Fundamentals of Syntax

Northwestern University, Fall 1997

Instructor: Prof. Chris Kennedy
Office: 2016 Sheridan Rd., Rm. 12 (Linguistics Dept.)
Phone: 491-8054
Office hours: Tu 11.30-1.00, Th 10.00-11.30, or by appointment

Course description

The goal of this course is to introduce students to the fundamentals of recent work in theoretical syntax and to place them in a position to pursue more advanced study in syntax and to provide a foundation for their own research. No textbook will be used; instead, the course will proceed on the basis of class discussions and weekly written assignments.

The assignments will take the form of short papers aimed towards explaining sets of problematic data using, and extending, the set of assumptions adopted in class. Emphasis will be placed on providing empirical justification for claims, strength of argumentation, and form and clarity. You are strongly encouraged to work together in developing solutions to the problems on the assignments, with the following two requirements:

(i) you should acknowledge your collaborators (i.e., say who you worked with), and
(ii) you must write up the assignments individually.

Selected readings from the primary research literature (3-5 in all) will be assigned, most in the second half of the quarter.

Time permitting, the following topics will be covered in (roughly) the order laid out below.

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