The course is an introduction to how semantics and  syntax try to best represent the relationship holding at the sentence / proposition level between certain lexical items and the obligatory presence of others. The course is also about the interface component, argument structure, and its usefulness.

 

Course Objectives:

- To introduce students to the relation/interaction between the lexicon and the syntax of English

- To acquaint them with the current debate over the issues thereof

 

Course content:

- Aspect as a determining factor of predicate classification

- Verbal and related nominal predicate argument structure

- Syntactic derivation/representation of nominalised structures

TEACHING METHOD:

Lectures and student presentations.

TEXTBOOK:

No set textbook is set. The students will be issued a series of handouts that would cover the topics set for this course.

Evaluation:

The presentations and the reviews by the students will count as continuous assessment. We may also opt for having an end of term test.