SEL8116 : Syntactic Analysis

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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.       Foundational issues
2.       Syntactic constituenthood
3.       Some basic linguistic relations
4.       Introducing X' theory
5.       Extending X' theory
6.       The verb movement parameter

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion178:0078:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00N/A
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 analyze 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 Examination1201A100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

To test students’ analytical skill in an unseen context.

Reading Lists