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SEL3343 : Syntactic puzzles and how to solve them (Inactive)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading160:0060:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice110:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity120:0020:00inc. 10 hours directed groupwork
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study124:0024:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
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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.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A1004000 words
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.

Reading Lists