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Postgraduate Course: Syntax: Theory and Practice (LASC11162)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course situates the material covered in Introduction to Syntax with respect to basic issues in syntactic theory: the nature of syntactic systems, and their uniformity and variation. It develops a systematic overview of the properties of a generative grammar, focusing on reasoning and argumentation in developing a syntactic analysis.
Course description 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Homework assignments: 10%
Assignment 1: 30%
Assignment 2: 60%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. overview current syntactic theory
  2. give syntactic arguments for and against particular analyses
  3. overview some of the syntactic phenomena that have been central to syntactic theorizing
  4. approach the primary literature
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordssyntactic theory,syntactic systems,syntactic constructions,syntactic analysis
Course organiserDr Robert Truswell
Tel: (0131 6)51 5511
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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