Course Information
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600011940

Programme of Study: 2018-2019

Registered students: 2
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
At the end of the module, students have a basic understanding of the grammatical mechanisms involved in simple declarative sentences and in questions. They should be able to 1. Identify constituents and their role in the clause structure. 2. Illustrate constituents in the form of tree-diagrams. 3. Apply the basic operations of Merge and Agree for the syntactic analysis of a sentence. 4. Combine syntactic theory with empirical data.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course introduces students to several properties of 'mental grammar' (the system of rules that determines a speaker/hearer's language). We ask what sort of knowledge someone who 'knows a language' has and try to answer that question by developing some of the essential building blocks of natural language grammars theory in the framework of Generative Grammar (the Principles and Parameters approach). We begin with the structure of the clause according to X-bar theory and the information contained in the linguistic Lexicon. Based on the principal operations Agree and Merge we analyse passives, interrogatives, relative clauses and the distribution of pronouns, reflexives and full noun phrases.
Principles & Parameters, X` Theory, phrase structures
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Course Organization
Reading Assigment301.2
Written assigments301.2
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Carnie, A. 2013 . Syntax. A Generative Introduction. Oxford: Blackwell. Haegeman, L. 2006. Thinking Syntactically. A Guide to Argumentation and Analysis. Oxford: Blackwell. Radford, A. 1997. Syntax: A Minimalist Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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