LET-ETCENB103
Syntax 1
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-ETCENB103
Credits (ECTS)5
CategoryB1 (First year bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; English Language and Culture;
Lecturer(s)
Coordinator
dr. O.N.C.J. Koeneman
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Examiner
dr. O.N.C.J. Koeneman
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Lecturer
dr. O.N.C.J. Koeneman
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Contactperson for the course
dr. O.N.C.J. Koeneman
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Lecturer
dr. T. Struik
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Academic year2022
Period
PER 3-PER 4  (30/01/2023 to 03/09/2023)
Starting block
PER 3
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
After this course, you will:
• be familiar with basic syntactic terminology;
• have a good understanding of the major English word classes and their most important characteristics, i.e. can distinguish word classes on the basis of their morphological and syntactic properties;
• have a good understanding of the distinct grammatical functions that play a role in English syntax;
• understand the difference between lexical and functional categories and their role in the grammar;
• know how words are combined into phrases;
• know the difference between simple sentences and complex sentences;
• be able to distinguish between finite and non-finite clauses;
• be familiar with the concept of tree-diagramming according to the X' convention;
• be able to analyze a number of basic phrase and sentence types by applying the X' convention;
• understand what a syntactic theory is;
• understand what the difference is between conceptual and empirical evidence;
• be able to pinpoint the cause of ungrammaticality, both observationally and theoretically.
Content
The course is a first acquaintance with the linguistic description of the English language. The emphasis is on the way in which English phrases and sentences are constructed. You will learn the basic syntactic terminology and will learn how to apply this to the analysis of basic sentence structures, in which the emphasis is on syntactic argumentation. At the same time, you will become acquainted with syntax as a science, see what questions linguists are interested in and why, and you will learn how the study of syntactic properties of English leads to a specific theory of English syntax.
Level

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information

Specifics

Required materials
Book
ISBN:9781107480643
Title:Introducing Syntax
Author:Koeneman, Olaf & Hedde Zeijlstra
Publisher:Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2017

Instructional modes
Lecture
Attendance MandatoryYes

Seminar

General
The weekly lectures present new content, recapitulates familiar content and embeds this content in a broader picture; the weekly seminars offer the students the opportunity to practice their syntactic skills on increasingly more challenging English language material.

Tests
Exam Part 1
Test weight50
Test typeWritten exam
OpportunitiesBlock PER 3, Block PER 4

Minimum grade
5

Exam Part 2
Test weight50
Test typeWritten exam
OpportunitiesBlock PER 4, Block PER 4

Minimum grade
5,5