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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
Course unit
SYNTAX
LE03122731, A.A. 2017/18

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
LE0613, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SYNTAX
Department of reference Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies
E-Learning website https://elearning.unipd.it/scienzeumane/course/view.php?idnumber=2017-LE0613-000ZZ-2017-LE03122731-N0
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge CECILIA POLETTO L-LIN/01

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Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
LE03122731 SYNTAX CECILIA POLETTO LE0610

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses L-LIN/01 Glottology and Linguistics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
10 1819 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 POLETTO CECILIA (Presidente)
VANELLI LAURA (Membro Effettivo)
BERTOCCI DAVIDE (Supplente)
GARZONIO JACOPO (Supplente)
VIGOLO MARIA TERESA (Supplente)
3 1617 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 POLETTO CECILIA (Presidente)
VANELLI LAURA (Membro Effettivo)
BERTOCCI DAVIDE (Supplente)
GARZONIO JACOPO (Supplente)
VIGOLO MARIA TERESA (Supplente)
2 1718 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 POLETTO CECILIA (Presidente)
VANELLI LAURA (Membro Effettivo)
BERTOCCI DAVIDE (Supplente)
GARZONIO JACOPO (Supplente)
VIGOLO MARIA TERESA (Supplente)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Detailed knowledge of descriptive grammar, ability to read scientific English
Target skills and knowledge: Detailed knowledge of modern syntactic theory and of the phenomena discussed in the course (see section on contents)
acquisition of the hability to follow a complex line of argumentation in the domain of formal linguistics and in particular a) hability to reproduce complex argumentations b) hability to find counterexamples to a given argumentation
Examination methods: written test with excercises and open questions
Assessment criteria: The evaluataion criteria of the course will concern
a) the hability to treat the phenomena investigated in the course within the framework of the theories discussed in class
b) the critical and argumentative habilities
Course unit contents: The course includes an introduction to formal theories of modern syntax. Starting from the notion of constituent, we will take into account X' theory, the structure of main and embedded clauses and some typical phenomena of Romance, in particular of modern and old Italian. On this empirical basis we will discuss some general notions like (a general restrictions on human language in relation to the acquisition of the mother-tongue b) the notion of szntactic movement and the general constraints imposed on it. We will discuss the following phenomena a) the split in different verbal classes with respect to auxiliary selection (theory of unaccusativity) b) preposing phenomena like left dislocation, focalization and cleft clauses (theory of the left periphery) c) phenomena related to the realization of pronouns (null subjects, syntactic position of different types of pronouns and clitic doubling). Every topic will be discussed on the basis of a series of scientific articles in small groups and with the professor with excercises.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: General lecture from the professor in the first part of the lesson
group work in the second part of the lesson
correction of exercises in class and via moodle
Additional notes about suggested reading: See online course on moodle
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)