ELL221 : Syntax

Convenor(s): Dr Robyn Orfitelli


Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course Convenor.

General Information

This module builds on what students have learnt in ELL113 Structure of English at Level 1, providing a more in-depth look at the structure and organising principles of sentences. We develop the tree structures students learn in first year, and see how these structures form a system of representation that can be used for any language. This involves thinking about the universal constraints on the grouping of words into phrases, and consideration of various operations that move elements around inside sentences to generate the word orders we see written or hear spoken, while at the same time ensuring that sentences satisfy formal constraints. In other words, the module provides an opportunity for students to think in more depth about why sentences are structured the way that they are.


There is one lecture plus one seminar per week. The lecture will introduce the content, which we will then discuss in the weekly seminar.


Weekly assignments, final exam

Contact Details

0114 222 0224


Information last changed: Tuesday 15th of March 2016 :: 03:59:43 PM (GMT)


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