The seminars are based on the first four chapters of BESE. The topics areas follows: word categories, diagnostics for structure, grammatical functions; X-bar theory; basic notions of movement; the DP.
Set text: BESE, ie Mark Newson et al Basic English Syntax with Exercises 2006, chapters 1–4
Print these chapters out and bring them to the seminars at all times. Do not use an on-screen version (laptops, tablets, phones) in class: there's no way you can move back and forth fast enough between the body text and the Suggested Answers, for instance, and that's what we will often be doing.
There is written homework and three in-class tests, dates of tests announced well in advance.
Endterm grade: average of tests. Test 1 counts as 200, Test 2 100, Test 3 as 300 per cent.
No-show counts as 0. Marks will be rounded up from x.5