15 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module introduces the core concepts of universal grammar and the syntactic structure of Mandarin Chinese. The module adopts the idea that languages share common traits, and where they differ, they differ in a constrained manner. It intends to acquaint the students with the basic concepts of generative linguistics and to increase the students' understanding of the grammar of Chinese in comparison with those of other languages. Through this module, it is hoped that the students will be able to describe the Chinese grammar in an effective way in their future instruction of Chinese, and will be able to use syntactic articles as a possible reference for their future teaching. The module also forms a foundation for the Mandarin Chinese and Second Language Acquisition Module.

Staff Contact: Dr Lucy Xia Zhao
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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