Available in 2021
Course code

LING3002

Units

10 units

Level

3000 level

Course handbook

Description

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.


Availability2021 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Apply analytic methods to analyse syntactic data;

2. Identify syntactic units such as heads, complements, adjuncts, and arguments;

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the structural characteristics of phrases and clauses;

4. Describe syntactic structures and relations in a formal way;

5. Characterize syntactic diversity across languages.


Content

This 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.

Assumed knowledge

10 units in linguistics at 1000 level


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Part 1 - Take Home Assignments (4 x 15% = 60%)

Essay: Part 2 - Essay (40%)


Contact hours

Callaghan

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

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