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Linguistics 522

Introduction to Syntax


This course will serve as an introduction to the field of syntax, focusing on the Principles and Parameters framework and concluding with a brief introduction to Minimalism.


The course will use the textbook Syntax: A Generative Introduction, by Andrew Carnie, available in the campus bookstore. Please get the 3rd edition. The 2nd edition is no longer being used. There will be exercises for most of the chapters covered.

The course begins with an introduction to constituents and trees, introduces some structural concepts such as dominance and C-Command, and then develops some applications such as the Binding Theory, and some theoretical hypotheses, such as X-Bar Theory.

The meat of the course is then a treatment of movement of various kinds, including head movement and NP movement.

A virtue of the text is that examples and exercises from numerous languages are used, affording the student the opportunity to evaluate some of the claims made about the universality of the theory.

Prerequisites and Grading

Linguistics 101 or Ling 420 or Ling 501.

Grading will be based on exercises and take-home midterms and finals.

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Place and Time

Sec. 1   M 400-640 EBA 441
Sec. 2   TuTh 1400-315 LL 406

Office hours

TuTh 1230-1330 SHW 238
Tu 1530-1630 SHW 238

Syntax tutoring

Tu 400-600 SH 108D
Th 1100-1200 300-400 SH 108D

Contact Info

Mailing address:
Department of Linguistics and Oriental Languages
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7727
Telephone: (619) 594-0252
Office location: EBA, room 321
Office hours: Tu 1:00-2:30 Th 1:00-2:30

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