SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Advanced Syntax (Masters)

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Taught in:
Term 2

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will have:

  • knowledge of the motivation for the basic architecture of LFG
  • practical ability in LFG analysis
  • an ability to apply advanced syntactic analysis to a range of languages
  • some familiarity with syntactic theories with different architectural or analytical assumptions


Total of 10 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week consisting of a 2 hour lecture.

Scope and syllabus

The module focuses on the investigation of a selected set of problems within a major contemporary framework, Lexical-Functional Grammar (LFG). The purpose of this study will be to highlight the defining assumptions of the framework, and illuminate the way in which it approaches these problems, with a view to providing a viable theory of syntax appropriate for the typologically rich variety found in the world's languages. Comparisons will be made with competing frameworks, and alternative analyses will be considered.

Method of assessment

An analysis of data set of 1000 words due on 25th February 2020 (25%); a research essay of 3000 words due on 24th April 2020 (75%).

Suggested reading

The reading list will be made available from the convenor at the beginning of the module.


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