Karen T Zagona
Introduction to an area of linguistic study not covered by the regular departmental course offerings.
Winter 2003 - Comparative Syntax -
This course is intended as an opportunity to apply the principles of syntax that are studied in LING 461 and/or 462 to languages other than English. Assuming the students' familiarity with Radford's text, we will discuss ways in which languages vary (syntactic 'parameters'). Students will investigate in depth a language that they are familiar with themselves or a language for which they have native speaker informants.
In addition to gaining further perspective on the principles of syntax, the class will provide experience in doing research and in writing about syntax.
Readings will vary according to the languages chosen to study by the enrolled students.
Course requirements: (a) a term paper; (b) each student will make several presentations to the class on aspects of the syntax of the language under study.
Prerequisite: Students should have completed 461 before enrolling in this course.
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