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LNGS3704: Theory and typology of grammar

2023 unit information

What are the sets of categories and constructions found in the worlds languages Are they the same or different, and in either case: why Where does linguistic diversity come from, how significant is it, and what sort of linguistic theory (or theories) are able to explain it In this unit, we will address these questions through analysis of a wide range of grammatical phenomena from a diverse set of (mostly non-European) languages.

Unit details and rules

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Code LNGS3704
Academic unit Linguistics
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in Linguistics and LNGS2624
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. develop a detailed understanding of the types of grammatical structures found in the world’s languages, their distribution in the world’s languages, and their communicative functions
  • LO2. develop approaches to explaining both the forms of grammatical structures and their typological distributions on the basis of theories concerning cognition, communicative function, discourse frequency, and/or grammaticalisation
  • LO3. develop approaches to analysing less-familiar grammatical structures using distributional methods
  • LO4. develop an understanding of the inter-coherence of grammatical subsystems through detailed analysis of a less-familiar language

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Semester 1 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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