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Syllabus 2018-19 - 76313008 - Recent Trends in English Syntax (Recent trends in English syntax)

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  • Level 1: Tutorial support sessions, materials and exams in this language
  • Level 2: Tutorial support sessions, materials, exams and seminars in this language
  • Level 3: Tutorial support sessions, materials, exams, seminars and regular lectures in this language
DEGREE: Máster Univ. en Online en English Studies (OMIES) / Estudios ingleses
FACULTY: Centre for Postgraduate Studies of the University of Jaen

ACADEMIC YEAR: 2018-19
SYLLABUS
1. COURSE BASIC INFORMATION
NAME: Recent Trends in English Syntax
CODE: 76313008 ACADEMIC YEAR: 2018-19
LANGUAGE: English LEVEL: 3
ECTS CREDITS: 3.0 YEAR: 1 SEMESTER: SC
 
2. LECTURER BASIC INFORMATION
NAME: RIZO RODRÍGUEZ, ALFONSO
DEPARTMENT: U115 - FILOLOGÍA INGLESA
FIELD OF STUDY: 345 - FILOLOGÍA INGLESA
OFFICE NO.: D2 - 249 E-MAIL: arizo@ujaen.es P: 953 212135
WEBSITE: http://www10.ujaen.es/conocenos/departamentos/filing/3422
LANGUAGE: English LEVEL: 3
 
3. CONTENT DESCRIPTION

Module 1: INTRODUCTION: BASIC CONCEPTS IN SYNTAX
1. Definition of syntax and of some basic syntactic notions
2. Constituent structure
3. Syntactic categories
4. Grammatical functions:
4.1. Sentence level
4.2. Phrase level


Module 2: A MULTI-FACETED APPROACH TO SYNTAX: THE SYNTAX-SEMANTICS-PRAGMATICS INTERFACE

Module 2.1: DEPENDENCY, VALENCY AND ARGUMENT STRUCTURE
1. Preliminary notions
2. Definition of key terms: valency, dependency and argument structure
3. Dependents of the verb
4. Syntactic and semantic valency


Module 2.2: X-BAR SYNTAX AND PRINCIPLES-AND-PARAMETERS THEORY
1. Introduction
2. Basic concepts of Chomskyan linguistics:
2.1. Universal Grammar
2.2. The Language Faculty
2.3. Competence
2.4. I-Language and E-Language
3. Principles-and-Parameters Theory
4. X-Bar Theory and the description of English syntax: projections

 

Module 2.3: A CONSTRUCTIONIST APPROACH TO SYNTAX
1. Introduction
2. Origins of the theory and general tenets
3. Key features of constructions:
3.1. Definition
3.2. The integration of verb and construction
4. Typology of constructions
5. Some common syntactic constructions of English:
5.1. The ditransitive construction
5.2. The caused-motion construction
5.3. The resultative construction
5.4. The way-construction


Module 2.4: EXPLORATIONS IN FUNCTIONAL SYNTAX
1. Introduction
2. Theoretical framework: formalist-functionalist linguistics
3. Functional Sentence Perspective
4. Thematic structure and information structure  of the sentence
5. The packaging of information in the sentence:
5.1. Communicative factors
5.2. Prosodic factors
5.3. Grammatical factors
6. Noncanonical syntactic constructions:
6.1. Preposing constructions
6.2. Postposing constructions
6.3. Processes of preposing and postposing.

4. COURSE DESCRIPTION AND TEACHING METHODOLOGY

Close reading and study of the learning modules and the set readings. Solving doubts in tutorials: 45 hours.

Participation in the discussions on the forum. 15 hours.

Writing an essay in English intended as a critical synthesis of the course contents. 15 hours.

Since this is an online course, the total workload (75 hours) must be handled by students individually at home.

Students with special educational needs should contact the Student Attention Service (Servicio de Atención y Ayudas al Estudiante) in order to receive the appropriate academic support

5. ASSESSMENT METHODOLOGY

The assessement of the student training will be based on the following:

  1. a) Doing the practical exercises proposed (20%)
  2. b) Relevant contributions to the forum (20%)
  3. c) Quality of the written essay (60%)

6. BOOKLIST
MAIN BOOKLIST:
  • A comprehensive grammar of the English language. Edition: 1st published., 7th corr. impression. Author: -. Publisher: London ; New York: Longman, 1989  (Library)
  • Concise encyclopedia of syntactic theories. Edition: -. Author: -. Publisher: Londres: Pergamón, cop. 1996  (Library)
  • The handbook of linguistics. Edition: -. Author: -. Publisher: Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 2001.  (Library)
  • Information status and noncanonical word order in English. Edition: -. Author: Birner, Betty J.. Publisher: Amsterdam: John Benjamins, cop. 1998  (Library)
  • Concise encyclopedia of syntactic theories. Edition: -. Author: -. Publisher: Londres: Pergamón, cop. 1996  (Library)
  • Constructions: a construction grammar approach to argument structure. Edition: -. Author: Goldberg, Adele. Publisher: Chicago: University of Chicago Press, cop. 1995  (Library)
  • An introduction to functional grammar. Edition: 3rd ed., 1st published. Author: Halliday, M. A. K.. Publisher: London: Arnold, 2004  (Library)
  • The Cambridge grammar of the English language. Edition: 1st published, 3rd printing. Author: Huddleston, Rodney. Publisher: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005  (Library)
  • Government and binding theory and the minimalist program: principles and parameters in syntactic the. Edition: [1st ed., repr.]. Author: -. Publisher: Oxford ; Cambridge, Estados Unidos : Blackwell, 1996  (Library)
  • English syntax and argumentation . Edition: -. Author: Aarts, Bas. Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008  (Library)
  • English syntax and argumentation. Edition: 3rd ed.. Author: Aarts, Bas. Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008  (Library)
  • The handbook of linguistics. Edition: -. Author: -. Publisher: Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 2001.  (Library)
  • Concise encyclopedia of syntactic theories. Edition: -. Author: -. Publisher: Londres: Pergamón, cop. 1996  (Library)
  • The handbook of linguistics. Edition: -. Author: -. Publisher: Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 2001.  (Library)
  • Information status and noncanonical word order in English. Edition: -. Author: Birner, Betty J.. Publisher: Amsterdam: John Benjamins, cop. 1998  (Library)
  • Concise encyclopedia of syntactic theories. Edition: -. Author: -. Publisher: Londres: Pergamón, cop. 1996  (Library)
  • Constructions: a construction grammar approach to argument structure. Edition: -. Author: Goldberg, Adele. Publisher: Chicago: University of Chicago Press, cop. 1995  (Library)
  • An introduction to functional grammar. Edition: 3rd ed., 1st published. Author: Halliday, M. A. K.. Publisher: London: Arnold, 2004  (Library)
  • The Cambridge grammar of the English language. Edition: 1st published, 3rd printing. Author: Huddleston, Rodney. Publisher: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005  (Library)
  • Government and binding theory and the minimalist program: principles and parameters in syntactic the. Edition: [1st ed., repr.]. Author: -. Publisher: Oxford ; Cambridge, Estados Unidos : Blackwell, 1996  (Library)
  • English syntax and argumentation . Edition: -. Author: Aarts, Bas. Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008  (Library)
  • A comprehensive grammar of the English language. Edition: 1st published., 7th corr. impression. Author: -. Publisher: London ; New York: Longman, 1989  (Library)
  • English syntax and argumentation. Edition: 3rd ed.. Author: Aarts, Bas. Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008  (Library)
  • The handbook of linguistics. Edition: -. Author: -. Publisher: Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 2001.  (Library)
ADDITIONAL BOOKLIST:
  • Functional sentence perspective in written and spoken communication. Edition: -. Author: Firbas, Jan. Publisher: Cambridge: University Press, 1992  (Library)
  • Lectures on government and binding: the Pisa lectures. Edition: 5th ed. Author: Chomsky, Noam, 1928-. Publisher: Dordrecht [etc.]: Foris Publications, 1988  (Library)
  • Los verbos catenativos ingleses . Edition: -. Author: Rizo Rodríguez, Alfonso Jesús. Publisher: Granada: Universidad, 1990  (Library)
  • Constructions at work: the nature of generalization in language. Edition: -. Author: Goldberg, Adele. Publisher: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006  (Library)
  • A functional analysis of present day English on a general linguistic basis. Edition: -. Author: Mathesius, Vilém. Publisher: The Hague: Mouton, 1975  (Library)
  • Elementos de sintaxis estructural. Edition: -. Author: Tesniere, Lucien. Publisher: Madrid: Gredos, D.L. 1994  (Library)
  • An introduction to syntactic theory. Edition: -. Author: Moravcsik, Edith A. Publisher: London ; New York : Continuum, c2006  (Library)
  • Syntax. Edition: 1st published, repr. Author: Matthews, P. H.. Publisher: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987  (Library)
  • A valency dictionary of english: a corpus based analysis of the complementation patterns of english. Edition: -. Author: -. Publisher: Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2004  (Library)
  • Functional sentence perspective in written and spoken communication. Edition: -. Author: Firbas, Jan. Publisher: Cambridge: University Press, 1992  (Library)
  • Lectures on government and binding: the Pisa lectures. Edition: 5th ed. Author: Chomsky, Noam, 1928-. Publisher: Dordrecht [etc.]: Foris Publications, 1988  (Library)
  • Los verbos catenativos ingleses . Edition: -. Author: Rizo Rodríguez, Alfonso Jesús. Publisher: Granada: Universidad, 1990  (Library)
  • Constructions at work: the nature of generalization in language. Edition: -. Author: Goldberg, Adele. Publisher: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006  (Library)
  • A functional analysis of present day English on a general linguistic basis. Edition: -. Author: Mathesius, Vilém. Publisher: The Hague: Mouton, 1975  (Library)
  • Elementos de sintaxis estructural. Edition: -. Author: Tesniere, Lucien. Publisher: Madrid: Gredos, D.L. 1994  (Library)
  • An introduction to syntactic theory. Edition: -. Author: Moravcsik, Edith A. Publisher: London ; New York : Continuum, c2006  (Library)
  • Syntax. Edition: 1st published, repr. Author: Matthews, P. H.. Publisher: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987  (Library)
  • A valency dictionary of english: a corpus based analysis of the complementation patterns of english. Edition: -. Author: -. Publisher: Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2004  (Library)