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.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Portfolio)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2021/22. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.