LING 3002 Advanced Syntax

Pre-requisite: LING 2002

This course investigates ways in which properties of human language are explained within a theoretical framework, and emphasises that data are meaningless in the absence of a theory. A Transformational Generative model is used to investigate how syntactic theory accounts for the generation of certain utterances which X-bar theory is not able to generate. Specifically, students are introduced to a number of transformations, including head-to-head movement and phrasal movement, and crucially, to the restrictions on that movement. This is presented as a fairly complete and simple system, laying the theoretical foundation for further explorations. Students wishing to pursue a postgraduate degree in linguistics should read both LING 3001 and LING 3002.

Method of Instruction: 2 lectures and 1 tutorial per week
Assessment: 40% in-course assessment, 60% final examination

The top student in this course plus LING 3001 is awarded the Departmental Prize for Theoretical Linguistics (Level III). See Academic Prizes. Find out about Field Trips.