By the end of the course students should:
-have an understanding of the basic concepts in the formal analysis of syntactic data
-be able to use the theoretical tools provided by a particular syntactic framework (the Principles and Parameters approach)
in order to analyse data from a variety of languages
-be able to test hypotheses and argue adequately for theoretical explanations.
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course provides an introduction to syntactic theory, with the aim of enabling students to analyse language data in the framework of the Principles and Parameters approach and its recent developments i.e. the Minimialist Programme. In particular, the course will cover the following topics:
- The scientific study of language, the arcitecture of the system;
- Constituency, X' theory;
- Argument structure, theta-theory;
- Case, Binding;
- Movement: A'-movement, A-movement, head movement;
- Minimalist syntax: Merge. Bare Phrase Structure;
- Interpretable and uninterpretable features and the operation Agree.
Additional bibliography for study
Adger, David. 2003. Core Syntax. Oxford: OUP.
Boeckx, Cedric. 2006. Linguistic Minimalism: Origins, Concepts, Methods and Aims. Oxford: OUP.
Carnie, Andrew. 2011. Modern Syntax: A Coursebook. Cambridge: CUP.
Chomsky, Noam. 1995. The Minimalist Program. Cambridge Mass.: MIT Press.
Haegeman, L. 2006. Thinking Syntactically. A Guide to Argumentation and Analysis. Oxford: Blackwell.
Ouhalla, Jamal. 1999. Introducing Transformational Grammar: From Principles and Parameters to Minimalism. London: Arnold.
Sportiche, Dominique, Hilda Koopman & Edward Stabler. 2014. An Introduction to Syntactic Analysis and Theory. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.