Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Syntax (LASC11085)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||An introduction to generative syntax. Includes study of major syntactic phenomena of English; some comparison also with other languages; and instruction in analysis and argumentation.
The overall aim of this module is to provide an introduction to generative syntax. The main objectives are to provide students with:
- an overview of the kind of things which need to be explained by a syntactic theory
- an overview of analyses which have been developed to explain them
- practice in analysing data in terms of core syntactic concepts such as constituency, selection, movement
In order to understand the core concepts in syntax and how they relate to actual data it is necessary to practise analysis and argumentation from the start. With this in mind, the course is set up so that much of initial presentation of material is delivered through online video material and readings, with class time devoted to working through and discussing problems and applying ideas.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Take-home assignment (20%); Final written exam (2 hours) (80%)
||Individual and group feedback on take-home assignment.
Opportunity to go over past exam papers; sample answers provided, with discussion.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- understand basic issues in current theoretical syntax
- accurately describe and analyse primary data
- identify and solve problems
- independently formulate and test hypotheses
|Beatrice Santorini & Anthony Kroch: The syntax of natural language: An online introduction. Selected chapters, selection detailed on Learn.|
Video presentations: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNRhI4Cc_QmvBzEBJFiOUfmMR4ew9TFwO
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Analytical thinking; logical argumentation; clarity of presentation.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Attend all lectures as scheduled
|Course organiser||Dr Robert Truswell
Tel: (0131 6)51 5511
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188