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

Tue Aug 29 Chapter 1, Chapter 2 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.  
Thu Aug 31        
Tue Sep 05 Chapter 2. Parts of speech Chapter 3. Constituency No exercises from chapter 1; From Chapter 2: Exercises 1, 6, 8, 10
  1. Constituents
  2. Parts of speech
  3. Noun noun compounds
  4. Constituency and Constituency Tests
  5. Using trees for Constituency: the golden rule
  1. Background notes
  2. Tree-drawing website
Thu Sep 07     Introduction to constituency, fourteen parses.  
Tue Sep 12 Chapter 4. Structural relations. (not a fun read!). Phrase-structure rules. Dominance, precedence, and C-command Chapter 3, Exercises 6d-h,q, r, 8 Structural relations Alternative Lecture. Model answers for assignment 1
Thu Sep 14 Chapter 3 review. Constituency. Chapter 3, Challenge 3 [Please write a new NP rule!], 4 [For Part 2, please write a new VP rule]
  1. Constituency principles
  2. Noun noun compounds
  3. Constituency and Constituency Tests
  4. Using trees for Constituency: the golden rule
  5. Notes on the Irish problem
 
Tue Sep 19 Chapter 5. The Binding Theory; Anaphors, pronouns, and R-expressions Chapter 4 Exercises 3(10-16), All of 7, Challenge problems 2, 3. Lecture

Model answers for Ch. 2 homework

Model answers for Ch. 4 homework

Thu Sep 21        
Tue Sep 26 Chapter 6. Xbar Syntax Chapter 5 Exercises: Problems 2, 4; Challenge problem 4,6 Lectures:
  1. Drawing Xbar trees.
  2. 6.1 Intermediate constituents.
  3. 6.2 Cross-categorial generalizations: Complement, Adjunct, Specifier.
  4. 6.3 Parameterizing word order
 
Thu Sep 28        
Tue Oct 03 Chapter 7: Advanced Xbar Syntax;

Introducing Functional heads: CP, TP, DP

Chapter 6. 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.    
Thu Oct 05     Complement and adjunct tests, One replacement.  
Tue Oct 10   Assignment: Exercises, p. 222-223. Problem 1 2, 3, 5[d,e,f,g,h] Chapter 1-6. Review. Constituent review, Binding Theory Quiz, Complement and adjunct tests, Model answer to German, One replacement, Binding theory tutorial notes, Recipes for binding theory arguments.  
Thu Oct 12        
Tue Oct 17        
Thu Oct 19   2017 Midterm (This link will become live in class today!). Constituent review, Binding Theory Quiz, Complement and adjunct tests, Model answer to German, One replacement, Binding theory tutorial notes, Recipes for binding theory arguments.  
Tue Oct 24 Chapter 7: Advanced Xbar Syntax;

Introducing Functional heads: CP, TP, DP

     
Thu Oct 26 Chapter 8. The Lexicon, Theta theory. 2016 Midterm due!. Lexicon Lecture.
 
Tue Oct 31     Lecture.  
Thu Nov 02   Chapter 8: Exercises 3, 4, 5    
Tue Nov 07   Chapter 10: Exercises 1, 2, 7, 9b,d,e,f (draw S-structure trees, not D-Structure), Challenge 2, 3.    
Thu Nov 09 Chapter 11. DP Movement   DP Movement lecture  
Tue Nov 14     lecture: Elizabethan English (Verb movement), Verb movement Model, German verb movement, Theta grids  
Thu Nov 16   Chapter 11. Exercises 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, Challenge 2    
Tue Nov 21        
Thu Nov 23 H'day H'day H'day H'day
Tue Nov 28 Chapter 12. Wh Movement. Assignment
  1. Model chap 11 homework answers.
  2. Exercise 7, Additional Chapter 11 exercises.
  3. Notes on theta grids
  4. Our framework
Wh movement lecture.  
Thu Nov 30        
Tue Dec 05   Chapter 12. GPS 1 (a-e, h, i, l, m, n), GPS 6, Challenge Problem Set 1.    
Thu Dec 07  
  1. Tuesday Section Final 2017, Due Dec. 21
  2. Verb movement Model,
  3. German verb movement,
  4. Exercise 7, Additional Chapter 11 trees.
  5. Model answers Chap 11 homework
  6. Model answers Chap 12 homework
  7. Model trees additional exercises Ch 11
  8. Theta grids: model answers
  9. D-structure check list
  10. 2014 Final (Tuesday Section)
  11. 2015 Final (Tuesday Section)
  12. Universal grammar
Lecture : Review : Exam  
Tue Dec 12        
Thu Dec 14   Final. Assignment
  1. Tuesday Section Final 2017, Due Dec. 21
 
Last class day
 
Tue Dec 19        
Thu Dec 21