LING 819 Seminar in Syntactic Theory:
Possible and Impossible Structures
The goal of this seminar is to discuss various issues in phrase structure that have played an important role in generative grammar. In particular, we will consider theories of possible and impossible structures. We will focus on topics such as tree-pruning, hierarchy and linear order, X-bar theory, Bare Phrase Structure, the Linear Correspondence Axiom, specifiers and adjuncts, specifier-head agreement versus Agree, the relationship between cartography and minimalism and configurationality. The focus will be on what distinguishes the various approaches from each other and how they make different predictions about possible structures.