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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


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