- Module Code:
- Year of study:
- Year 2
- Taught in:
- Term 1
This module 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.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
• 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
Method of assessment
- Two data analysis exercises (1,500 words each) (20% each)
- One 2-hour Exam (60%)
- 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.