LG212-5-AU-CO:
Syntax

The details
2019/20
Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
15
28 March 2019

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

LG219, LG420

Key module for

BA P510 Journalism and English Language,
BA P511 Journalism and English Language (Including Placement Year),
BA P512 Journalism and English Language (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

This course is an introduction to syntactic theory, aiming to understand the ways that
we can understand syntactic variation in the languages of the world. For example, what determines why objects come before a verb in Japanese, but afterwards in English? Why do languages like Spanish and French put their question words at the beginning of a sentence, while others like Swahili leave them at the end? What rules out sentences like "*herself likes pizza" in English? Using Chomsky's Government and Binding Theory as a means of providing an overview to syntactic thought, this course will explore these kinds questions of syntactic structure.

Module aims

To provide an overview to syntactic phenomena and introduce students to engaging with syntactic analysis by the use of a particular syntactic framework (in this case, the Principles and Parameters approach). There is a further goal of giving students training in writing clear syntactic argumentation.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this half module, students should
a. Be familiar with syntactic structures that exist in the world’s languages
b. Engage with the Principles and Parameters theoretical framework
c. Construct a syntactic analysis for a particular set of data and lay out clear argumentation for this analysis

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

A two-hour lecture. The two-hour session will combine lecture in the first hour with group work on practical tasks. Lecture notes will be posted on Moodle.

Bibliography

  • Carnie, Andrew. (©2013) Syntax: a generative introduction, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. vol. 4

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework In-class quiz 1 5%
Coursework In-class quiz 2 5%
Coursework Assignment 1 - 1000 words 01/11/2019 30%
Coursework Assignment 2 - 1000 words 22/11/2019 30%
Coursework Assignment 3 - 1000 words 13/12/2019 30%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

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

 

Availability
Yes
No
No

External examiner

Dr Christopher Lucas
University of London
Senior Lecturer in Arabic Linguistics
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (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).

 

Further information
Linguistics

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