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7AAN2091 Theory of Grammar

THIS MODULE IS NOT RUNNING IN 2017-18

Credit value: 20
Module tutor: Professor Shalom Lappin
Assessment: 

  • Formative assessment: one x 3,000-word essay
  • Summative assessment: one x two-hour end of year examination

Teaching pattern: one weekly two-hour lecture/seminar
Pre-requisites: none
Sample syllabus: Please see the Past syllabi section below for an indication of the syllabus for this module.

Additional information:

  • The lectures/seminars will be shared with students taking 6AANA036 Formal Syntax, although in other respects they will be subject to different requirements
  • Core module for students in the MA Language & Cognition programme
  • Available as an option for students in the other MA programmes, although students should take note that the approach will be a technical one, more in the realm of formal linguistics than philosophy as such: students will need competence in symbolic logic
  • Students who do opt to take this would do well to take 7AAN2092 Theory of Meaning in the second semester too.

The course will provide an overview of theories of formal syntax, considered from the perspective of logic, linguistics, and philosophy of language. It will introduce students to the formulation of a grammar as a formal system of rules and constraints. It will give students essential background in formal language theory, current grammar formalisms, and the computational properties of different theories of grammar. The course will provide an introduction to formal syntax, considered from the perspective of logic, linguistics, and philosophy of language. It will introduce students to the formulation of a grammar as a formal system of rules and constraints. 

Further information

Module aims

The course will provide an overview of theories of formal syntax, considered from the perspective of logic, linguistics, and philosophy of language.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, the students will be able to demonstrate intellectual, transferable and practicable skills appropriate to a level-7 module and in particular will be able to demonstrate that they have:

  • A clear understanding of the theory of formal grammar
  • A clear understanding of the relationship between grammar and interpretation at the level of sentences and their constituents
  • Familiarity with core issues in determining the cognitive properties of a grammar as the representation of a speaker’s linguistic knowledge of his/her language
  • A mastery of the central philosophical questions raised by the processes through which speakers learn the grammar of their language 
Past syllabi

7AAN2091 module syllabus 2012-13(pdf)
7AAN2091 module syllabus 2013-14 (pdf)
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AAN2091 module syllabus 2014-15 (pdf)
7AAN2091 module syllabus 2015-16 (pdf)

Please note that module syllabus and topics covered may vary from year to year.

The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary depending between years.
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