Syntax

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Syntax

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Linguistics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    10 units in linguistics at 1000 level

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    10
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    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.
    LEARNING OUTCOMES
    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.
    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:
    • word classes and phrasal categories;
    • the principles of constituent structure;
    • word order and clause structure;
    • writing phrase structure grammar;
    • major clause types, including declarative, interrogative and imperative clauses and clauses with non-verbal predicates;
    • multi-clausal constructions, including complement clauses and relative clauses;
    • intermediate levels of structure, including basic X-bar syntax;
    • the principles of argument structure;
    • grammatical functions such as subject and object, including the interaction of syntax and morphology;
    • 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
    Essay: Part 2 - Essay

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.