SEL3343 : Syntactic puzzles and how to solve them
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Professor Anders Holmberg
- Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
To acquaint the student with intermediate to advanced concepts and explanatory mechanisms in syntactic theory. The module begins with important constructions in English syntax, and then compares them to constructions in other languages.
To explore the application of these concepts to the syntax of present-day English, its relatives in the Germanic family (potentially also including older stages of English), and a selection of other languages.
To develop critical thinking skills through the examination of different explanatory approaches to problems in the syntax of English and other languages.
Outline Of Syllabus
Weeks 1-7: Study of the literature on the set of given topics.
Weeks 8-12: Research and writing of a 4000 word paper on one of the topics. This work is supervised in topic-specific tutorials.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||50:00||50:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||18||1:00||18:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||60:00||60:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Skills practice||1||10:00||10:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||6||1:00||6:00||Tutorials|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||1:00||12:00||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
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures introduce students to the knowledge and skill outcomes. Seminars consolidate the skill outcomes through conceptual questions distributed for discussion and problem sets to be discussed. Tutorials develop their skills in research, planning a written presentation, and writing academic prose. Study groups develop their teamworking skills. Private study is an important part of the module, requiring close reading of the material both in connection with lectures and seminars, and in connection with the individual research.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
4,000 word essay to test the student's acquisition of knowledge, their capacity to apply knowledge to a range of problems, capacity to carry out independent research, and to write clearly and concisely abserving academic conventions.