Run by School of Arts, Culture and Language
20.000 Credits or 10.000 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Eirini Sanoudaki
Overall aims and purpose
The module presents students with an overview of topics and data analyses in the fields of morphology and syntax, beginning with a review of terms and terminology. Topics and data analyses include: grammatical categories, morphological mapping, the nature of the morpho-syntactic interface, theoretical syntax, constituent structure and grammatical relations. The module is aimed at students taking the MSc Language Technologies who do not have a background in Linguistics. In order to build relevant knowledge, students attend some introductory lectures (10 hours) while also benefitting from an additional 10 hours of more advanced, specialist workshops to ensure that they reach an advanced level of understanding on a range of topics in morphosyntax and current issues in morphosyntactic research. The knowledge and skills gained in this module will complement those gained in a number of other modules and/or projects on the MSc programme.
This module provides a framework in which to both study and apply key ideas, terms and concepts in the fields of morphology and syntax. The module has two main goals: the first goal is to introduce students to a range of intermediate and advanced ideas and principles central to the study of both morphology and syntax. The second goal is to provide students with the tools to apply the terms and principles to data / problem sets in order to conduct morphological and syntactic analysis. The lectures will provide students with the “big picture”, i.e. central ideas are summarised, important terms and principles defined and theoretical implications outlined. In the seminars, students apply the knowledge gained in lectures to cross linguistic examples and/or data sets and discuss theoretical and applied implications and challenges, with a focus on the computational properties of natural language structures and their interrelations.
The following are representative topics:
1: Word structure and types of morphemes.
2: Productivity, Inflectional morphology.
3: Morphological mappings of grammatical function.
4: Grammatical relations.
5: Dependency relations.
6: Constituent structure.
7: Theories of syntax.
-C / 50%>
Student has achieved the minimum acceptable standard of understanding and/or knowledge in all the learning outcomes. Student can demonstrate a minimum level of understanding of the basic concepts and be able to apply them to data with some degree of accuracy. The answer must show evidence of some background study.
-B / 60%>
Student has achieved a better-than-average standard of understanding and/or knowledge in all learning outcomes, and has a clear and accurate understanding of concepts; ability to apply concepts to data critically and thoughtfully; evidence of wide reading and clear and accurate reference to source materials, including primary sources from current literature; mostly free from misunderstanding and errors of content and from irrelevant material.
-A / 70%>
Student has achieved a thorough standard of understanding and/or knowledge in all learning outcomes; or student has demonstrated an exceptional level of achievement in one or more learning outcomes together with a good overall standard: student has achieved a thorough understanding of the subject, both in terms of content and theory; student is able to apply concepts clearly and accurately; substantial evidence of critical and original thought and analysis; clear, logical argument; evidence of an ability to make new links between topics and/or a new approach to a problem; high level of communicative competence; free from misunderstandings, oversimplifications and irrelevant material; evidence of extensive reading and engagement with various primary sources, with clear and accurate references to source material.
Students will be able to apply research methods that are commonly used in the study of morphology and syntax.
Students will show detailed knowledge of with key components in the study of morphology and syntax.
Students will gain a detailed understanding of current issues in the study of morphological and syntactic structures.
Students will be able to present and discuss concepts, ideas and approaches relating to the study of both morphology and syntax, their role within natural language structure and how their underlying computational systems interact and impact one another.
Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of theoretical notions in the fields of morphology and syntax and the role these domains play in human language, its underlying structures and relational properties.
Students will analyse real language data, apply relevant concepts and terminology and extrapolate patterns from the data.
|Written assignment, including essay||Critical Review||
Students will critically review a piece on current issues in the analysis of syntactic and/or morphological structures.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Five 1-hour seminars/practicals for discussion of issues from lectures, dataset analysis and brief presentation tasks; Seminars will include practical problem solving, analytical exercises and applications of theoretical concepts via individual and group work.
Directed Reading - students are given required reading each week (of about 3 hours) on the topic to be covered in that week's lecture.
In their own time, students will be expected to engage in further reading, go through materials covered in class, do further research on the topics and prepare assignments.
One 2-hour lecture per week (over 5 teaching weeks, 2nd half of semester).
Students may see the lecturer on a one-to-one basis during published office hours (or by appointment) to discuss issues covered in the module, seek clarification on topics and discussions, and discuss feedback on assessments and class exercises.
2hrs per week in second half of the module. Including problem-based workshops and paper-based discussions involving group work.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
Subject specific skills
- Writing & scholarly conventions - students will be able to present data, argumentation, findings and references in written form in keeping with the conventions current in language science and English language studies to an advanced standard.
- Analysis & interpretation skills - students will be able to analyse and interpret data accurately and to draw appropriate conclusions based on the application of appropriate analytic and theoretical frameworks available in linguistics and English language studies.
- Problem solving - students will be able to evidence sophisticated problem-solving skills in formulating problems (factual, empirical, theoretical) in precise terms, identifying key issues, and developing the confidence to address challenging problems using a variety of different approaches
- Evaluation & reflection - students will be able to critically evaluate to an advanced standard a particular position, viewpoint or argument in relation to a specific area of investigation. They will be able to reflect on the efficacy of a particular approach, practice or performance, and moderate these as a consequence in order to achieve specific goals.
- Personal organisation - students will develop the ability to undertake self-directed study and learning with appropriate time-management
- Learning to learn - students will learn to reflect upon, modify and improve their learning strategies
- Information technology - students will develop the ability to use computing and IT skills in order to find, store, interpret and present information, to produce a range of electronic documents and to use software confidently
- Effective communication - students will develop the ability to communicate effectively, appropriately and confidently, in a range of contexts, to different audience types, and making use of a range of supporting materials
- Working effectively with others - students will develop the ability to work well with others as part of a group or a team
- Awareness of and appreciation for linguistic and cultural differences - students will develop an awareness of and an appreciation for the range and nature of linguistic and cultural diversity.
- Knowledge of linguistic theory and application - students will demonstrate a detailed knowledge of terms, issues, principles, aspects and best practices related to the study of human language and linguistics.
- Understanding of the nature and organisation of language - students will demonstrate detailed knowledge of observations and findings relating to various aspects of linguistic phenomena and organization.
- Understanding the nature of commonalities and differences across languages - students will demonstrate detailed knowledge of phenomena and findings relating to universals and diversity exhibited by and across languages.
- Knowledge of the relationship between language and mind/brain - students will demonstrate detailed knowledge of phenomena and findings relating to the complex interdependent relationship between language and mind/brain.
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/qxl-4004.html
- Introducing morphology, by Rochelle Lieber Chomsky's universal grammar: an introduction, by Vivian Cook; Mark Newson
- An introduction to English morphology: words and their structure, by Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy.
- An introduction to syntax, by Robert D.Van Valin.
- Key terms in syntax and syntactic theory, by Silvia Luraghi & Claudia Parodi
- The Bloomsbury companion to syntax, by Silvia Luraghi; Claudia Parodi
- Core syntax: a minimalist approach, by David Adger
- Understanding Syntax, by Maggie Tallerman
- English Syntax and Argumentation, by BAS. AARTS
Courses including this module
Optional in courses:
- Q1BC: MSc Language Technologies year 1 (MSC/LT)