spring 2024
HIF-3011 Syntax II - 10 ECTS

Type of course

This course is mandatory in the MA programme in Theoretical Linguistics. This course may be taken as a single course by students who qualify for admission to the MA programme in Theoretical Linguistics.

Admission requirements

Bachelor's Degree (180 ECTS), or equivalent qualification, in a language or linguistics, or a degree combining linguistics and literature (minimum 80 ECTS in linguistics/language/literature, of which minimum 60 ECTS must be in linguistics and/or language). Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent issued in Europe, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand: An average grade C as a minimum requirement. Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent issued in countries other than the above mentioned region/countries: An average grade B as a minimum requirement.

It is recommended that you have taken HIF-3010 Syntax I in the fall term before you take this course.

Application code: 9371 - Enkeltemner på masternivå (Nordic applicants).

Course content

The course is given in the form of a seminar, where topics from leading research in syntax are discussed. The course addresses recent studies of syntactic differences between languages, with a view to determining universal parameters. We will provide a close look at recent syntactic theory, especially when it comes to the use of these in the comparative study of the syntax of the Germanic languages. Through the analysis of variation within a group of closely related languages, important syntactic parameters will be illustrated.

Recommended prerequisites

HIF-3010 Syntax I

Objectives of the course

The students have the following learning outcomes:


The student has:

  • a solid understanding of modern syntactic theory, with a basic grasp of standard analyses of a broad range of phenomena in English and other languages. For a number of phenomena of crucial theoretical interest, the student should be familiar with multiple analytic approaches, along with the main strengths and weaknesses of each.


The student is able to/can:

  • evaluate and compare competing theories for a given phenomenon
  • analyze new and unfamiliar data, describing its potential significance for broader theoretical questions

Language of instruction and examination

Language of instruction and examination: English.

Teaching methods

Lectures, exercises, seminars, project work.

Quality assurance: All courses undergo a halfway evaluation once in a 2-year period at the master´s level. The Programme Board determines which programme options will be evaluated per year, and which courses will be evaluated by the students and the teacher per year.

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is open for exchange students who fulfill the admission requirements (please see the "Admission requirements" section). The course should be taken as a part of a course package.



Examination: Date: Duration: Grade scale:
Assignment 03.06.2024 14:00 (Hand in) 1 Semesters A–E, fail F

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

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More info about the coursework requirements

Students are required to hand in 6 homework assignments.

More info about the assignment

Assignment (5000 words).

Re-sit examination

A resit exam is arranged for students who have not passed the last ordinary exam in this course. In the event of a re-sit examination, the student is allowed to submit a revised version of his/her term paper within a given deadline.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: HIF-3011
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