The course presents an extensive terminological frame and analytical techniques.
Within the component of Syntax (2/3 of the course, 1st semester) word classes and sentence parts (phrases) are dealt with, both with a focus on the internal structure of constitutents and on the functional and structural relation between sentence parts. Apart from this we also deal with specific structures and their effect in communicative contexts and with some syntactic variation patterns.
Within the component of Morphology (1/3 of the course, second semester) two major topics are focused on: (a) a theoretical approach of internal word structure, and (b) a psycholinguistic approach. In the theoretical part all central notions in the domains of morphotaxis, morphophonology and morphosemantics are dealt with.
In the psycholinguistic component we discuss whether language users rely on the morphological structure of a word during the process of word recognition and whether there is evidence for the fact that morphological structure impacts the storage of words in the mental lexicon.