Students should be in a position to argue for or against particular analyses, to evaluate syntactic hypotheses and to relate language data to syntactic theory. They will develop the ability to engage, as independent researchers, in the research developments of contrastive syntax and semantics analyses.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The aim of the course is to introduce students to the main topics of contrastive linguistics with a view to the analysis of German and Greek. The course focuses on contrastive analysis including some issues of syntax and semantics, such as argument structure, bare nouns, genericity, (a)telicity.
Contrastive Linguistics, Syntax, Semantics, argument structure
Additional bibliography for study
Αrtemis, Alexiadou, Liliane Haegeman and Melita Stavrou. 2007. Noun phrase in the generative perspective. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Carlson, Gregory and Francis Jeffry Pelletier 1995. The Generic book. Chicago/London. The Chicago University Press.
Chierchia, Gennaro 1987. “Reference to kinds across languages”. Natural Language Semantics 6. Vol. 6. 339-405.
Sioupi, Athina 2002. “On the syntax and semantics of verb-complement constructions that involve “creation”. A comparative study in Greek and German”. In Ιssues in formal German(ic) Typology. Linguistik Aktuell Vol. 45. W. Abraham & J-W. Zwart (eds.). J. Benjamins. Amsterdam. 263-284.