Syntax and Morphology of the English Language
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Inglise keele morfoloogia ja süntaks
Course title in English
Syntax and Morphology of the English Language
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2018/2019  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To provide a comprehensive overview of the syntax and morphology of the English language, including interactions between morphology and syntax, and between morphology and the lexicon.
Brief description of the course
The topics covered include: genetic affiliation and typological profile of English, traditional parts of speech (noun phrases, verb phrases, adjective/adverb phrases, closed categories), expression of grammatical features in English, clause structure, the concept of word, word and its parts (bound and free morphemes), inflectional and derivational morphology in English, regular and irregular inflection, issues related to compounds vs. phrases; productivity (formal and semantic regularity), characteristics of Germanic and non-Germanic derivation; fashions in morphology.
Independent work
Independent work includes home assignments and reading of set texts. All the assignments should be submitted by deadline in the course homepage in Moodle.
Learning outcomes in the course
On a successful completion of the course, the student will know the relevant technical terminology related to the topics discussed; will be able to identify traditional parts of speech, determine phrase and clause structure and various sentence types; will have a comprehensive overview of English word structure and formation; is able to discuss issues related to morphology and identify its interactions between syntax and the lexicon.
Assessment methods
written assignments (25%), a mid-term test (25%), and a written examination (50%)
Helis Rõuk
Study literature
Tekstivalik koostatud õppejõu poolt, kohustuslikud lugemistekstid saadaval kursuse kodulehel Moodle’is.
A reader compiled by lecturer and available on the course website in Moodle.
Replacement literature
Aarts, B. & A. McMahon. 2006. The Handbook of English linguistics. Malden, MA; Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
Bauer, L. 2003. Introducing linguistic morphology. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press.
Booj, G. 2007. The grammar of words: An introduction to linguistic morphology. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.
Brown, D. 2012. Network morphology: A defaults-based theory of word structure. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Carstairs-McCarthy, A. 2002. An Introduction to English morphology. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Erelt, M., Erelt, T. & E. Veldi. 2012. Eesti-inglise keeletaduse sõnastik, 2. trükk. Tallinn: Eesti Keele Sihtasustus.
Galani, A. 2011. Morphology and its interfaces. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Huddleston, R. & G.K. Pullum. 2002. The Cambridge grammar of the English language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Kasik, R. 2013. Komplekssete sõnade struktuur. Tartu: Bookmill.
Payne, T.E. 2010. Understanding English Grammar: A Linguistic Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Spencer, A. & A.M. Zwicky. 2004. The handbook of morphology. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
The Internet Grammar of English: