LINGUIST 601: Introduction to Transformational Grammar
Machmer 413, TTh 2.30-3.45
Universal Grammar, Parameters, Features, Constituency,
Displacement, Locality, the model of the grammar
How are linguistic structures built? Where do linguistic
X-bar theory, Case, Binding, A-movement, A'-movement,
and Head Movement
Adger, David, Core Syntax: A Minimalist Approach &
Oxford, 2003, ISBN 0-19-924370-0
Vigorous class paricipation, regular readings and homework assignments,
a midterm exam and a final exam.
Both the exams will be take home-exams.
- [1-3]: Implicit Knowledge
and tests for constituency, Sep. 8, 10, 20
Reading: Background: Ch. 1 of Aspects by
Noam Chomsky (1965).
Reading: Motivation for DP: Ch. 1, II:1-3, IV:1 of
Steve Abney's (1987) MIT dissertation The English Noun Phrase in its Sentential Aspect
Reading: CFGs: the Wikipedia entry
Reading: Adjunction: Section 2 of
Phase Theory and Tree
Adjoining Grammar by
Robert Frank (to appear) in Lingua
Reading: Conflicting Constituency: Linear Order and
Constituency by Colin Phillips, Linguistic Inquiry:34.1
- [4-5]: Complement Selection , Sep. 22
Reading 1: Complement Selection and the Lexicon
by Jane Grimshaw,
Linguistic Inquiry 10:2:279-326 (1979).
Reading 2: A Theory of Floating Quantifiers and Its Corollaries
for Constituent Structure by Dominique Sportiche,
Linguistic Inquiry:19:425-449 (1988).
- [6-7]: Elementary Operations,
Sep. 27, 29
Background Reading: Minimalist Inquiries: The Framework
by Noam Chomsky, MITOPL 15, 1998.
- [8-11]: Auxiliaries and do-support,
Oct. 4, 6, 13, and 18
Reading 1: Ch. 2 of Morphosyntax: The syntax of verbal inflection by
Jonathan Bobaljik, MIT PhD dissertation, 1995.
Reading 2: Secns. 1-4 and 7.2 of Movement Operations after Syntax by
David Embick and
Linguistic Inquiry 32:4:555-598, 2001.
- [12-15]: Case, EPP, and A-Movement,
Oct. 20, 25, and 27 and Nov. 1
Reading 1: Subjects Across Categories by Tim Stowell,
Linguistic Review, 2:3:285-312 (1983).
Reading 2: Secns, 3.1-3.3 of Knowledge of Language
by Noam Chomsky, pgs. 51-101, (1986)
- [16-18]: Ergatives, Middles, Other
Unaccusatives, and Unergatives , Nov. 3, 8, and 10
Reading 1: Ch. 1 of Unaccusativity by Beth Levin and
Malka Rappaport Hovav, MIT Press, (1995).
Reading 2: Part I (pgs. 1-16) of the
Introduction of The Unaccusativity Puzzle edited
by Artemis Alexiadou, Elena Anagnostopoulou, and Martin Everaert, OUP
- [19-20]: Passives, Nov. 15 and 17
Reading 1: Pgs.
355-368 of On the Structure of Resultative
Participles in English by David Embick, Linguistic
Inquiry, 35:3:355-392, (2004).
- : The facts of Control, Nov. 22
Reading 1: Movement and Control by Norbert Hornstein, Linguistic
Inquiry, 30:1:69-96, (1999).
Reading 2: Movement out of Control by Idan Landau, Linguistic
Inquiry, 34:3:471-498, (2003).
Reading 3: Movement under Control by Cedric Boeckx and Norbert Hornstein, Linguistic
Inquiry, 35:3:431-452, (2004).
- : Report on Ch. 1 of Aspects, assigned Sep. 8, due Sep. 15
- : Exercise on the Argument/Adjunct Distinction,
assigned Sep. 22, due Sep. 29
- : Exercise on concealed questions and
null complement anaphora,
assigned Sep. 29, due Oct. 6
- : Exercise on do-support and
assigned Oct. 13, due Oct. 20
- : Exercise on Case,
assigned Oct. 22, due Nov. 1
- : Exercise on
Unaccusatives in Hebrew and Italian, assigned Nov. 3, due Nov. 10
- : Exercise on
The Direct Object Restriction, assigned Nov. 10, due Nov. 17
- : Exercise on Passives and
Unaccusatives, assigned Nov. 17, due Dec. 1
- : Exercise on Control,
due Dec. 8
- : Final Exercise on Control, ECM, and Passives,
assigned Dec. 13, due Dec. 23