Academic year 2017/2018 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title COMPARATIVE SYNTAX 2 MOD. 1
Course code LM5470 (AF:263436 AR:135643)
Modality Frontal Lesson
ECTS credits 6 out of 12 of COMPARATIVE SYNTAX 2
Degree level Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code L-LIN/01
Period 1st Semester
Course year 1
Course objectives
Consolidate knowledge and understanding of Theoretical Syntax, with particular regard, but not limited to minimalist syntax. Empower the students' ability of applying knowledge and understanding while formulating a hypothesis, collecting data, presenting an argument in an effective way.
The student is expected to develop autonomy of judgements in bibliographical research, motivated adoption of a framework, expressing constructive and motivated criticism about the literature consulted as well as the work of the peers.
Oral communication skills will be developed.
A basic knowledge of general linguistics, which can be achieved also through some readings to be done at the beginning of the course
the Syntax of the interfaces, with special regard to Nominal Expressions
La sintassi alle interfacce, con particolare riguardo alle espressioni nominali.
Strumenti di analisi di base. Il corso è tenuto in lingua inglese:
1. Basic Tools of Analysis
a. the interaction of syntax at the interfaces
b. X-bar theory
c. argument structure
d. the inflectional layer
e. the complementation layer
f. parallels between nominal expressions and clauses

2. The interpretive interface
a. denotation vs reference
b. a typology of articles
c. the syntactic representation of determiners
Referral texts
Giuliana Giusti 2015 Nominal Syntax at the Interfaces. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Thyne,
more readings will be provided in the virtual classroom
Type of exam
Assessment methods
Oral presentation of an original research topic, in the following rates: the correct application of knowledge and understanding (40%), autonomy of judgements with respect to the adopted framework and the capacity of defending communicating skills.
Teaching methods
Class lectures, virtual classroom
Teaching language
The oral exam consists in a presentation of a personal research topic, to be developed under the directions of the teacher
  • University credits of sustainability: 1
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book
  • Use of virtual forum, blog or wiki
  • E-learning, moodle platforms
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