• Ling-A. The Structure of Human Language: An Introduction to Generative Syntax

    (Maria Polinsky (UMD) & John F Bailyn (Stony Brook))

    This Seminar is available to all students. No background required. Recommended for students interested in syntax and comparative grammar

    This course is an introduction to syntactic structure and basics of modern syntactic theory. It addresses the analytical approaches and techniques associated with the generative approach to syntax (Chomsky 1965, 1981, 1995) and does so with an emphasis on cross-linguistic similarities and differences that syntactic theory needs to capture.

    Main topics include: grouping (constituency) and hierarchical structure, interpretive relations (binding, control), various kinds of movement (movement of subjects, movement of question phrases, topicalization); and where to fit traditional notions of case and agreement into the system