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SEL8116 : Syntactic Analysis (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Michelle Sheehan
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


To give postgraduate students a firm foundation in the basics of modern, generative syntactic theory and syntactic analysis. Special attention is paid to the syntax of English, though the syntax of other languages will be frequently discussed. This allows students to see the comparative dimension in the formation and testing of syntactic hypotheses.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Syntax and grammar: description not prescription
2. Categories and subcategories
2. Constituent structure
3. Verb Phrase structure
4. Noun Phrase Structure
5. Movement
6. Recursion

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion178:0078:00Including at least one hour individual tutoring with module leader
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00shared with SEL1027 Syntax.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Synchronous
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SEL1027Introduction to the Structure of Language 1: Phonetics, Phonology & Morphology
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The Lectures summarise the material presented in the module text, and add supplementary material from primary literature.
The weekly seminar/practical allows the student to practice syntactic analysis and receive feedback on their efforts.
The teaching focus will be on helping students learn to solve syntactic problems and analyse previously unseen sentences by the fluent manipulation of syntactic trees.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination28801A10048h take-home exam online
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

To test students’ analytical skill in an unseen context.

Reading Lists