Fall 2019 - LING 322 D100

Syntax (3)

Class Number: 1539

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 5030, Burnaby

    We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    AQ 5030, 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, and 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.


  • Homework assignments 15%
  • Class participation 5%
  • Class presentation 5%
  • In-class exam 1 20%
  • In-class exam 2 35%
  • In-class exam 3 20%


Assignments and exams will include problems that require you to account for various syntactic phenomena from different languages.  They will have a substantial writing component and will be evaluated based on the correctness of your analysis and coherence of your argumentation.

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Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability must contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca).



Andrew Carnie. 2013. Syntax:  A Generative Introduction, Third edition. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, ISBN: 978-0-470-65531-3. 

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