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This course offers you the opportunity to discover the principles behind the way in which speakers of a language combine words into phrases and sentences. We will take a scientific look at utterances you encounter in everyday life, and you will learn to use tree diagrams to represent the structural patterns you find.
This course provides an introduction to grammatical phenomena in both morphology (word structure) and syntax (sentence structure). Both types of structure are essential parts of how languages encode meaning. The goal of the course is to understand the range of structural mechanisms that languages employ and the interaction between morphological and syntactic structure. Different empirical methods for uncovering grammatical structure are compared: introspection, corpus data, psycholinguistic experiments, and patterns from language acquisition.
Through their experiences with this course, students will be able to:work both independently and collaboratively to identify patterns in language datacollect and then analyze real-world language data understand arguments based on the analysis and comparison of datacommunicate their findings effectively and support their arguments with empirical data
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
LING101 or LING111 or ENGL123 or ENGL112
LING201, LING206, LING211
Students must attend one activity from each section.
An introduction to English morphology :words and their structure;
Edinburgh University Press, 2002 (2nd edition - published 2018).
Miller, J. E.1942-;
An introduction to English syntax;
Edinburgh University Press, 2001 (2nd edition, published 2008).
This is the only edition of the text that you can buy new. You are also welcome to use the 2nd edition of this book (published in 2007), which was the set text in previous years, and thus may still be available secondhand.Both textbooks are available from the UC library.
Library portalThe course outline is available on LEARN (only for students enrolled in this course).
Domestic fee $761.00
International fee $3,188.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Language, Social and Political Sciences.