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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Explaining Grammatical Structure

Module code: LIN037

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM2

  • Semester 2: Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12: Friday 11 am - 1 pm

Contact: Dr Alex Drummond
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: LIN4200 and LIN402

Human languages are not just random sounds with associated meanings strung out one after the other in a kind of Tarzan-speak. Rather they involve complicated interactions between words which constrain order, inflectional markings, long-distance relationships between words and phrases, and a host of other phenomena. In this module we will develop an approach which will help explain how these phenomena work. The theory we will build explores ideas which come from recent work in Chomsky's Minimalist Program. Reading: Adger D, (2003) Core Syntax: a Minimalist Approach (Oxford University Press). This module is a pre-requisite for LIN039 Syntactic Theory, and for LIN312 Unfamiliar Languages.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5