SEL8026 : Generative Syntax
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Professor Anders Holmberg
- Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
Students are familiarised with a scientific approach to syntax. Major syntactic phenomena (categories, features, rules, principles) are dealt with in the context of a formal theory. Students develop their skills in sentence analysis, learn how to test hypotheses and argue for theoretical explanations.
Outline Of Syllabus
- Aims and context: the scientific study of language;
- Phrase structure, X' theory;
-Argument structure, theta-theory;
- Case, Binding;
- Movement: A'-movement, A-movement, head movement;
- Logical Form, Phonetic Form;
- Minimalist syntax: Merge. Bare Phrase Structure;
- Features and valuation
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||164:00||164:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||24||1:00||24:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
Jointly Taught With
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures: To introduce and discuss theoretical concepts and methodology.
Seminars: To practice analysis of linguistic expressions.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||99||1||A||100||24 hour take home exam|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The take-home exam will ask the student to write a set of short pieces involving sentence analysis within a given theoretical framework. This will demonstrate their ability to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the module to new problems.