Karen T Zagona
Advanced study in current theories of syntax, semantics, phonology, or morphology. Can be repeated for credit.
In this course, we will study the syntax of tense and aspect. These topics are tradionally considered as part of semantics. However, generative research has uncovered many respects in which the interpretation of temporal relations is built up from information in the syntactic component of the grammar. We will begin with the traditional approaches to tense, then study the classic approaches with generative grammar. We then consider aspect, beginning with traditonal problems and solutions, and then focus on the analyses of more recent vintage.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
An oral presentation on an individual topic and a term paper is required.