Study of the structural properties of language; introduction to generative transformational syntax. Prerequisite: either LING 200 or LING 400.
This course is the first in the two-quarter undergraduate series of syntax courses. The course introduces fundamental concepts of the theory of Generative Grammar, including the X-bar Theory approach to phrase structure and transformational rules.
Student learning goals
Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental aspects of Generative Grammar and ability to apply the methodology in analysis.
Practice the analytic methodology of the theoretical tools introduced in the course
General method of instruction
Textbook: Carnie, Andrew. 2007. Syntax: A Generative Introduction. (Second Edition). Blackwell Publishing.
Class assignments and grading
Midterm exam: 20% Final exam: 30% Homework: 30% Class participation: 20%