LING403-12W (C) Whole Year 2012

Syntactic Theory

30 points
20 Feb 2012 - 11 Nov 2012


Current issues in generative syntax.

Comparative syntax is the study of syntactic differences between languages. Its aims are to identify core properties that all languages have in common, and to provide a theoretical account of the ways in which the syntax of one language or variety may differ from that of another.

This course offers first-hand experience of comparative syntactic research, and provides students with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to pursue more advanced studies in the field. We will start by choosing a particular topic to work on as a class and reviewing some of the existing literature. Throughout the year, every student will collect and analyse relevant data from a language of their choice, and we will use our weekly meetings to compare these data and discuss their implications for different theoretical approaches to comparative syntax. While individual student projects will focus on data from one language, we will also try to develop an analysis that can account for the cross-linguistic similarities and differences in the data we have amassed as a class.

Learning Outcomes


Subject to approval of the Programme Director.

Streams Day Time Where Notes
Stream 01 Monday 10:00am-12:00pm Logie 103 20 Feb - 1 Apr,
23 Apr - 3 Jun,
9 Jul - 19 Aug,
3 Sep - 14 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Heidi Quinn


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Data Collection 10%
Critical Review 30%
Oral Presentation 10%
Written Assignment 50%

Course links

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Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,502.00

* 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.

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