Faculty of Education and Humanities
Department of English Language and Literature

Code Name Level Year Semester
ELT 438 Language and its Structure: Syntax Undergraduate 4 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 6 2 + 2 150 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Ceylani Akay, Assist. Prof. Dr. assist. prof. Amna Brdarević Čeljo Amna Brdarević-Čeljo, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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This course introduces students to basic concepts of syntax, English syntax in particular. It aims to make students aware of different levels of analysis at the phrase, clause and sentence level. It also aims to acquaint students with traditional terminology for sentence constituents such as subject, predicator, direct and indirect object, subject/object complement/attribute; word classes such as noun, verb, adjective; and phrase constituents such as head, premodifier, postmodifiers. Apart from that, the course aims at analysing sentences, namely simple, complex, compond and compound-complex sentences.

Course meetings will be mainly lectures (2 hours per week), supplemented by practicals (2 hours per week). Lectures, as well as tutorials and practicals, are conducted in English. Thus, students must have an excellent command of spoken and written English. Asking questions is highly encouraged, even during lecture delivery and student presentations, but it ought to be done politely.
• Lectures introduce students to basic syntactic concepts and plenty of new terminology. Thus, a lot of work, regular attendance and note-taking are of paramount importance for obtaining full understanding of the topic presented in the class.
• In the practicals, all the theoretical knowledge gained in the lectures and tutorials is put into practice. Supervised by the assistant, students do individual work.

  1. Course Introduction/ Syllabus Overview
  2. Sentences: Communicative functions and typical patterns (Chapter 1)
  3. Typical sentence patterns (Chapter 1)
  4. Sentences: Simple, compound and complex (Chapter 2)
  5. Verbs I: lexical vs. auxiliary, finite vs. non-finite (Chapter 3)
  6. Verbs I: auxiliary verbs (Chapter 3 continued)
  7. Verbs: types of verbs based on their complementation II (Chapter 4)
  8. Midterm exam
  9. Word classes (Chapter 5)
  10. Non-working day
  11. Phrases (Chapter 6)
  12. Sentence constituents realized as clauses (Chapter 7)
  13. How to analyze sentences at all levels (passive, extraposed constructions etc.)
  14. How to analyze sentences at all levels (existential constructions, cleft constructions etc.)
  15. Final Review: Cumulative, covers all course content


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Discussions and group work
    • Problem solving
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)130
    Term Paper15
    Final Exam150
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
      • • Verspoor Marjolijn and Kim Sauter (2000) English Sentence Analysis: An Introductory Course. Amsterdam. Benjamins.
      • • Sidney Greenbaum and Randolph Quirk (1991). A Student\'s Grammar of the English Language. Longman. Third Edition.
      • • Rodney Huddleston and Geoffrey K. Pullum (2005) A Student\'s Introduction to English Grammar. Cambridge University. Frist Edition

      ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
      Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
      Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)14228
      Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)14228
      Midterm Examination (1 week)122
      Final Examination(1 week)122
      Preparation for Midterm Examination12525
      Preparation for Final Examination14747
      Assignment / Homework/ Project11818
      Seminar / Presentation 0
      Total Workload: 150
      ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 6