SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Approaches to Syntax

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
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.


Introduction to Grammatical Structure

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%)

Suggested reading

  • 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.


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