Syntax Syllabus

Course Outline

Linguistics 522

The table below gives an approximate schedule of classes, assignments, and lectures for this course. On days that are shaded gray, class does not meet. Days shaded gray before the last day of classes are either holidays, cancelled classes, or furlough days.

Days shaded gray after the last day of classes represent content that would have been covered in class in a normal semester.

Day

Reading

Assignment

Lecture

Background

Mon Aug 29   Prerequisites. Syllabus. Expectations. Developing a tolerance for imperfect understanding. The role of assignments in this course. Generative Syntax lecture. Intro slides. Glossary of syntax terms.    
Mon Sep 05 H'day H'day H'day H'day
Mon Sep 12 Chapter 2 From Chapter 2: Exercises 1, 6, 8, 10
  1. Parts of speech Introduction to constituency, fourteen parses,
  2. Practice with parts of speech
 
Mon Sep 19 Chapter 3. Constituents. Chapter 3, Exercises 6d-h,q, r, 8.
  1. Constituents
  2. Noun noun compounds
  3. Constituency and Constituency Tests
  4. Using trees for Constituency: the golden rule
  5. Notes on the Irish problem
  1. Background notes
  2. Tree-drawing website
Mon Sep 26 Chapter 4 (not a fun read!). Phrase-structure rules. Dominance, precedence, and C-command Exercises 3(10-16), All of 7, Challenge problems 2, 3. Structural relations Alternative Lecture Model answers for assignment 1
Mon Oct 03 Chapter 5. The Binding Theory; Anaphors, pronouns, and R-expressions Chapter 5 Exercises: Problems 2, 4; Challenge problem 4,6 Lecture

Model answers for Ch. 2 homework

Model answers for Ch. 4 homework

Mon Oct 10 Chapter 6. Xbar Syntax. Exercises, p.200-206. Problem 1a,b,d,e (for this exercise, you MUST use at least 2 of the tests listed in the problem, no tests, no credit); 3; 7a,c,d,i; Challenge probs: 2,3 from Chapter 6. Lectures:
  1. 6.1 Intermediate constituents.
  2. 6.2 Cross-categorial generalizations: Complement, Adjunct, Specifier.
  3. 6.3 Parameterizing word order
  1. Model answers for Ch. 5 homework
  2. Binding Theory Quiz.
  3. Binding Theory Quiz answers.
Mon Oct 17 Chapter 7: Advanced Xbar Syntax;

Introducing Functional heads: CP, TP, DP

Chapter 7 Exercises, p. 222-223. Problem 1 2, 3, 5[d,e,f,g,h] Lectures:
  1. Lecture: DPs, etc..
  2. Lecture: Lexicon.
 
Mon Oct 24   Assignment: Constituent review, Binding Theory Quiz, Binding Quiz Answers, Binding theory tutorial notes, Recipes for binding theory arguments, Complement and adjunct tests, One replacement, Model answer to German.    
Mon Oct 31   New midterm. Attention! This version IS new (10-24-16)! Ch. 7 Lecture, Constituent review Complements and Adjuncts One replacement.  
Mon Nov 07 Chapter 8 DPs, CPs, TPs. The Lexicon, Theta theory. Chapter 8: Exercises 3, 5    
Mon Nov 14 Chapter 10. Head Movement. [Note: we are SKIPPING Chapter 9] Chapter 10: Exercises 1, 2, 7, 9b,d,e,f (draw S-structure trees, not D-Structure), Challenge 2, 3. Lecture.  
Mon Nov 21 Chapter 11. DP Movement Exercises 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, Challenge 4 DP Movement lecture  
Mon Nov 28 Chapter 11. DP Movement (ctd) Exercise 7, Additional Chapter 11 exercises.
  • Notes on theta grids
  • Our framework
  •    
    Mon Dec 05 Chapter 12. Wh Movement. Exercises Chapter 12. GPS 1 (a,c, d, e,h, n, o, q), GPS 6, CP 1 Wh movement lecture.  
    Mon Dec 12 Chapter 10, 11, 12 Review. Assignment
    1. Monday Section Final 2016,
    2. Verb movement Model,
    3. German verb movement,
    4. Exercise 7, Additional Chapter 11 trees.
    5. Model answers Chap 12 homework
    6. Notes on theta grids
    7. Our framework
    8. Model answers to chap 11 homework
       
    Mon Dec 19   Chapter 10, 11, 12 Review (ctd). Final day of class. Final.
    1. Model answers Chap 11 homework
    2. Model answers Chap 12 homework
    3. Model answers Midterm
    4. Theta grids: model answers
    5. D-structure check list
    6. 2014 Final (Monday Section)
    7. 2015 Final (Monday Section)