Introduction to Syntax

Course code LING6010Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
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;
10. an understanding of the basic concepts underlying two competing theories of grammar
ContentThis 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
TransitionNot Applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeLING6910 or equivalent
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Seminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments4 x assignments (500 words each) 10% each
Essays / Written Assignments(3500 words) 40%
Other: (please specify)Seminar presentation (campus)/online posting & discussion (web delivery) 20%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Seminar: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for LING6010