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LIN3090 - Syntax: Grammatical Structure, Typology and Universals

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Anna Margetts


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit will cover the basic tools necessary for the study of syntax and will specifically focus on the linguistic analysis of the sentence in different languages. This study will be approached through the comparison of different systems of case marking, agreement, use of clitic pronouns, word order, topic-comment structure and other mechanisms that reveal the structure of the clause. Attention will be given to understanding basic concepts such as verb, transitive verb, passive subject and direct object and tense/aspect.


As of LIN2090 and in addition a deeper understanding of theoretical issues relating to the study of syntax.


Written research assignment (2750 words): 50%
Class test (equivalent 1500 words): 40%
Class participation (equivalent 250 words): 10%
Students at third year level will be required to answer some different questions in the test and will need to include greater theoretical depth in the essay.

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week


A second-year sequence in Linguistics