English] An Introduction to the NP and the VP in English


General information

Course name An Introduction to the NP and the VP in English
Course type Lecture
Course code 050205
Course coordinator Prof. Dr. Matthias Meyer
Faculty Arts and Humanities
Examination office GPA Arts and Humanities
Short summary The lecture outlines the internal constituency of noun phrases and verb phrases in English

Information about study level

Study level Bachelor Year 3
Also possible for Bachelor and Master

Information about credit points, evaluation and frequency

ECTS 2,5
Evaluation Exam
Frequency winter term

Information about teaching language

Teaching language English
Minimum language requirement B1
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Information about requirements

Recommended requirements The lecture is aimed at BA students near the end of their studies. Knowledge of linguistic terminology and methods is required. Students are expected to study the preparatory reading and are required to prepare a set of minutes (which must be at least sufficient).

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Course Content This lecture will outline the internal constituency of noun phrases and verb phrases in English as well as their syntactic functions. We will start by looking at the properties of nouns as heads of NPs and how they can be expanded into more complex NPs by means of adjectives and other premodifiers, by adding one or several determiners and by adding one or several postmodifiers such as prepositional phrases. Students will be introduced to the major differences between modifiers such as adjectives and determiners such as articles, demonstratives or possessives. Similarly, the verb phrase will be decomposed into auxiliaries, the main verb, and verbal complements, i.e. VPs will be understood in a wider sense (often also called predicate phrases) that includes objects and other complements that help us distinguish various major types of verbs such as transitive and intransitive verbs. We will also look at the morphological interaction of the major verbal categories tense, progressive, perfect and passive with lexical verbs. Time permitting, we will also look at do-support in English. The lecture will also include a study of the major functions of NPs (e.g. subject, object, attribute, prepositional complement) in the sentence.
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