Syntax II

Nicoletta Loccioni

Syntax II

Linguistics department

Nicoletta Loccioni

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Overall 4.0
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Easiness of class 2.6
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Workload 2.6
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Clarity of professor 3.4
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Helpfulness of professor 4.0
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Tough Tests
  • Issues PTEs
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Gives Extra Credit

Grades

Spring 2019
25.0%
20.8%
16.7%
12.5%
8.3%
4.2%
0.0%
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A
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B
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D
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2019
26.2%
21.8%
17.5%
13.1%
8.7%
4.4%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2019
18.2%
15.2%
12.1%
9.1%
6.1%
3.0%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted April 12, 2019 Grade Received: A-

If you had Nico for 120B, I highly recommend taking her for this course as well. This continuity is extremely helpful, as some of my classmates had different 120B professors and weren't entirely familiar with the techniques, content, and teaching style of Nico. She is a great professor, but this course was challenging at times. Some of the technical explanations required on the homeworks and exams in this class were more difficult than those in 120B, because the deeper you delve into syntactic theory, the more blurred the line becomes between what's the "right" and "wrong" answer. I went to TA office hours weekly for help on the homework assignments, because there always seemed to be a few parts or subparts of a question that were difficult or worded vaguely. The midterm was fair (very similar to the homeworks), but the final was very difficult. When it comes to the homeworks and exams, grading-wise, it was somewhat harsher/stricter than in 120B.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 3, 2019 Grade Received: N/A

She's enthusiastic about learning and students but incompetent where she wouldn't post answers to the homework for review/the slide practice questions and when she was called out for it, she said it was our responsibility to discuss the answers among ourselves. I mean ok ya, I get that but also I just want to know how you want me to write it so I can pass your class. It got really annoying at the end. I would not take it again.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Dec. 21, 2020
Grade Received: N/A

Nico is an articulate lecturer of the topics of Syntax 2, but she makes the class harder by deciding to never post answer keys to homeworks. Homework is a large part of the grade, and is in turn fairly difficult. She does a fair job at adjusting to remote, and incentivises coming to class by giving unannounced daily quizzes weekly.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted March 30, 2020 Grade Received: A

There's a lot to know in this class, and it's not easy material. It can get complicated fast. Do not--dear G-d, do not--miss a class. Nico is very nice and very helpful but the expectations are lofty.

You'll learn cool things though. A fair bit of old-school Chomskyan generative syntax. You will not learn minimalist syntax, which is the more accepted paradigm nowadays (for this, take Ethan Poole's class).

BEWARE the final. It is harder than everything you did previously. You really have to know your shit inside and out. When you're studying and making your cheat sheet, don't leave out small things you only covered briefly, even if it was early in the quarter (we had to know the A-over-A rule, which was a briefly covered rule that quickly went defunct and we did not use in our homeworks).

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 29, 2019 Grade Received: A+

This class was really interesting and Nico is a very engaging professor. The material is really dense, though, and there was a lot of homework. It was also a little annoying because I took Ling 120B with a different professor, and Nico had a different method drawing trees. But she's very sweet and genuinely wants to help people learn. However, I think she has some unreasonable expectations for people's participation. She would never give us answers to practice problems, and wanted us to use the CCLE forum to share answers with each other, which obviously nobody did. The final was also very difficult. I would definitely recommend this class for someone who's interested in syntax, but if you're not, I think it'd just be very hard and time consuming.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Tough Tests
  • Issues PTEs
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Gives Extra Credit
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