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Academic year 2014-2015Value date : 1/10/2014
Version 2013-2014
LING0006-1  Syntax

Duration :  30h Th
Number of credits :  
Master in Modern Languages and Literatures : German, Dutch and English, Research Focus , 1st year5
Master in Modern Languages and Literatures : German, Dutch and English, Research Focus , 2nd year5
Master in Linguistics, Research focus, 1st year5
Master in Modern Languages and Literatures : General, Research Focus, 1st year5
Master in Modern Languages and Literatures : General, Research Focus, 2nd year5
Lecturer :  Laurent Rasier
Language(s) of instruction :  
French language
Course contents :  
Syntax is more abstract (less in direct relation with nonlinguistic reality) than phonology and morphology on the one hand, semantics on the other. However, most contemporary linguists agree on the central role of syntax in language.What is that role? How can syntactic phenomena be shown to exist (tests)? How can we describe them (syntactic categories, representations and rules)? What is the relationship between syntax and lexicon? What is universal in syntax? Why? What types of syntactic phenomena can differ in the world's languages. Such problems will be dealt with in the course.
Learning outcomes of the course :  
Mastering and being able to identify and apply syntactic notions, in particular: syntactic categories and functions, valencies, constituent structures, relationships between lexicon, semantics and syntax, between syntactic base and different types of coding.
Prerequisites and co-requisites/ Recommended optional programme components :  
"Grammaire de base" (see below): ch. 6 to 10, 13, 14 (5), 15. Since the notions are elementary, mistakes in this area (in particular mistakes in determining syntactic categories) will be considered big mistakes at the exam.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :  
Texts will have to be read and exercises to be made at home; the exercises will be corrected and commented on in class and constitute a good preparation for the examination.
Master students who take the course in a "finalité approfondie" will have additional texts to read (including texts in English) and additional exercises te make.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :  
Face-to-face. 30 hours; 1st semester; See
Recommended or required readings :  
Required readings: to be determined. To be bought as quickly as possible: S.-G. Chartrand, Cl. Simard, Ch. Sol: Grammaire de base. De Boek, 2012. A few notes might be available but do not replace course attendance.
Assessment methods and criteria :  
Written examination in January; the retake in August/September is oral. As a rule, the aim of the questions is to check the student's understanding and ability to apply. If a paper is to be written in the semester, it can be taken into account for the assessment. See also the remark at the end of "Prerequisites".
Work placement(s) :  
Organizational remarks :  
Contacts :  
Enseignant titulaire Michel KEFER Département de Langues et littératures germaniques Place Cockerill, 3, 4000 Liège Tél. 04 366 54 09 E-mail Secrétariat Sabrina DEWAR Place Cockerill 3, 4000 Liège Tél. 04 366 54 66

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