
* Constituents and configurationality
* Sentence types
* Complex sentences
* Wh-constructions
* Language universals

Learning and teaching methods

The two-hour session will combine lecture and practical tasks.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Assignment 1    40% 
Coursework   Assignment 2    60% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Kyle Jerro, email: k.jerro@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Kyle Jerro
k.jerro@essex.ac.uk, Room: 4.125, Number: 2286



External examiner

Dr Sam Christian D'Elia
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
Language and Linguistics

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