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Karen T Zagona
LING 507
Seattle Campus

Syntactic Theory I

Introduction to the principles and parameters model of syntactic theory. The lexicon and its relation to syntactic representations. Syntactic modules and principles. Problem solving.

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Autumn 2008 -- This course will introduce current issues in syntactic theory, focusing on 'minimalist' syntax. Students will become familiar with basic concepts of syntax and how they are expressed in minimalism. We will study the foundations of the theory's treatment of features, constituency and phrase structure, functional categories, grammatical relations and some types of movement. Although no familiarity with syntactic theory is required, somebackground in either transformational grammar or traditional syntactic analysis is recommended. Required text: Adger, David. 2003. Core Syntax: A Minimalist Approach.

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Last Update by Karen T Zagona
Date: 09/23/2008