Course: Syntax

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Course title Syntax
Course code KAJ/A4141
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction English
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Haase Christoph, Dr. Ph.D., M.A.
Course content
1. Basic concepts: Levels of analysis; elements of syntactic structure 2. Syntactic moods and illocutionary acts 3. The Subject 4. The Predicator 5. The Object 6. The Complement 7. The Adjunct. The Disjunct. The Conjunct 8. Representations of clause structure 9. The clause complex. 10. Projection 11. Relative clauses. Adverbial clauses. Conditional clauses 12. Thematic structure and information focus 13. The structure of texts

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
  • unspecified - 42 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The subject introduces basic elements of English syntax and provides students with all necessary knowledge in the field. The student is supposed to understand the sentence complexity and is also able to see the grammar overlaps and functions of individual grammar units.
The student is able to identify sentence and clause types, parts of speech and the way they are realized in a sentence. The student is also able to describe functions of speech parts and is able to understand sentence structure of an English sentence.
The student is able to use current terminology in syntax.

Assessment methods and criteria
Seminar thesis, test.
Recommended literature
  • Adger, D. Core syntax. A minimalist approach. Oxford: OUP, 2003.
  • Anderson, S.R. & D. W. Lightfoot. The language organ. Cambridge: CUP, 2002.
  • Carnie, A. Syntax. A generative introduction. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell, 2007.
  • Davies, W. D. & Dubinsky, S. The grammar of raising and control. A course in syntactic argumentation. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell, 2004.
  • Haiden, M. Theta theory. Berlin; New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 2005.
  • Chomsky, N. New horizons in the study of language and mind. Cambridge: CUP, 2000.
  • Jackendoff, R. Foundations of language. Oxford: OUP, 2002.
  • Moravcsik, E.A. An introduction to syntax. Fundamentals of syntactic analysis. London: Continuum, 2006.
  • Radford, A. Syntactic theory and the structure of English. Cambridge: CUP, 2002.
  • Radford, A. Transformational grammar. Cambridge: CUP, 1999.

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