LING610
Syntactic Theory
Fall 2019

<<CHECK this site daily. We will be regularly posting reading and HW assignments, and occasional class notes.>>
-Readings for Aug. 27-Sept. 3
Syntactic Structures Revisited to page 35; Syntactic Structures to page 33 [Please bring these 2 books to class for the first few meetings]
8/27 Class notes.   8/29 Class notes
Multiple center embedding examples of the type argued by Chomsky and Miller to be grammatical but unacceptable (for processing reasons)
HO on equivalent derivations     Here are a few more notes about things we have been discussing.
-> HW 1, due Tuesday Sept. 10  10:00 AM. [Homework revision policy.] [[[pdf submission by e-mail  to both Howard and Omer is required. Name your file "Familyname_HWn"; thus, if Howard were submitting this one, it would be "Lasnik_HW1".]]]
9/3 Class notes
9/5 Class notes
-Readings for Sept. 10: Syntactic Structures Revisited to page 49; Syntactic Structures to page 48.
-Readings for Sept. 17
Syntactic Structures Revisited to page 105
Syntactic Structures Chapter 7
[Suggested readings: Syntactic Structures Ch. 6; Aspects of the Theory of Syntax, Ch. 1]
Here's the Lasnik-Kupin article, which, among other things, introduces Reduced Phrase Markers. [Not required reading, just in case you're interested.
->->HW1 revision (if you choose) due Tuesday Sept. 17. [Homework revision policy.]  [[[pdf submission by e-mail is required. Name your file "Familyname_HWnrev"; thus, if Howard were submitting this one, it would be "Lasnik_HW1rev".]]]
-> HW 2 , due Tuesday Sept. 24  10:30 AM. [Homework revision policy.] [[[pdf submission by e-mail  to both Howard and Omer is required. Name your file "Familyname_HWn"; thus, if Howard were submitting this one, it would be "Lasnik_HW2".]]]

Lecture:
Tuesday 2:00-4:30
1108B MMH

Discussion:
Thursday 2:00-3:30
1108B MMH

Howard Lasnik and Omer Preminger, instructors

Lasnik: 1106 Marie Mount Hall
lasnik@umd.edu
(301) 405-4929
Office hours:
Monday afternoons
Tuesday mornings
Wednesday afternoons

Preminger: 1413B Marie Mount Hall
omer@lingsite.org
Office hours:
In office most days; just make an appointment by email

Course description

Intensive introduction to transformational syntax

Subject matter
-The nature and source of syntactic knowledge
-Formalization of the infinitude of language
-Formalization of phrase structure
-Properties of syntactic transformations
-Syntactic information and lexical information

The following phenomena will be examined in detail:
-English verbal morphology; main verbs vs. auxiliary verbs; development of theories of these phenomena over the years, driven by considerations of explanatory adequacy. "Head movement"
-'Passive' and related phenomena, where an expression occurs in subject position but is 'understood' in another.
    ("John was arrested") "A-movement"
-Relationship between these phenomena and (abstract) nominal morphology. "Case theory"
-Referential dependence, coreference, non-coreference. "Binding Theory"
-WH-movement and related phenomena ("Who did you see?") "A'-movement"
-Locality constraints on A'-movement: islands; Subjacency; ECP

Course requirements

-5 sets of homework problems
-1 'squib': a short paper outlining an interesting paradigm or phenomenon, and showing how it relates to some issue or question of theoretical importance. The paper need not provide a solution for the problem it raises.
-Finally, we areaiming for a highly interactive class. To encourage this, we will count class participation toward your grade to some extent.

Readings

Required texts

-Chomsky 1957 Syntactic Structures
    Walter de Gruyter 978-3110172799
-Lasnik (with Depiante and Stepanov) 2000 Syntactic Structures Revisited
    MIT Press 978-0-262-62133-5  [See below for compilation of typo corrections]

Recommended texts

-Chomsky 1965 Aspects of the Theory of Syntax (Chapter 1 and other selected portions)
     MIT Press 978-0-262-53007-1
-Chomsky 1981 Lectures on Government and Binding (selected portions)
     Walter de Gruyter 978-3110141313
-Lasnik and Uriagereka 1988 A Course in GB Syntax (selected portions)
     MIT Press 978-0-262-62060-4[[Now out of print; available in the department pdf locker.]]
-Lasnik 1999 Minimalist Analysis (selected portions) Blackwell 978-0631210948