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 or cancelled classes.

Day

Reading

Assignment

Lecture

Background

Tue Aug 25 Chapter 1 Prerequisites. Syllabus. Expectations. Developing a tolerance for imperfect understanding. The role of assignments in this course. Blackboard: Part of speech slides (Class Documents)  
Thu Aug 27 Chapter 2, 3   Blackboard: Worksheet one (Class Documents)  
Tue Sep 01 Chapter 2 No exercises from chapter 1; Blackboard: Assignment 1 (Assignments)
  • Blackboard: Worksheet two (Class Documents)
  • Blackboard: Noun noun compounds
Thu Sep 03     Blackboard Intro slides (Introduction to constituency)  
Tue Sep 08 Chapter 4. Structural relations. (not a fun read!). Phrase-structure rules. Dominance, precedence, and C-command   Blackboard Worksheet three
  • Blackboard: The Irish problem
Model answers for assignment 1 (Blackboard)
Thu Sep 10 Chapter 3 review. Constituency. Assignment One due on Blackboard    
Tue Sep 15 Chapter 5. The Binding Theory; Anaphors, pronouns, and R-expressions    

Model answers for Ch. 2 homework

Thu Sep 17   Assignment Two due on Blackboard    
Tue Sep 22 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 24        
Tue Sep 29 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 01     Complement and adjunct tests, One replacement.  
Tue Oct 06   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 08        
Tue Oct 13        
Thu Oct 15   2018 Midterm (This link will become live in class today!) 2017 Midterm.. Constituent review, Model answers for Ch. 5 homework Binding Theory Quiz, Complement and adjunct tests, Model answer to German, One replacement, Binding theory tutorial notes, Recipes for binding theory arguments.  
Tue Oct 20 Chapter 7: Advanced Xbar Syntax;

Introducing Functional heads: CP, TP, DP

     
Thu Oct 22 Chapter 8. The Lexicon, Theta theory. 2016 Midterm due!. Lexicon Lecture.
 
Tue Oct 27     Lecture.  
Thu Oct 29   Chapter 8: Exercises 3, 4, 5    
Tue Nov 03   Chapter 10: Exercises 1, 2, 7, 9b,d,e,f (draw S-structure trees, not D-Structure), Challenge 2, 3.    
Thu Nov 05 Chapter 11. DP Movement   DP Movement lecture  
Tue Nov 10     lecture: Elizabethan English (Verb movement), Verb movement Model, German verb movement, Theta grids  
Thu Nov 12   Chapter 11. Exercises 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, Challenge 2    
Tue Nov 17        
Thu Nov 19 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.  
Tue Nov 24        
Thu Nov 26 H'day H'day H'day H'day
Tue Dec 01   Chapter 12. GPS 1 (a-e, h, i, l, m, n), GPS 6, Challenge Problem Set 1.    
Thu Dec 03  
  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 08   Final: Due Tues Dec. 18, 2 PM.    
Thu Dec 10   Final. Assignment
  1. Tuesday Section Final 2017, Due Dec. 21
   
Tue Dec 15        
Thu Dec 17