Undergraduate Course: Syntax: Theory and Practice (LASC10084)
|School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
|College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)
|SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
|Available to all students
|The course will situate the work that students have already done in syntax in years 1 and 2 with respect to basic issues in syntactic theory: the domain of syntax, the nature of syntactic systems. It will develop a systematic overview of the properties of a generative grammar, working through some of the most basic syntactic constructions that have been studied, and focussing on reasoning and argumentation in developing a syntactic analysis.
The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the modern generative approach to syntax. Students taking this course will already be familiar with a number of important syntactic phenomena and with some of the important concepts and terms that make it possible to describe the syntax of human languages in a precise way, and to understand descriptions in the current literature. In this course we will be building on these foundations, in order to gain an understanding of how researchers have tried, and are trying, to address questions such as: What is a possible syntactic system? What are the primitives of syntax? How different can the syntax of one language be from the syntax of another?
The course will set out in a systematic way a generative approach to these questions, with the aim of bringing students to the point at which they will be able to begin to read, in a critical way, the primary literature in the field. At the same time, there will be an emphasis throughout on understanding how hypotheses about syntax┐syntactic analyses┐are developed, tested, compared, and evaluated. From the beginning of the course students will be doing exercises and getting hands-on practice in doing syntax. Material will be presented through lectures, readings, and videos; classes will require active participation.
Information for Visiting Students
|Visiting students should have at least 3 Linguistics/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 27,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
|Coursework (2 items): 20% each
2-hour exam in exam conditions: 60%
|Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)
|Syntax: Theory and Practice
| At the end of the course students will
- have an overview of a current syntactic theory
- have an overview of some of the syntactic phenomena that have been central to syntactic theorizing
- be able to give syntactic arguments for and against particular analyses
- be able to approach the primary literature
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Prof Caroline Heycock
Tel: (0131 6)51 1999
|Miss Emma Nelson
Tel: (0131 6)50 9870