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LANE-334-EA: Syntax Year 2011 Term 1

Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar

Welcome to LANE-334-EA: Syntax

Year 2011 Term 1
Class Info


A1 08 01C 207A S.M.W..

Instructor: Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar

Office: teachers’ Building, Office no. 4
Telephone: EX. 4373
E-mail: dr.shadiabanjar@gmail.com
Webpage: http://sbanjar.kau.edu.sa/
Office Hours: According to schedule; and by appointment.
Prerequisites: LANE 321: Introduction to Linguistics

Course Description
This course is a basic introduction to syntactic analysis and
argumentation. The emphasis is on syntactic structures and phrase
structure rules. The goal is to let students be familiar with the core facts
of English syntax as well as with terms and concepts central to
transformational grammar. It covers word classes in terms of form and
function, grammatical categories, syntactic categories, simple and
complex sentences, head words and their dependents (complements and
adjuncts), constituent structure (trees, constituency tests), relationships
within sentences such as word order, syntactic processes that change
grammatical relations such as passives, and syntactic processes that don't
change grammatical relations such as relative clauses.
The Main Objectives:

This course is intended as a descriptive and theoretical study of English

syntax. It will equip the student with the tools and techniques for
linguistic analysis as well as with the basic concepts of transformational
grammar. The course aims:

• to gain familiarity with the ideas and principles of generative

• to learn the Phrase Structure And Transformational Rules;
• to be able to use formal reasoning;
• to be able to gain entry to the formal syntactic literature.

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LANE-334-EA: Syntax Year 2011 Term 1
Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar


1. Lind Thomas. Beginning Syntax.

2. Mark Lester. Introductory Transformational Grammar of English


The course consists of lectures as well as PowerPoint presentations with some practice
exercises. Students are expected to read the relevant material before class. Four
assignments will be given throughout the semester.
Chapter 1: Tools of analysis-------p. 1-22
Chapter 2: More on Categories -------p. 23-36
Chapter 3: The Verb Phrase-------p. 37-60
Chapter 4: The Verb Group -------p. 61-79
Chapter 5: The Noun Phrase-------p. 80-100
Chapter 6: Subordination and Coordination -------p. 101-124
Rules: Summary of All Rules -------p. 124-128
- Attend the class regularly
- Do all assignments and exercises
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EA: Syntax Year 2011 Term 1
Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar
- Ask questions in class or during office hours
- Keep up with the new material
- Get into groups to discuss the readings and work on assignments.
Grading of assignments will be done on a check plus (100%). No late assignments will be
pted. Each student will be responsible for presenting the answer to part of an
assignment once during the semester. The correct answers for the assignments will be
conveyed through these presentations. Percentage scores on exams will be based on
objective criteria guided by qualitative judgment, according to the following scale. Final
letter course grades will be computed from total percentage scores on the basis of the
same scale. Some of the exam questions will be essay questions; evaluation of these will
depend on clear, concise, logical argumentation in proper academic English.

Exams must be written on time. In accordance with departmental policy, no make-up

midterms will be given. If a student misses a midterm due to illness, and provides a
doctor’s explanatory
xplanatory note, the final grade will be computed proportionately, based on
the work that the student does complete.
• Syntactic Argumentation and the Structure of English,' by Scott Soames and David
Perlmutter. (1979). Berkeley: University of California Press. 1979.
• Syntax: A Generative Introduction, by Andrew Carnie. (2002). Oxford: Blackwell
• Transformational Grammar: A First Course, by Andrew Radford. (1988). Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press.
• Transformational Grammar,
rammar, by Jamal Ouhalla. London: Edward Arnold.(1994).

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LANE-334-EA: Syntax Year 2011 Term 1
Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar


No. Date period Title What is due?

1 18 - ‫ال‬ 2 Days First week: First session: Introducing the course.

20 - ‫ال‬ 2 Hours Introduction
Second session: Grammatical Units
2 23 - ‫ال‬ 3 Days Second week: First session: Tools of analysis I .
27 - ‫ال‬ 3 Hours Chapter 1 Second session: Tools of analysis II –
Third session: Generative Grammar & Phrase Structure Rules
3 1 - ‫ذو ا
ة‬ 3 Days Third week: First session: Word Categories –
5 - ‫ذو ا
ة‬ 3 Hours Chapter 2
Second session: Phrasal Categories –
Third session: More on Categories
4 8 - ‫ذو ا
ة‬ 3 Days Fourth Week : First session: Jabberwocky –
12 - ‫ذو ا
ة‬ 3 Hours Jabberwocky
Second session: IC –
Third session: Form & Function
5 15 - ‫ذو ا
ة‬ 3 Days Fifth Week: First session: The Class of Verb –
19 - ‫ذو ا
ة‬ 3 Hours Chapter 3
Second session: Types of verbs –
Third session: The Verb Phrase
6 22 - ‫ذو ا
ة‬ 3 Days Sixth Week: First session: Verb Groups –
26 - ‫ذو ا
ة‬ 3 Hours Chapter 4
Second session: Grammatical categories –
Third session: Modal and Primary Auxiliaries
7 29 - ‫ذو ا
ة‬ 3 Days Seventh Week: First session: Quiz –
4 -  ‫ذو ا‬ 3 Hours Quiz & Presentation
Second session: Revision-
Third session: Written Exam.
8 5 -  ‫ذو ا‬ 0 Days
15 - ‫ذو‬
0 Hours Midterm Holiday
9 16 - ‫ذو‬ 2 Days Eighth Week: First session: Presentation of NP –
 ‫ا‬ 2 Hours Chapter 5
18 - ‫ذو‬
Second session: Pronouns –
 ‫ا‬ Third session: Pre-modification

10 21 - ‫ذو‬ 3 Days Ninth Week: First session: Determiners –

 ‫ا‬ 3 Hours Chapter 5
25 - ‫ذو‬
Second session: Genitives -Adjective phrases –
 ‫ا‬ Third session: Midterm Exam

11 28 - ‫ذو‬ 3 Days Tenth Week: First session: Post-modification –

 ‫ا‬ 3 Hours Chapter 5
2 - ‫م‬
Second session: Quiz 2-
Third session: Presentation of Coordination within an NP
12 5 - ‫م‬ 3 Days Eleventh Week: First session: Presentation of Subordination –
9 - ‫م‬ 3 Hours Chapter 6:
Second session: Presentation of Coordination –
Third session: Presentation on analyzing Jabberwocky.
13 12 - ‫م‬ 3 Days Twelfth Week: First session: Review –
16 - ‫م‬ 3 Hours All PSR
Second session: General Practice & Presentations –
Third session: Presentation & discussion.
14 19 - ‫م‬ 3 Days Thirteenth Week
23 - ‫م‬ 3 Hours Presentation & discussion
15 26 - ‫م‬ 3 Days Fourteenth Week
30 - ‫م‬ 3 Hours Revision
16 9 -  1 Day
29 -  2 Hours Final Final Exam:
9 / 2 / 1432 - 29 / 2 / 1432

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