SEL2089 : Syntactic Theory
- 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|
- Acquaint the student with beginning to intermediate concepts and explanatory mechanisms in syntactic theory.
- Explore the application of these concepts to the syntax of present-day languages, with a particular focus on English.
- Develop critical thinking skills through the examination of different explanatory approaches to problems in the syntax of present-day English.
Outline Of Syllabus
Following on from SEL1027, this module provides an introduction to syntactic theory within Chomsky’s Principles and Parameters approach. 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: X’-Theory, Case and Theta-Theory, Binding Theory, Subjacency and constraints on transformations, Logical Form.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||48:00||48:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||24||1:00||24:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||60:00||60:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Skills practice||1||10:00||10:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||1||20:00||20:00||inc. 10 hours directed groupwork|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||26:00||26:00||N/A|
Jointly Taught With
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures introduce students to the knowledge and skill outcomes. Seminars consolidate the skill outcomes through conceptual questions distributed for discussion and problem sets to be discussed in seminar. Private study is an important part of the programme, requiring close reading of the material both in advance of lectures and as a follow-up to them.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||50||1||M||20||No aids. Held during lecture hour.|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The mid-term examination gives the students a good sense of their progress as regards the necessary basic analytic skills. The end of module essay tests the students' understanding of syntactic theory by asking them to apply their knowledge of the theory to a given syntactic problem.