lin3syn syntax




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Through readings, lecture material, tutorial practice and discussion, and hands-on assignments, students are introduced to the relationship between syntactic (sentence and phrase) structure and the expression of meaning, that is, how speakers use different structures when attempting to express different meanings. The focus is on an analysis of English structure using M. A. K. Halliday's Systemic Functional Grammar, but it is hoped the students will be able to apply what they have learned about constituency, structural relations and semantic relations when thinking about other languages and other theories of structure.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorStephen Morey

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have passed one Linguistics subject from LIN1LCS or LIN1LDD. All other students require co-ordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjects LIN2LAN,LIN3LAN, LIN2SYN

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject at third-year for the Linguitics major or minor in the Bachelor of Arts.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
Readings2015 Understanding Syntax (Fourth Edition)PrescribedTallerman, MaggieROUTLEDGE

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Students are able, independently or in small groups, to present their own views and the views of others in tutorial presentations.

Tutorial discussion
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02. Students will be able to analyse a data set making reference to relevant linguistic theories. Students will further develop their ability to present their ideas in written form. They will become more sophisticated in articulating and defending their analyses.

Text analysis; exams
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03. Students will be able to search for and locate information beyond the specific suggestions embodied in subject guides. Students will be familiar with library resources in the field of linguistic study. Students will be able to show independent thinking in their assessment tasks.

Text analysis
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Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)

04. Students will be able to solve problems of increasing complexity.

Exams; text analysis
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Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)

05. Students will expand the domains of linguistics across which they are able to deploy analytical and problem solving techniques.

Exams; text analysis; tutorials
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Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)

06. Students will work co-operatively on various tasks, and discuss linguistic analyses of particular datasets.

Tutorials; text analysis
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Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorStephen Morey

Class requirements

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Essay (1000 words)3001, 02, 03, 04, 05
Essay (1000 words)3002, 04, 05
one 2 hour exam4002, 04, 05