6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- First semester 2018 (On-campus)
The unit provides an introduction to the grammatical phenomena found in simple and complex sentences in a wide range of languages and to the basic tools for their analysis and description. The unit combines the investigation of morpho-syntax with an enquiry into linguistic typology and universals. It introduces and evaluates different theoretical approaches to morpho-syntactic analysis.
On successfully completing the unit students should be able to:
- identify and describe morpho-syntactic phenomena in a variety of different languages;
- apply different theoretical approaches to the analysis of sentence structure using the relevant terminology;
- read and understand grammatical descriptions of languages and discussions of grammatical phenomena in the linguistic literature;
- identify cross-linguistic patterns in morpho-syntax and discuss claims of universality. More generally students are expected to develop their abilities to:
- read critically;
- use analytic and interpretive skills in dealing with language data;
- assess evidence supporting various theories and thereby evaluate these theories;
- present logical, coherent arguments both orally and in writing.
Within semester assessment: 65% + Exam: 35%
Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.
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