Department of Linguistics
Office hours Monday 9-10.30 or by appointement
The primary focus of Syntax 2 is the syntax of long distance dependencies: empirical properties cross-linguistically, theoretical analysis, and implications for the theory of grammar. Topics to be covered include the syntax of questions and relative clauses; island constraints; crossover; parasitic gaps; superiority; resumptive pronouns; wh-in-situ and multiple wh-movement; Logical Form and quantifier raising. This course will combine the elements of an introductory class and a research seminar. As such, it will balance lecture and discussion, exercises and readings, and research and presentation..
The relation between syntax and semantics will be a common theme throughout the quarter; sometimes explicit, always implicit. For students taking Semantics 1, chapters 5-8 of Heim and Kratzer 1998 specifically address the semantic analysis of some of the constructions we will be looking at in this course, so I recommend you pay close attention to these as we go through the quarter.
In addition to doing all the required readings, students are required to do the following written work:
Evaluations will be based on performance on the written work and participation in class.
The plan for the course is listed below, though everything after Week 4 is subject to change based on the progress and interests of the class. As of January 2, a few readings are still not available, but they will be linked to this website well in advance of the weeks in which they will be discussed (except for the chapters from Adger 2003, which all of you should have).