• Ling-B. Morphology: the syntactic structure of words

    (Jonathan Bobaljik, University of Connecticut)

    This Seminar is available to all students. No background required. Recommended for students interested in word structure and morphological theory

    This course addresses the basic issues in the study of words and their structures. It provides an introduction to different types of morphological structures with examples from a wide range of languages. It is designed to familiarize students with the core principles, analytical tools and empirical issues of morphological theory. Students will develop skills in morphological analysis and argumentation by focusing on empirical problems and theoretical debates that arise in the investigation of a variety of different morphological phenomena. Special emphasis will be given to recent approaches to morphological theory and current debates about the relationship of morphology to other components of grammar (syntax, phonology, etc.) 

    Evidence will be drawn from large cross-linguistic surveys of morphological patterns, especially apparent morphological universals, such as (time permitting) suppletion in adjectival morphology (Bobaljik 2012 Universals in Comparative Morphology); locative morphology (Radkevich 2010); and the expression of person and case morphology (Caha 2009), and other features that appear to participate in 'markedness' hierarchies.