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Module

SEL2089 : Syntactic Theory

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Anders Holmberg
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

- Acquaint the student with concepts and explanatory mechanisms in contemporary syntactic theory.
- Explore the application of these concepts to the syntax of present-day languages with a particular focus on English, covering major syntactic phenomena, categories, rules and principles.
- Develop critical thinking skills through the examination of different explanatory approaches to problems in the syntax of mainly, but not exclusively, present-day English.

Outline Of Syllabus

Following on from SEL1027, this module provides a more comprehensive and deeper understanding of the syntax of natural language with modern English as the main object of study. It is a required course for students on Linguistics degrees, but is open to any student who has taken SEL1027.Topics to be addressed include phrase structure (X’-Theory), argument structure (theta-roles), Case, agreement,noun phrase structure, binding, various kinds of movement, ellipsis, locality, Logical Form, architecture of grammar, syntactic variation. Not necessarily all of these are covered every year.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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