Fall 2022 - LING 801 G100

Syntax (3)

Class Number: 3585

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    RCB 7402, Burnaby

    We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    RCB 7402, Burnaby

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Introduction to formal syntactic analysis. Topics include categories, phrase structure, word order, grammatical relations, binding, and long-distance syntactic dependencies.

COURSE DETAILS:

This course is a survey of current syntactic theory within the generative framework along the lines of the Minimalist Program. The first part of the course will be concerned with various syntactic issues in clause structure: the derivation of phrases and clauses, the issue of splitting up TP and VP into different levels of projections, cross-linguistic variation in verb-movement, and principles governing other movement phenomena such as DP- and WH-movement. The second part of the course will be concerned with various issues concerning the syntax-semantics interface, including the syntax of scope, constraints on DP interpretation reflected in Binding Theory, and reconstruction of different types of movement. 

MODE OF INSTRUCTION: In-person

MODE OF DELIVERY: In-person

PLATFORMS USED: Whiteboard in classroom, PDF slides on Canvas

TECHNOLOGY REQUIRED: Laptop/desktop/tablet, internet

Grading

  • Assignments 30%
  • Presentation of articles 30%
  • Term project: presentation 10%
  • Term project: poster submission 30%
  • No Final Exam

NOTES:

Additional reading materials will be made available on-line through the course website or distributed in class.

Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability must contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (778-782-3112 or caladmin@sfu.ca).

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Adger, David. 2004. Core Syntax: A Minimalist Approach. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.


ISBN: 0199243700

Graduate Studies Notes:

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Registrar Notes:

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