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This module is available for 2017/18

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Module code:PLING227 (Add to my personalised list)
Credit value:30
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser (provisional):
Organiser's location:Chandler House
Available for students in Year(s):
Module prerequisites:none 
Module outline:In the first term, the course introduces students to the scientific study of the structure of sentences. Students will be introduced to tree structures, argument structure, and movement phenomena. The course also aims to sharpen students' analytical skills through problem discovery and problem solving exercises. In the second term, the course deals with one or more topics that involve the interface between the syntax and a syntax-external system. The latter could be the interpretive system, the phonology, or the parser. The exact contents change from year to year, to reflect developments in the field and the lecturer's own research. However, the course will always involve the reading of recent research papers, class presentations by students, the writing of an individual research project, and of an essay that reports on the outcomes of that project.  
Module aims:The aims of the course are: • to introduce students to the scientific study of the structure of sentences • to introduce students to the basic building blocks of such a theory • to sharpen students' analytical skills through problem discovery and problem solving exercises. • to familiarize students with one or more problems at the forefront of current research into syntactic interfaces. • to train students in reading and evaluation primary literature. • to train students in presenting material before a group of their peers. • to train students in designing research projects. • to train students in carrying out research on an interface issue.  
Module objectives:The module is intened to teach students to • to understand the generative perspective on the study of language • to know the basic properties of movement • to have a basic understanding of the grammatical mechanisms involved in simple declarative sentences and questions. • to have developed sufficient analytical skills to be able to evaluate and compare different analyses of the same data. • knowledge of (some) current theories about interfaces. • ability to read, understand and evaluate primary literature in the relevant area. • ability to present material before a group. • ability to design research projects. • ability to carry out and write up interface research.  
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Module timetable: 
Module assessment:Unseen two hour written examination 50.00%
Take-home examination (3,000 words) 50.00% 
Notes:normally available as an option module (numbers permitting); UCL students can register on Portico, intercollegiate students should contact  
Taking this module as an option?:available as an option 
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Last updated:2017-03-03 06:46:05 by uclysda