This course, the first in the two quarter graduate sequence, is a hands-on introduction to syntactic analysis based on traditional A movement phenomena; passive, raising, control, and related topics. The focus will be on writing precise grammar fragments. This has a three-fold purpose. First, there's really no substitute for getting your hands dirty with data analysis, either for understanding the data, or the theory. Second, the only way to use the fruits of syntactic labors in other areas (semantics, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, etc) is to have a completely worked out analysis. Finally, writing implementable analyses often exposes subtle problems which end up being of fundamental importance.
|Lectures||MW 1:30-2:50, RO 011|
|Office Hours||by appointment|
|Grading||40% Homework, 40% Participation, 20% Final.|
|Homework||Homework will be assigned after Wednesday's class, and must be submitted before class on Monday.|
|Exams||A take-home final will be distributed in the tenth week|