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Syntax (LING20006)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeLING20006
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is an introduction to basic concepts and methods of syntactic analysis and description. Emphasis is on practical analysis and description of a wide range of phenomena from a variety of languages. Students should become familiar with topics such as constituent structure, syntactic categories, grammatical functions (interface with morphology), thematic relations (interface with semantics), word order, multi-clausal constructions, including complement clauses, relative clauses and clause linking, and unbounded dependencies.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should have:

  • broadened and be able to apply skills in syntactic analysis and description of a wide range of phenomena from a variety of languages;
  • attained practical knowledge of several theoretical models of syntax;
  • engaged with current theoretical debates in syntax;
  • deepened their understanding of social and cultural diversity;
  • participated in individual and group-based problem-solving activities within and outside the classroom;
  • developed their ability to think creatively in evaluating novel linguistic data and attempting to find the best description and explanation for them;
  • made wide use of learning and research technologies (LMS, Library);
  • further honed their abilities in written and verbal argumentation and logical expression through assessment activities and tutorial discussion.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should:

  • have acquired skills in critical thinking and analysis;
  • have acquired skill in thinking in theoretical terms;
  • have developed skills in thinking creatively in evaluating and formulating analyses;
  • have developed skills in observation and attention to detail;
  • have developed skills in communicating knowledge intelligibly and economically.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Problem set assignment 1 (equivalent to 1000 words) throughout the semester [25%]
  • Problem set assignment 2 (equivalent to 1000 words) throughout the semester [25%]
  • Exam at the end of the semester (equivalent to 2000 words) [50%]

Hurdle Requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorLesley Stirling
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours34 hours: 2 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week. There will be no tutorials in the first and last weeks of semester.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period23 July 2018 to 21 October 2018
    Last self-enrol date 3 August 2018
    Census date31 August 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail21 September 2018
    Assessment period ends16 November 2018

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Additional delivery details

It is recommended that students have some prior study in Linguistics & Applied Linguistics (e.g. a first year LING subject) prior to enrolling.

Further information

Last updated: 11 October 2019