University of Liege | Version française
Academic year 2014-2015Value date : 21/10/2014
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
Organisation and examination :  
Teaching in the second semester
Course contents :  
The course gives a broad but non-exhaustive overview of syntactic research.
The first part of the class deals with general theoretical, conceptual and methodological issues in the fields of syntax, syntactic theory and syntactic research. It tackles the issues of data collection (tests), data description (terminology, theoretical frameworks), and data represetation.
The second part of the course is devoted to more specific questions:
- Place of syntax in a model of speech production (encoding) and speech perception (decoding)
- Relationship between syntax and the other components of language, i.e. the issue of syntactic interfaces (incl. syntax-lexis and syntax-discourse interface)
- Syntactic variation, incl. an introduction to syntactic typology, to contrastive syntax, and to the comparative analysis of registres and genres (formal vs. informal language, written vs. spoken language)
- Syntax in L1 and L2 acquisition
- Syntax and language pathology
Theses issues will be dealt with in case studies involving various syntactic phenomena in French but also in other (non-)related languages.
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.
Personnal and critical reflection on syntax, its relationships with other components of language, its place in a psycholinguistic model of speech production and perception.
Critical approach to syntactic theory and syntactic research.
 
Prerequisites and co-requisites/ Recommended optional programme components :  
Basic knowledge of (general) linguistics, grammar (terminology, nature, and syntactic functions), language typology.
For the "grammatical prerequisites" for this course, see the chapters 6 to 10, 13, 14, 15 in "Grammaire de base" (see references below). Since the notions are elementary, mistakes in this area (in particular mistakes in determining syntactic categories) will be considered big mistakes at the exam.
Very good knowledge of French.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :  
The course will consist of lectures and seminars (presentation and discussion of scientific articles).
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.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :  
Face-to-face. 30 hours; 2nd semester; See http://cipl82.philo.ulg.ac.be/horaires
Recommended or required readings :  
S.-G. Chartrand, Cl. Simard, Ch. Sol: Grammaire de base. De Boek, 2012.
Powerpoint presentations (see MyULg), reader of scientific articles made available at the beginning and/or during the course.
Assessment methods and criteria :  
Written and oral exam. An additional paper will be asked during the course.
Work placement(s) :  
Organizational remarks :  
Contacts :  
Enseignant titulaire Laurent RASIER Département de Langues et littératures germaniques Place Cockerill, 3, 4000 Liège Tél. 04 366 54 03 E-mail laurent.rasier@ulg.ac.be
  Secrétariat Sabrina DEWAR Place Cockerill 3, 4000 Liège Tél. 04 366 54 66 E-mail: s.dewar@ulg.ac.be 

Items online :  
Online Notes
Notes available on MyULg.



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