Syntactic Theory (Q3153)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

You learn syntactic theory, focusing on the current transformational framework developed by Chomsky.

You learn the way in which formal syntactic theories are constructed, and develop skills in analysing morphosyntactic phenomena. This means you can construct and test hypotheses.

The module will be based on data from English and other languages, and will encourage you to take a critical approach to theory construction.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Problem Set)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 22 hours of contact time and 128 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.