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 30 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 Sep 01        
Tue Sep 06 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 08     Introduction to constituency, fourteen parses.  
Tue Sep 13 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 15 Chapter 3 review. Constituency. Exercises 3(10-16), All of 7, Challenge problems 2, 3.
  1. Noun noun compounds
  2. Constituency and Constituency Tests
  3. Using trees for Constituency: the golden rule
  4. Notes on the Irish problem
 
Tue Sep 20 Chapter 5. The Binding Theory; Anaphors, pronouns, and R-expressions Chapter 3 Exercises: More constituents problems Lecture

Model answers for Ch. 2 homework

Model answers for Ch. 4 homework

Thu Sep 22        
Tue Sep 27 Chapter 6. Xbar Syntax Chapter 5 Exercises: Problems 2, 4; Challenge problem 4,6 Lectures:
  1. 6.1 Intermediate constituents.
  2. 6.2 Cross-categorial generalizations: Complement, Adjunct, Specifier.
  3. 6.3 Parameterizing word order
 
Thu Sep 29        
Tue Oct 04 Chapter 7: Advanced Xbar Syntax;

Introducing Functional heads: CP, TP, DP

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 06     Complement and adjunct tests, One replacement.  
Tue Oct 11   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 13        
Tue Oct 18        
Thu Oct 20   2016 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 25 Chapter 7: Advanced Xbar Syntax;

Introducing Functional heads: CP, TP, DP

     
Thu Oct 27 Chapter 8. The Lexicon, Theta theory. 2016 Midterm due!. Lexicon Lecture.
 
Tue Nov 01     Lecture.  
Thu Nov 03   Chapter 8: Exercises 3, 4, 5    
Tue Nov 08   Chapter 10: Exercises 1, 2, 7, 9b,d,e,f (draw S-structure trees, not D-Structure), Challenge 2, 3.    
Thu Nov 10 Chapter 11. DP Movement   DP Movement lecture  
Tue Nov 15     lecture: Elizabethan English (Verb movement), Verb movement Model, German verb movement, Theta grids  
Thu Nov 17   Chapter 11. Exercises 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, Challenge 2    
Tue Nov 22        
Thu Nov 24 H'day H'day H'day H'day
Tue Nov 29 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 Dec 01        
Tue Dec 06        
Thu Dec 08  
  1. Model answers Chap 11 homework
  2. Model answers Chap 12 homework
  3. Model trees additional exercises Ch 11
  4. Theta grids: model answers
  5. D-structure check list
  6. 2014 Final (Tuesday Section)
  7. 2015 Final (Tuesday Section)
  8. Universal grammar
Lecture : Review : Exam  
Tue Dec 13   Final day of class. Final. Assignment
  1. Tuesday Section Final 2016,