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- Term 1
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
At the end of the module, a student should be able to demonstrate…
- familiarity with the basic ideas of LFG
- the understanding of how to apply linguistic tools in the analysis of data from various languages
- a knowledge of a range of core syntactic constructions which have figured in the development of linguistic theory
- basic skills in syntactic argumentation
Total of 10 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week consisting of a lecture.
Scope and syllabus
This module is intended to provide an introduction to the grammatical theory Lexical Functional Grammar (LFG). LFG takes a highly surface-oriented approach to syntactic analysis and differs from other syntactic frameworks in placing a key role to relational notions such as "subject", "object" and "adjunct". This module introduces key ideas of LFG and develops analyses of a range of phenomena within the theory, for example, the major valence-changing operations, relative clauses, serial verbs and clause-chaining. The focus will be on analysing syntactic constructions in English and many other languages. The module will provide a foundation for any student who wishes to write an MA thesis in syntax.
Method of assessment
A data set analysis of 1000 words to be submitted on day 1 of week 6 in the term the course is taught (40%); an essay of 3000 words to be submitted on day 1 of the following term (60%).
- Kroeger, P. (2004) Analyzing Syntax, A lexical-Functional Approach, Cambridge University Press.
- Tallerman, M. (2005) (2nd edition) Understanding Syntax, Hodder Arnold.
- Kroeger, P. (2005) Analyzing Grammar: an introduction. Cambridge University Press.
- Dalrymple, M. (2001) Lexical-Functional Grammar, Syntax and Semantics.
- Falk, Y. (2001) Lexical-Functional Grammar: An introduction to parallel constraint-based syntax. Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications.