Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Models of Grammar

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology

DESCRIPTION The aim of this study-unit is to introduce students to the notion of a formal model of grammar and to discuss with them various models of syntax and morphology.

Content Covered:

The notion of a model is explored, in particular within a Generative Grammar paradigm. Two current models of grammar are discussed in detail and compared.


- Chomsky, Noam. 1957. Syntactic Structures. The Hague: Mouton
- Chomsky, Noam. 1965. Aspects of the Theory of Syntax. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press
- Fabri, Ray. 1998. Models of Inflection. In: R. Fabri, A. Ortmann, & T. Parodi (eds.) Models of Inflection. Tübingen: Niemeyer, pp. 1- 10
- Jackendoff, Ray. 2002. Foundations of Language. Oxford: Oxford University Press
- Newmeyer, Fredrick. 1983. Grammatical Theory: Its Limits and its Possibilities. Chicago: University of Chicago Press
- Radford, Andrew 1997. Syntax: A Minimalist Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
- Sells, Peter 1985. Lectures on Contemporary Syntactic Theories: An Introduction to Government-Binding Theory, Generalized Phrase Structure Grammar, and Lexical-Functional Grammar. Stanford: CSLI
- Spencer, Andrew. 1991. Morphological Theory. Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%


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