Syntactic Theory I
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
29 March 2019
Requisites for this module
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.
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.
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
No additional information available.
A two-hour lecture.
The two-hour session will combine lecture in the first hour with group work on practical tasks.
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Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Kyle Jerro
Kyle Jerro, 4.125, 2286, email@example.com
Dr Louise Jane Mycock
University of Oxford
Associate Professor in Linguistics
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).
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