LING2001 Grammatical Theory: the Structure of Sentences

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Linguistics major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
Content
What do we know about the form of the expressions in our language? How can we describe this knowledge? This unit addresses such fundamental questions by examining foundational issues in the theory of grammar and focuses in particular on the argumentation used in formulating syntactic analyses of linguistic structures within particular theoretical models. Through the unit, students further develop skills in the practice of linguistic analysis, and are introduced to model-theoretic approaches to the explanation of language structures. Topics include phrase structure systems; lexical categorisation; feature-theoretic and rule-based representations of syntactic structure; extraction and inversion phenomena; language universals and grammar architecture.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) describe and apply key concepts in syntactic description; (2) demonstrate a knowledge of the syntactic structures of English; (3) use established criteria to evaluate alternative analyses of given language data; (4) identify and describe, using appropriate terminology and notation, basic syntactic patterns in linguistic data; and (5) demonstrate an understanding of arguments used in support of a particular syntactic analysis.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) tutorial participation; (2) assignments; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Marie-Eve Ritz
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
LING1001 Language and Communication
or
LING1101 Language and Communication
Incompatibility:
LING2202 Grammatical Theory (Syntax)
Contact hours
36—lectures: 2 hours per week (over 13 weeks); Practical Classes: 1 hour per week (over 10 weeks)
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