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 and practice 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 time is divided between initial presentation of material, working through questions relating to that material, and discussion of issues arising from that engagement with the material.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 18,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Assignment 1: 30%
Assignment 2: 70%
||Individual and group feedback on work during the course.
|No Exam Information
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.
|Keywords||syntax,generative syntax,syntactic phenomena,analysis,argumentation
|Course organiser||Prof Caroline Heycock
Tel: (0131 6)51 1999
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188