LING-736 Seminar: Topics in Morphosyntax
Spring for 2017-2018
In the past twenty years of syntactic research, much attention has been paid to the main theoretical questions, and key empirical phenomena, that straddle the boundary between morphology and syntax. This course is an in-depth study of one of the most central of areas of morphosyntactic research: agreement. In particular, this course will focus on agreement within nominal phrases, also known as concord.
Agreement is a quintessentially morphosyntactic phenomenon because, similar to case, it involves the morphological inflection of nominals in certain syntactic contexts. Clausal agreement is extremely well-studied across a variety of languages, and comprises a core part of minimalist theory. However, agreement within the nominal phrase (between determiners and nouns, adjectives and nouns, etc.) is a much less explored area. Many questions about it remain open, including how it relates to clausal agreement, how it varies across languages and how it is enacted in the grammar. This course will cover key cross-linguistic issues concerning the morphosyntax of agreement within nominal phrases including adjective agreement, determiner agreement, possessor agreement/clitics, definiteness agreement, morphological approaches to concord, so-called strong/weak adjectives in Germanic, and others.
Prerequisites: Syntax III
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