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Edith Aldridge
LING 461
Seattle Campus

Syntax I

Study of the structural properties of language; introduction to generative transformational syntax. Prerequisite: either LING 200 or LING 400.

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

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%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Edith Aldridge
Date: 12/28/2011