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Syntax (LING20006)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
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.

Last updated: 11 October 2019