Syntax

Course code LING3002Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of syntax - the grammatical structure of language. 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. The course concentrates on the basic concepts and methods of syntactic analysis and description, and focuses on the practical analysis and description of a wide range of phenomena from a variety of languages.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:
1. an understanding of grammatical diversity across languages;
2. practical skills in the analysis of language data;
3. skills in linguistic analysis;
4. research and general information literacy skills;
5. an understanding of nature of grammatical relations such as subject and object and semantic functions such as agent and patient;
6. an understanding of the ways languages encode grammatical relations;
7. an understanding of the structural characteristics of phrases and clauses;
8. an understanding of the formal representation of phrase structure;
9. an understanding of intermediate levels in phrase structure.
ContentThis course is an introduction to the basic concepts and methods of syntactic analysis and description. It concentrates on practical analysis and description of a wide range of phenomena from a variety of languages. Topics to be covered include:
1. word classes and phrasal categories;
2. the principles of constituent structure;
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;
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)na
TransitionNot Applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge10 units in linguistics at 1000 level
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments4 x assignments (500 words each) 15% each


Essay (2500 words) 40%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for LING3002