SEL8026 : Generative Syntax

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1164:00164:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SEL2089Syntactic Theory
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures: To introduce and discuss theoretical concepts and methodology.
Seminars: To practice analysis of linguistic expressions.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination991A10024 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.

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