SEL8028 : Issues in Syntax (Inactive)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


•       To introduce the students to syntactic theory in the minimalist framework
•       To examine a set of issues in the forefront of syntactic research.
•       To develop the students’ understanding of syntactic theory to a level where the students can read and critically evaluate some primary literature in theoretical syntax.
• To prepare students for research in syntax.

Outline Of Syllabus

Weeks 1-7: Study of the literature on the set of given topics.
Weeks 8-12: Research and writing of a 5000 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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion164:0064:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching241:0024:00Seminars and Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity152:0030:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SEL3343Syntactic puzzles and how to solve them
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module is designed to help postgraduates learn to read current syntactic literature and conduct independent syntactic research. For this reason, the majority of student time will be spent reading and discussing the primary literature (under my direction), both independently and in groups, and preparing an independent research project.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2A100Research assignment based on topic of each student's choice. Approx. 5000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment is a scientific essay based on current literature in the field of syntax and some independent research on the student's part. This requires being able to read the literature and apply that knowledge to new research problems, which are the skills that the student should have by the end of the module.

Reading Lists