BAEnglish Syntax

Credit points: 5
Contact hours: 60

Main Instructor

Frančiška Lipovšek, PhD


Monika Kavalir, PhD, AssistantProfessor
Frančiška Lipovšek, PhD

Course Description

Aims and Specific Competences:

  • High-level  competences in the field of English language.
  • Mastery of the rules and regularities of the syntactic subsystem of English.
  • Ability to describe and analyze syntactic phenomena and processes.
  • Ability to recognize the interrelatedness and interaction of syntax and semantics.
  • Ability to recognize and analyze the realization of syntactic structures at the level of language use.


  • The study of syntax from the prescriptive, descriptive and functionalist points of view.
  • Syntactic structure of phrases (verb phrase, noun phrase, adjective phrase, adverb phrase and prepositional phrase).
  • Simple sentence: sentence elements (type and realization), semantic roles, agreement, constituent order.
  • Basic English sentence patterns.
  • Marked sentence patterns (extraposition, existential sentences, cleft sentences).
  • Negation.
  • Coordination and subordination.
  • Types of subordinate clauses according to form and function.
  • Complex-compound sentence.
  • English-specific features of syntactic structures which are a potential source of difficulties for Slovene native speakers.

Course Literature:

  • Baker, C.L. (1995) English Syntax. MIT Press: Cambridge, Mass. Izbrana poglavja (4, 8-9).
  • Biber, D. et al. (2000) Longman grammar of spoken and written English. Harlow: Longman. Izbrana poglavja (3, 8-9).
  • Downing, A. in Philip Locke (2002) A University Course in English Grammar. Phoenix: New York. Izbrana poglavja (2, 4, 6-7).
  • Greenbaum, S. in Randolph Quirk. (1990) A Student's Grammar of the English Language. London: Longman. Izbrana poglavja (8-10, 13-17).
  • Halliday, M. A. K. (1994) An Introduction to Functional Grammar. 2nd edition. London: Arnold. Izbrana poglavja (2, 5-7).
  • Huddleston, R. in Geoffrey K. Pullum. (2002) The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. Cambridge: CUP. Izbrana poglavja (2, 4, 7-9, 14-15).
  • Quirk, R. et al. (1985) A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. London: Longman. Izbrana poglavja (8-10, 13-17).
  • Quirk, R. in Sidney Greenbaum. (1993) A University Grammar of English. London: Longman. Izbrana poglavja (6-11, 13).
  • Tallerman, M. (1989) Understanding Syntax. London: Arnold.
  • Yule, G. (2006) The Study of Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Izbrana poglavja (8-9).


A written test during the semester (20%) and the final exam (80%). Due to the course structure (active class participation) the student can sit the test once only.

Grading scale of 6-10 (pass) and 1-5 (fail), in accordance with the Statutes of the University of Ljubljana and with the examination system of the Faculty of Arts.