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    Techniques for describing and analysing the morphosyntactic structures of words and sentences. Examination of both the diversity and the underlying similarities amongst languages of the world.

    An overview of recent morphological and syntactic research, based on data from a wide range of languages. Students will learn to understand the unity and diversity of the world's languages. No previous knowledge of languages other than English is required.

    About this paper

    Paper title Morphosyntax: Diversity and Unity
    Subject Linguistics
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    One 200-level LING paper
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music

    Teaching staff
    Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Simon Overall
    Teaching Arrangements

    Taught through lectures, tutorials, student presentations and hands-on analysis of data.


    Readings will be assigned and will be available through the library.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • Acquire concepts and terminology for linguistic typology
    • Develop a sound understanding of theoretical issues in linguistic analysis
    • Develop advanced skills of analysis, argumentation and evaluation in linguistic analysis
    • Appreciate the unity and diversity of human language


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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