Introduction to Syntax
This course is an introduction to the principles of syntax and to the basic concepts underlying theories of grammar. We will look at the structure of phrases, clauses and sentences, and at the functional relationship between parts of phrases and clauses, such as subject and object. We will also briefly introduce several major competing theories of grammar. The course concentrates on the basic concepts and methods of syntactic analysis, and focuses on the practical analysis and description of a wide range of phenomena from a variety of languages.
|Faculty||Faculty of Education and Arts|
|School||School of Humanities and Social Science|
Not currently offered
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts and methods of syntactic analysis and description and the foundation principles of grammatical theory. It concentrates on practical analysis and description of a wide range of phenomena from a variety of languages and their place in grammatical theory. Topics to be covered include: 1. word classes and phrasal categories; 2. the principles of constituent structure in two competing theoretical approaches; 3. word order and clause structure; 4. writing phrase structure grammar; 5. major clause types, including declarative, interrogative and imperative clauses and clauses with non-verbal predicates; 6. multi-clausal constructions, including complement clauses and relative clauses; 7. intermediate levels of structure, including basic X-bar syntax; 8. the principles of argument structure in two competing theoretical approaches; 9. grammatical functions such as subject and object, including the interaction of syntax and morphology; 10. semantic functions such as agent and patient, including the interaction of syntax and semantics.
|Replacing Course(s)||Not Applicable|
|Assumed Knowledge||LING6910 or equivalent|
|Modes of Delivery||Distance Learning : IT Based
|Compulsory Components||None listed|
|Course Materials||None listed|
|Timetable||2014 Course Timetables for LING6010|