School of Humanities


This course is part of the programme:
Master in SL studies - Linguistics

Objectives and competences

 Introducing the analytical machinery

 Familiarization with the basic literature

 Introduction of the case theory, movement theory, control theory etc.

 Introduction the theory of principles-and-parameters

 Introduction of the latest theoretical developments in the linguistic analysis


Inroduction to linguistics or syntax at 1. level

Content (Syllabus outline)

It is an introductory course in generative syntax, briefly discussing the short history of formal approaches to formal syntax, and devoting most of the time to modern approaches to the study of syntax, primarily within the Minimalist program. We will talk about some of the core syntactic topics, like the binding theory, case, wh-movement, theta theory, control, etc. and critically discuss various proposals. Material discussed in lectures also forms the main part of recitations, where more time and care is devoted to the main issues. Emphasis is given to practical knowledge and actual analysis of language data.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:

- Knowledge of current topics and problems in contemporary syntactic theory.

- Experience with working with non-native language data, also with speakers of a selected language.


Carnie, Andrew. 2012. Syntax: A generative introduction (Third edition). Wiley-Blackwell.


-Active participation at the lectures -one or two homework assignments -final examination

Lecturer's references

Associate professor of Linguistics at the University of Nova Gorica

University course code: 2SL2002

Year of study: 1

Course principal:




  • Lectures: 30 hours
  • Exercises: 30 hours
  • Seminar: 30 hours
  • Individual work: 180 hours

Course type: obligatory

Learning and teaching methods:
 lectures  class discussion and exercises