Fall 2018 - LING 322 D100

Syntax (3)

Class Number: 4740

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    SECB 1014, Burnaby

    Th 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
    SECB 1014, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 7, 2018
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    AQ 3153, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    LING 282W; or LING 222 and any lower division W course.



Introduces theories of sentence structure.


This course introduces the major issues in syntactic theory within the generative framework along the lines of Principles and Parameters, HPSG, LFG or Minimalism. Topics to be covered include principles that govern the derivation of phrases and sentence structures, syntactic conditions on the interpretation of different types of noun phrases, motivation and constraints on movement, and locality conditions. The theoretical concepts introduced in this course will be employed in the analysis of empirical data drawn not only from English but also from many different languages.

Course Topics: Constituency, parts of speech, binding, case, raising, wh-movement and questions, locality constraints  


  • Assignments 15%
  • Presentation 5%
  • Participation 5%
  • Midterm Exam 1 20%
  • Midterm Exam 2 35%
  • Final Exam 20%


Course Grading:

  •  A+: 100% - 97%      A: < 97% - 93%      A-: < 93% - 89%
  •  B+: < 89% - 85%     B: < 85% - 81%      B-: < 81% - 77%
  •  C+: < 77% - 73%     C: < 73% - 69%      C-: < 69% - 65%
  •  D: < 65% - 57%  
  •  F: < 57% and below
Assignments and exams will include problems that require you to account for various syntactic phenomena from different languages. They will be evaluated based on the correctness of your analysis and coherence of your argumentation.

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Carnie, Andrew. 2012. Syntax: A generative introduction, 3rd edition. Blackwell Publishing.

Registrar Notes:

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