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Linguistics 2: The Syntax of English

Course
2013-2014

Admission requirements

None.

Description

This course is an introduction to the syntax (sentence structure) of Modern English. We will discuss the classification of words into syntactic categories, and how words can be combined into phrases and phrases into sentences. We will introduce the notion of constituent movement and we will also discuss the function of words and phrases in the sentence as well as different verb complementation types.

Course objectives

Students have:

  • acquired insight into the grammatical structure of Modern English;

  • have some familiarity with methods of linguistic analysis.

Timetable

The timetable will be available by June 1st on the website.

Mode of instruction

Lecture (2 hour per week) and seminar (2 hours per week)

Course Load

  • time spent on attending lectures and seminars: 52 hours

  • time for studying the compulsory literature: 108 hours

  • time to prepare for the exam and in-term quizzes: 120 hours

Assessment method

3 in-term quizzes (30%); final written examination (70%). If the in-term quiz average is lower than the written examination mark, only the latter will be taken into account

Blackboard

Yes

Reading list

  • Noel Burton-Roberts (2011), Analysing sentences: An introduction to English syntax, 3rd edn. Harlow Pearson.

  • David Crystal (1995), Cambridge encyclopedia of the English language, Cambridge: C.U.P. (2nd edition 2003).

Registration

First year students will be assigned to a tutor group. All other students (including exchange students) must see the coordinator of studies and register with her. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or mail: english@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

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Registration via Contractonderwijs

Contact

English Language and Culture departmental office, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; english@hum.leidenuniv.nl.
Coordinator of studies: Ms T.D. Obbens, MA, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103C.