- Course Code:
- Unit value:
- Year of study:
- Year 2
- Taught in:
- Term 1
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
Learning outcomes for the course include:
- familiarity with the ideas and principles of generative grammar
- a knowledge of the motivation for the basic architecture of LFG
- a basic knowledge of LFG analysis; an ability to use formal reasoning
- an ability to apply syntactic analysis to a range of languages
Total of 10 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week.
Scope and syllabus
This course focuses on the principles of generative grammar and syntactic analysis, with a view to understanding the motivation for the framework of Lexical Functional Grammar (LFG) in particular. The course will have a strong empirical component using data from languages other than English, and will consider a variety of constructions from a cross-linguistic perspective. The course will also address some of the similarities and differences between LFG and other approaches to syntactic theory.
Method of assessment
One two-hour written examination taken in May/June (60%); data analysis exercise of 1,500 words to be submitted on Monday, week 7, term 1 (20%); data analysis exercise of 1,500 words to be submitted on Monday, week 1, term 2 (20%).
- Carnie, Andrew. 2007. Syntax. A Generative Introduction. 2nd Ed. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
- Kroeger, Paul. 2004. Analysing Syntax. A Lexical-Functional Approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.