Comparative Morphosyntax

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Comparative Morphosyntax

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Linguistics, Phonetics and Phonology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    One 200-level LING paper

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An overview of recent morphological and syntactic research, based on data from a wide range of languages. Students will learn to understand the unity and diversity of the world?s languages. No previous knowledge of languages other than English is required.

    Course Structure
    2)Word Order
    3)Case Marking
    4)Relative Clauses (RC)
    5)Causative Constructions
    6)The Application of Linguistic Typology

    Learning Outcomes
    Students will:
    -Acquire concepts and terminology for linguistic typology
    -Develop a sound understanding of theoretical issues in linguistic typology
    -Develop advanced skills of analysis, argumentation and evaluation in typological analysis
    -Appreciate the unity and diversity of human language

    Song, J. J. (2001) Linguistic Typology: Morphology and Syntax. Harlow and London: Pearson (Longman).

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