LG514-7-AU-CO:
Syntactic Theory I

The details
2019/20
Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Postgraduate: Level 7
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
15
29 March 2019

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

MA Q10012 Linguistics

Module description

This course is an introduction to syntactic theory and aims 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 introduction to syntactic thought, this course will explore various empirical and theoretical questions around 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) Have the ability to engage with original syntactic research, especially papers in a GB/Minimalist 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.

Bibliography

This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Assessment 1 25/10/2019 25%
Coursework Assessment 2 15/11/2019 25%
Coursework Assessment 3 13/12/2019 25%
Coursework Assessment 4 03/01/2020 25%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

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

 

Availability
No
No
Yes

External examiner

Dr Louise Jane Mycock
University of Oxford
Associate Professor in Linguistics
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 16 (80%) hours available to students:
4 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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