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-Third year BA student (Linguistics, German), completing law subjects as breadth. -PASS (Peer Ass...


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The practical skills and knowledge learnt from Syntax make it an enjoyable course. The assignments and exam are focussed on problem solving type tasks. As mentioned below, the best way to prepare for this is by understanding the tutorial questions, assignment solutions, and the worked problems in the lecture notes. While tutorial solutions were discussed in the tutes, it felt as if the 1-hour tute was largely an opportunity to complete the exercises. So if you had come prepared, 45 minutes of the tute was essentially useless. This was my major gripe with the subject. If the tutorials were more engaging and allowed students to reason their arguments, students would be more equipped for the final exam.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2019

In my opinion, this subject would have been way better if there had been a different lecturer. Nevertheless, 4/5 for the tutorials run by John, decent assignments, and the very manageable final exam. There are also weekly PASS sessions, which I did not attend, but I'm sure they were a useful supplement to those lectures.. The textbook isn't really necessary – just read through the lecture notes, actually DO the tutorial exercises, and make sure you understand the solutions provided. Also take Grammar of English (with Peter!!) beforehand if you can. Even though there isn't an extreme overlap between the courses, the sort of skills you pick up in GoE will be applicable to Syntax's tute exercises and assignments.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2019

Peter was great! I felt very supportive throughout the semester!

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2018

Everyone says this subject is hard which it is but all the same upon completion I felt like I really knew the subject matter. I found it really interesting and I'm sure you will too if you like linguistics. Good assignments, hard but interesting. Peter is an EXCELLENT tutor and lecturer!! PS. The PASS sessions are also great if you get the chance to take them. Didn't touch the textbook tho.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2018

Brett is not a good lecturer. This subject may have been interesting had it been easier to follow with a lecturer whose voice didn't seem already asleep. Content is odd and seemingly arbitrary (as you learn and use different/opposing methodologies). But hey, if you find this linguistic stuff truly fascinating, give it a crack. I found i had to listen to lectures twice to even understand the later week's content. And textbooks are not completely helpful as assessments use a mish mash of forms used in various textbooks, so there isn't even a steady source of reference, just the lecture slides. A confusing subject. Ridiculously easy 1st assessment, with a giant leap in difficulty for the second assessment and the exam, honestly the last few weeks of content came out of nowhere from my perspective. Good luck fam

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2017

Good lord, Peter. What a ridiculous exam. The subject was interesting, tutes were good, assignments were marked fairly, and the weirdly lopsided/scaled exam mark saved it, but holy fuck. That exam was absolutely 100% too long and against the philosophy of the subject. Scraped my 81 in a subject which I applied myself to fully, with an H2B on the exam SCALED UP from what should literally have been unable to be more than 55.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2015