Study of the structural properties of language; introduction to generative transformational syntax. Prerequisite: LING 461.
LING 462 is a continuation of LING 461. It builds on the topics and concepts covered in LING 461, giving students a more complete description of the syntax of natural languages. It is organized into two modules. The first module completes the introduction to syntax presented in the textbook. After a brief review of topics covered in LING 461 (Syntax I), we turn to syntactic transformations (head movement, DP movement and wh-movement). We also revisit several topics that we covered in LING 461. In the second module, we start gaining experience with original syntax research.
Student learning goals
Analyze the syntax of natural languages
Formulate syntactic hypotheses
Test syntactic theories
Follow primary syntactic literature
General method of instruction
brief lectures, class discussions, group work, problem solving
LING 461 (Syntax I)
Class assignments and grading
homework assignments midterm presentation final paper active participation
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