• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

The course works through in detail how to construct a formal syntactic theory that can accommodate the central syntactic phenomena of a typologically diverse range of grammar.  Lexical-Functional Grammar is the theory most often developed, but certain others might be, instead.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. use basic formal tools of modern theory of syntax, in particular LFG, to analyse certain grammatical structures of English and a range of other languages
  2. read and explore professional literature that applies the theory considered to a range of syntactic phenomena
  3. apply the theory to solve problems encountered in linguistic data from unfamiliar languages
  4. undertake guided research on a given topic for a project, and then present and justify the analysis.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 4 analysis problem-sets illustrating the application of theoretical ideas to concrete data (10% each=40%, Learning Outcomes 1,3), with 1-2 pages of data calling for 2-3 pages of analysis.
  2. A short critical summary of 1000 words (10%, Learning Outcome 2)
  3. A research essay, 2000-2500 words, which can either be an original investigation and analysis of some aspect of the syntax of a language, or a comparison of the way in which two different syntactic theories would handle some kind of syntactic phenomenon (50%, Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4)

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A total of 10 hours per week: 2.7 contact hours + 7.3 hours for readings, problem sets and tutorial/research essay. (130 hours over semester).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed LING2003. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LING2006. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Prescribed readings will be posted on the Wattle website for the course

Preliminary Reading

Suggested preliminary readings will be posted on the Wattle website for the course




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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