LING30070 Syntax 3

Academic Year 2020/2021

This module mainly deals with phrasal movement (DP-movement and Wh-movement) and related instances of cross-linguistic variation. It explores the relationship between DP-movement and Case and between Wh-movement and interpretive features such as [Q] and [WH]. Additionally, it examines locality conditions, both movement-specific and global. The content is formal in nature and involves a substantial amount of abstraction aimed at identifying underlying patterns.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of the module, students are expected to
--appreciate the phrasal movement property of language and its role in cross-linguistic variation;
--identify patterns of distribution involving phrasal movement and constraints on them across constructions and languages;
--represent phrasal movement and related derivational properties in the form of a tree-diagram;
--appreciate and manipulate evidence-based argumentation for the purpose of problem-solving and theory construction.

Indicative Module Content:

DP-movement and Case (passive, unaccusative and raising constructions)
Locality constraints on DP-movement
Wh-movement and the interpretive features [Q] and [WH] (wh-questions, relative clauses)
Locality constraints on Wh-movement (e.g. island conditions)
Global locality constraints on Movement in general
Cross-linguistic variation involving Movement

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The teaching and learning of the module rely on in-lecture problem sets and collective feedback on them.
Assessment is based on problem-sets and takes the form of take-home assignments.
The module and its assessment will be delivered online via Brightspace. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

LING20010 Syntax 2. International students are advised to ensure they have equivalent pre-requisite knowledge.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
LING20010 - Syntax 2

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Problem sets Week 6 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Problem sets Week 12 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback on Week 6 Assignment provided in Weeks 8-11

Title: Syntax: A Generative Introduction
Edition: Third, 2013
Author: Andrew Carnie
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Name Role
Ms Yulia Baturova Tutor