Syllabus for Syntax of the World's Languages

Syntax i världens språk

Syllabus

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5LN140
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: General Linguistics A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle
    G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

    Second cycle
    A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2011-09-23
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2019-03-06
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 11, 2019
  • Entry requirements: Fulfilment of the requirements for a Bachelor's degree with a language subject as the main field of study, or Linguistics C.
  • Responsible department: Department of Linguistics and Philology

Decisions and guidelines

The course is given as an independent course.

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to give a comprehensive overview of a selection of the major syntactic patterns in the languages of the world.

On completion of this course, to be given the grade Pass, the student should at least be able:

  • to account for how a selection of the major syntactic constructions are realised cross-linguistically;
  • to relate this knowledge to the corresponding structures found in Swedish and English;
  • to account for how these syntactic constructions are described and discussed in linguistic literature;
  • to account for how the theoretical knowledge of the syntactic constructions treated should be applied in the analysis of empirical language data.

Content

The course provides a comprehensive overview of a selection of syntactic patterns as an illustration of their typical characteristics in the languages of the world. Some examples of syntactic constructions which could be treated on the course are: word class systems (typical characteristics for the main word classes; how universal are the word classes noun, verb, adjective and adverb) and clause combining (coordination, subordination, clause chains, serial verb constructions). Analysis and discussion of the treated syntactic constructions will illustrate how syntactic patterns in Swedish and English are similar or different from the patterns which are common in the languages of the world.

Instruction

The instruction consists of lectures, workshops/tutorials and exams. Students' self-study is a crucial part of this course.

Assessment

Examination is conducted through oral and written tests. Information regarding this will be made available at the start of the course.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University´s disability coordinator.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 36, 2019

  • Song, Jae Jung The Oxford handbook of linguistic typology

    Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011

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