ENGS13/15-16 Syntax 5 ECTS
Period I Period II Period III Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
DP in English Language, Literature and Translation
Faculty of Communication Sciences

General description

This course is an introduction to the description and explanatory modeling of English syntax in a way that will take students far beyond the basics.

The focus will be on constituent structure, the hierarchical relationship between sentence constituents, and the reordering processes that permit us to formulate and comprehend a broad range of structures. This will enable students to understand and explain how the syntax of English works and how it contrasts with the syntax of other languages, but ultimately has much in common with the syntax of all languages. The learning goals for the course involve your acquiring the ability to analyze English sentences, to identify different types of main, complement, and adjunct clauses, and to formulate precise linguistic generalizations about the sentences and constructions that you analyze. This expertise can be applied, not just to standard English, but to regional and social varieties of English, as well as to Finnish and other languages you know, study, teach, and research.

Enrolment for University Studies

Enrolment time has expired


Peter Slomanson, Teacher responsible


4-Sep-2018 – 4-Dec-2018
Tue 4-Sep-2018 - 4-Dec-2018 weekly at 12-14, Pinni B 4119