UCL Module Catalogue


Topics in Chinese Syntax (PLIN0075)

Key information

Faculty of Brain Sciences
Teaching department
Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Credit value
This module presupposes PLIN0047 (Syntax I) or a comparable introduction to Generative Grammar.

Alternative credit options

There are no alternative credit options available for this module.


This module focuses on the syntax of Chinese, a language which has often been claimed to exhibit rather exotic properties. We evaluate some of these claims through extensive comparison with other well-studied languages, such as English and Dutch. 

The module aims to provide students with a good overview of key topics in the syntax of Chinese, and to bring basic diagnostic tools to bear on the analysis of Chinese sentences. Students also practice with reading and presenting some primary linguistic literature. 

By the end of this module students will have gained a good understanding of Chinese sentence structure. They will also have a good idea of the extent to which Chinese can be considered "different" from other well-studied languages. Students will have improved their ability to use basic diagnostic tools in the formulation and evaluation of linguistics hypotheses.

Module deliveries for 2020/21 academic year

Intended teaching term: Term 2     Postgraduate (FHEQ Level 7)

Teaching and assessment

Mode of study
Methods of assessment
100% Written Exam
Mark scheme
Numeric Marks

Other information

Number of students on module in previous year
Module leader
Dr Hans Van De Koot
Who to contact for more information

Last updated

This module description was last updated on 5th March 2020.