Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Grammar (Syntax and Morphology)

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology


A grammar must have at least two components, namely, morphology and syntax. The former deals with the word level, i.e. the structure and formation of words, while the latter deals operates at sentence level, i.e. sentence and phrase structure. Fundamental concepts, such as 'word', ‘morpheme’, ‘phrase’ and 'clause’ are discussed in detail and exemplified with data from many different languages.


Basic concepts are discussed and analytical tools are introduced. Specific morphological and syntactic phenomena are examined in detail, including, among others, inflection, derivation and compounding in morphology, and word order, case, agreement and the active/passive construction in syntax.

Reading List

- Borsley, R. D. 1991. Syntactic Theory: a unified approach. London: Arnold
- Brown, K. and Miller, J. 1992 Syntax: a linguistic introduction to sentence structure. (2nd edition) London: Routledge
- Haspelmath, M. 2002. Understanding Morphology. London: Arnold
- Matthews, P. H. 1984. Syntax. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
- Matthews, P. H. 1991. Morphology. (2nd edition) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
- Radford, A. 1988. Transformational Grammar. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
- Radford, A. 1997. Syntax: a minimalist introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
- Spencer, A. 1991. Morphological Theory. Cambridge: Basil Blackwell

ADDITIONAL NOTES Students who are not registered for Linguistics can register for one of the components of this study-unit as: LIN1170 "Morphology" or LIN1270 "Syntax".


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%


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