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LANE 334: Syntax
Second Semester 2010
Instructor: Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar
Office: teachers’ Building, Office no. 4, EX. 4373
Office Hours: According to schedule; and by appointment.
Prerequisites: LANE 321: Introduction to Linguistics
This course is a basic introduction to syntactic analysis and argumentation. The emphasis is
on description, with some analysis and argumentation. The goal is to become familiar with
core facts of English syntax, as well as with terms and concepts central to different syntactic
theories. It covers word classes in terms of form and function, grammatical categories,
syntactic categories, simple and complex sentences, head words and their dependents
(complements and adjuncts), constituent structure (trees, constituency tests), relationships
within sentences such as word order, syntactic processes that change grammatical relations
such as passives, and syntactic processes that don't change grammatical relations such as
relative clauses. Problems and discussion will focus on English.
1. Lind Thomas. Beginning Syntax.
2. Mark Lester. Introductory Transformational Grammar of English.
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Components of the Course
The course consists of lectures as well as PowerPoint presentations with some practice
exercises. Students are expected to read the relevant material before class. Four
assignments will be given throughout the semester.
Chapter 1: Tools of analysis-------p. 1-22
Chapter 2: More on Categories -------p. 23-36
Chapter 3: The Verb Phrase-------p. 37-60
Chapter 4: The Verb Group -------p. 61-79
Chapter 5: The Noun Phrase-------p. 80-100
Chapter 6: Subordination and Coordination -------p. 101-124
Rules: Summary of All Rules -------p. 124-128
Tips for Success
- Attend the class regularly
- Do all assignments and exercises
- Ask questions in class or during office hours
- Keep up with the new material
- Get into groups to discuss the readings and work on assignments.
Grading of assignments will be done on a check plus (100%). No late assignments will be
accepted. Each student will be responsible for presenting the answer to part of an
assignment once during the semester. The correct answers for the assignments will be
conveyed through these presentations. Percentage scores on exams will be based on
objective criteria guided by qualitative judgment, according to the following scale. Final letter
course grades will be computed from total percentage scores on the basis of the same scale.
Some of the exam questions will be essay questions; evaluation of these will depend on
clear, concise, logical argumentation in proper academic English.
Exams must be written on time. In accordance with departmental policy, no make-up
midterms will be given. If a student misses a midterm due to illness, and provides a doctor’s
explanatory note, the final grade will be computed proportionately, based on the work that
the student does complete.
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• Syntax: A Generative Introduction, by Andrew Carnie. (2002). Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
• Transformational Grammar: A First Course by Andrew Radford. (1988). Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press. ISBN 0 521 34750 5
• Transformational Grammar, by Jamal Ouhalla. London: Edward Arnold. ISBN=0340556307.
Library Catalog: PE 1106 093 1994
• Syntactic Argumentation and the Structure of English by Scott Soames and David Perlmutter.
(1979). Berkeley: University of California Press. 1979.
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