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Julia R. Herschensohn
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

The aim of Linguistics 461 is to introduce students to central grammatical concepts and the methodology of linguistic investigation of syntax, with particular emphasis on use of empirical data to derive theory. This course focuses on syntactic categories, phrases, and clauses.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

It will provide an overview of the major issues and approaches and it will provide an opportunity for students to do syntactic problem solving in order to develop theoretical solutions to English grammar.

Recommended preparation

Introduction to linguistics.

Class assignments and grading

Problem solving (puzzles of syntax). Readings are to be done for the day indicated to provide information for the classroom problems (listed in In class column). These problems will serve as models for homework and for discussion.

There will be chapter homework (due at beginning of class), two quizzes of one hour, and one final exam.

Weighting of grade: Homework and in class 40%; Quizzes 30%; Final 30%.


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 Julia R. Herschensohn
Date: 09/19/2005