AXL5312F Topics in Syntax

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 9

Convener: S Bowerman

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for an Honours or Master’s programme.

Course outline:

This course explores methods and recent developments in generative syntax, especially Chomsky's Minimalist Programme. We focus on the development of Minimalism from Transformational Grammar, and the theoretical divide between the Cartographic Enterprise and Bare Phrase Structure, as well as theoretical differences and conflicts between Generativism and Functionalist models of grammar.

DP requirements: Submission of all written work and at least 75% attendance at seminars.

Assessment: The course will be assessed on the basis of two short assignments, each counting 25% towards the overall mark, and one long essay (about 5000 words), counting 50% towards the overall mark.