Syntax (LNGS2602)


Syntax deals with how we combine words into phrases, clauses and sentences and how we understand these combinations. Syntax is almost purely internal to language and plays a major role in organising the language system. We look at syntactic concepts in English, languages of Europe and Asia, and those of small traditional communities around the world. Using a problem solving approach, we develop explicit models to describe syntactic phenomena that allow generalisations leading to testable predictions about possible structures.

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2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr workshop/week


5x500wd problem sets (60%), 1x2hr 2000wd equivalent problem based exam (40%)

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