SEL2084 : The Syntax of the World's Languages
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Professor Maggie Tallerman
- Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
To introduce students to the concepts and categories found in the syntax of the world's languages; to develop students' knowledge of the syntactic variation exhibited by the languages of the world, as well as its limits; to introduce students to syntactic analysis and syntactic argumentation utilizing non-English data.
Outline Of Syllabus
Weeks 1-11: Revision of word classes and constituent structure. Simple and complex sentences. Introduction to heads and dependents. Head-marking and dependent-marking languages. Coding strategies: case, word order and agreement. Valency-changing operations. Configurationality. The properties of polysynthetic languages.
Week 12: Surgeries for language sketch
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||45:00||45:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||11||2:00||22:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||65:00||65:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Skills practice||1||10:00||10:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||2||1:00||2:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||1||20:00||20:00||inc. 10 hours directed groupwork|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||24:00||24:00||N/A|
Jointly Taught With
|SEL8029||Introduction to Cross-Linguistic Syntax|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures introduce concepts and topics, give definitions and explanations, and outline the formalisms and skills to be practised and their rationale.
Seminars practice exercises, allow student feedback, and discuss issues arising from the lectures, in smaller groups. Also time to discuss any outstanding problems.
The workshops in week 12 give advice about the analysis of data and presentation of results.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written exercise||2||M||40||practical exercises and short written answers|
|Written exercise||2||A||60||practical exercises and short written answers|
|Prob solv exercises||2||M||N/A|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
2 sets of practical exercises and short written answers to be submitted in typescript over the course of the module (2 separate submissions). First assessment to be worth 40% of total; second assessment to be worth 60% of total.
To assess the student's practical skills in problem-solving and linguistic analysis utilizing data from English and other languages, and to assess understanding of the concepts and issues covered. Additionally, to assess the clarity, conciseness and coherence of the student's written English.