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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 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.
Through their experiences with this course, students will be able to:Describe morpho-syntactic patterns in language dataApply methods of morpho-syntactic analysis to samples of real-world language use Identify and categorize morpho-syntactic structures using evidence-based methodsFormulate an original linguistic analysis of an extended discourseDefend their original analysis using evidence-based methods
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
Students must attend one activity from each section.
An introduction to English morphology : words and their structure;
Edinburgh University Press, 2018.
Miller, J. E;
An introduction to English syntax;
Edinburgh University Press, 2008.
Both textbooks are available from the UC library.
Library portalThe course outline is available on LEARN (only for students enrolled in this course).
To access the Learn page for the course, go to www.learn.canterbury.ac.nz, and log in with your usual UC username and password. You will see a menu of the courses you are enrolled in.
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.