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Linguistics 5: English Sentence Structure and Word Formation

Vak
2020-2021

Admission requirements

Pass mark for Linguistics 3 (or similar course).

Description

This course focuses on the structure of English words (morphology) and the structure of English sentences (syntax) and on how these two are connected. In the first part of the course, we will concentrate on morphology, and analyze the ways in which the building blocks of words (morphemes) can combine. In the second part of the course, we will investigate the interaction between English morphology and syntax (e.g. in passives) as well as cases where the boundary between morphology and syntax is unclear (e.g. in phrasal verbs). The discussion of the interplay between morphology and syntax will also involve considering a number of (generative) theoretical perspectives on the boundary between morphology and syntax.

Course objectives

This course aims to help students:

  • acquire knowledge of relevant morphological and syntactic terminology

  • develop the ability to analyze morphological and syntactic structure

  • develop the ability to formulate morphological and syntactic arguments

  • acquire basic knowledge of a number of (generative) theoretical perspectives on the boundary between morphology and syntax

Timetable

The timetable is available on the BA English website

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar (2 hours p/w)

Assessment method

Assessment

  • Written mid-term paper (essay)

  • Final written examination with short open questions and essay questions

Weighing

  • Mid-term written paper: 30%

  • End-of-term examination: 70%

A minimum mark of 5.49 for the mid-term paper
A minimum mark of 5.49 for the end-of-term exam

Attendance is compulsory. Missing more than two tutorials means that students will be excluded from the tutorials. Unauthorized absence also applies to being unprepared, not participating and/or not bringing the relevant course materials to class.

Resit

When the mark for the mid-term written paper is 5.49 or lower, students are required to submit a resit written paper (with a new topic).
When the mark for the end-of-term written exam is 5.49 or lower, students are required to take a resit exam.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

  • Lieber, Rochelle (2015). Introducing Morphology (2nd revised edition). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (selected chapters)

  • Additional reading (to be announced)

Registration

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on the website

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Contact

Please contact Student administration Arsenaal or the coordinator of studies for questions.

Remarks

Disclaimer: Please note that the course descriptions, in particular the assessment method, might be adjusted (timely) depending on the measures taken regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.