LG359-6-SP-CO:
World Language Structures

The details
2023/24
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Spring
Undergraduate: Level 6
Current
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
15
10 October 2023

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
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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.

Bibliography

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  16/02/2024  40% 
Coursework   Assignment 2  21/03/2024  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%

Reassessment

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

 

Availability
Yes
No
Yes

External examiner

Dr Sam Christian D'Elia
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 12 hours, 12 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.

 

Further information
Language and Linguistics

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