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Module code:PLIN1201(Add to my personalised list)
Title:Introduction To Generative Grammar A
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser:Klaus Abels
Organiser's location:Room 115B, Chandler House
Organiser's email:k.abels@ucl.ac.uk
Available for students in Year(s):1,
Module prerequisites:NONE 
Module outline:This course is an introduction to the formal study of the syntax of natural language.
  • It introduces students to the basic descriptive and theoretical tools of modern syntactic theory in the Principles and Parameters/Minimalist tradition.
  • It introduces students to the broader questions motivating the Principle and Parameters approach to syntax.
  • It familiarizes students with the scientific process.
 
Module aims:This course aims to convey a basic understanding of core descriptive tools and theoretical insights of formal syntactic theory. It aims to develop the reasoning skills necessary to apply these tools and insights correctly to novel sentences. It aims to foster an attitude of critical curiosity needed to appreciate, critique, defend, and develop proposals of an abstract, theoretical nature.  
Module objectives:
  • By the end of the module students should be familiar with the following descriptive terminology and analytic tools of syntactic theory: word classes and grammatical categories, constituent structure, tree diagrams, thematic roles, grammatical function, and movement.
  • Students will have a basic understanding of the theory of phrase structure (X-bar theory), binding theory, theta-theory, and movement theory.
  • Students will be able to analyze simple sentences from English and other languages correctly bringing to bear the tools and theories mentioned above.
    Students will be able to defend their analyses by bringing diagnostic tools to bear directly and indirectly on the analysis.
  • Students will have gained an understanding of the process of developing and defending abstract syntactic theories and will have begun developing a curious and critical stance towards novel data and theoretical claims.
 
Key skills provided by module:Analytical skills, reasoning skills, critical attitude 
Module timetable:https://cmis.adcom.ucl.ac.uk:4443/timetabling/moduleTimet.do?firstReq=Y&moduleId=PLIN1201 
Module assessment:Portfolio 50.00%.
Take-home examination 2 25.00%.
Take-home examination 1 25.00%. 
Notes:not available as an option module  
Taking this module as an option?:Not available as an option module 
Link to virtual learning environment(registered students only)http://moodle.ucl.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=170 
Last updated:2014-08-11 09:19:30 by