LING217-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Grammatical structure

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


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 introduces grammatical structures in both morphology (words) and syntax (sentences). Both types of structure are essential parts of how languages encode meaning. The goal of the course is to understand both the range of structures that are found in language as well as how morphological and syntactic structure interacts. The course introduces different empirical methods for uncovering grammatical structure: introspection, corpus data, and psycholinguistic experiments.

Learning Outcomes

  • Through their experiences with this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe morpho-syntactic patterns in language data
  • Apply methods of morpho-syntactic analysis to samples of real-world language use
  • Identify and categorize morpho-syntactic structures using evidence-based methods
  • Formulate an original linguistic analysis of an extended discourse
  • Defend their original analysis using evidence-based methods
    • University Graduate Attributes

      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.


Any 15 points at any level from LING.


LING201, LING206, LING211

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 17:00 Meremere 105 Lecture Theatre (17/2-16/3)
- (23/3, 20/4, 4/5-25/5)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 26 Apr
4 May - 31 May
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 A8 Lecture Theatre (19/2-18/3)
- (25/3, 22/4-27/5)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May

Course Coordinator

Jonathan Dunn


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Quizzes 30% Weekly.
Participation 10% Weekly.
Mid-term project 24 Apr 2020 25%
Final project 35% Due during exam period (date TBD)

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Carstairs-McCarthy, Andrew; An introduction to English morphology : words and their structure; 2nd edition; Edinburgh University Press, 2018.

Recommended Reading

Miller, J. E; An introduction to English syntax; 2nd ed; Edinburgh University Press, 2008.

Both textbooks are available from the UC library.

Course links

Library portal
The course outline is available on LEARN (only for students enrolled in this course).
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Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* 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.

All LING217 Occurrences

  • LING217-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020