LINGUIST 401: Introduction to Syntax

Spring 2005
Dickinson 209, TTh 1.00-2.15

Rajesh Bhatt
222 South College, 545-6832
Office Hours: TTh 2.15-3.30 or by appointment


What syntactic properties are shared by all natural languages? What syntactic properties distinguish them? What do we know when we know a language? What are syntactic properties? How do we construct a theory of syntax? This course aims to equip students with the ability to address these questions in a precise and informed way. The topics include those that are central to a proper understanding of syntax: phrase structure, movement, grammatical relations, case, complementation, anaphora, and long-distance movement.



Linguist 201 (Introduction to Linguistics) or the consent of the instructor


Some Policies

Readings, Required and Supplementary Texts

I will make the lecture slides available online on the website and occasionally distribute short, compulsory reading assignments. In addition to these, there is a required text:
Syntax: A Generative Introduction, Andrew Carnie, Blackwell Publishing, 2002. (ISBN 0-631-22544-7) (ordered at Amherst Books, 8 Main St. Amherst).

The following are good supplementary resources, things you might study as a way of deepening or broadening your understanding of what syntactic theory is all about:
1. Huddleston, Rodney and Geoffrey K. Pullum. 2002. The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Note: This is available in the reference section of DuBois Library, call number PE1106 .H74 2002.]
2. McCawley, James D. 1998. The Syntactic Phenomena of English, 2nd ed. Chicago: Chicago University Press.
3. Radford, Andrew, 1988. Transformational Grammar: An Introduction, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
4. Adger, David, 2003, Core Syntax: A Minimalist Approach, Oxford: Oxford University Press