SPAN-527 Generative Syntax I (Linguistics 427)
After a brief introduction to the philosophy and methods of generative grammar, this course examines some of the basic aspects of modern syntactic theory. It starts with an in-depth discussion of the need for postulating syntactic structures and then moves on to examine how best to account for phenomena such as word order variation across languages, the distribution and referential properties of noun phrases, and the differences among clausal types. These phenomena will be analyzed through the insights offered by the Principles and Parameters and the Minimalist frameworks. Some of the theoretical notions that will be discussed are features, subjects, and empty categories. The course consists of lecture presentations, class discussion and intensive problem solving and argumentation on the part of the students.
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