Due to a serious health problem, Luis has stopped teaching this class as of December 6. Please contact his substitute Lucie Medova (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Block 2: November 17–December 20
Reading assignment #6
(due January 16)
Reading assignment #4
(due December 10)
Reading assignment #3
(due December 2)
December 4— : agreement
November 22–November 29 : movement and cyclicity
Hagstrom, Paul. 1998. Decomposing questions. Doctoral dissertation, MIT.
Rezac, Milan. 2004. Elements of cyclic syntax. Doctoral dissertation, University of Toronto (read sections 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4).
Johnson, Kyle. 2007. Determiners and movement. Ms., University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Vicente, Luis. 2009. A note on the copy vs. multidominance theories of movement. Catalan Journal of Linguistics 9.
van Koppen, Marjo. 2005. One probe, two goals: aspects of agreement in Dutch dialects. Doctoral dissertation, Leiden University.
Bejar, Susana. 2003. Phi syntax: a theory of agreement. Doctoral dissertation, University of Toronto.
Abels, Klaus. 2003. Successive cyclicity, anti-locality, and adposition stranding. Doctoral dissertation, University of Connecticut, Storrs.
Fox. Danny. 1999. Reconstruction, Binding Theory, and the interpretation of chains. Linguistic Inquiry 30.
Block 1: October 16–November 15
Reading assignment #1
(due November 3)
Reading assignment #2
(due November 19)
October 23–November 15: argument structure
Oct. 16–18: theoretical basics
Hale, Ken, and Samuel J. Keyser. 1993. Argument structure and the lexical expression of syntactic relations. In Hale and Keyser (eds.) The view from building 20. Cambridge: MIT Press. (read as much as you can without worrying too much about the parts that you don't understand).
Megerdoomian, Karine. 2003. Beyond words and phrases: a unified theory of predicate composition. Doctoral dissertation, University of Southern California.
Harley, Heidi. 1995. Subjects, events, and licensing. Doctoral dissertation, MIT.
Kratzer, Angelika. 1996. Severing the external argument from its verb. In Rooryck and Zaenen (eds.) Phrase structure and the lexicon, 109–137. Dordrecht: Kluwer.
McNally, Louise. 1992. VP coordination and VP-internal subjects. Linguistic Inquiry 23:336–346.
Barton, Strang, and Jane Grimshaw. 1992. Coordination and VP internal subjects. Linguistic Inquiry 23: 305–313.
Belletti, Adriana, and Luigi Rizzi. 1988. Psych verbs and theta theory. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 6.
Landau, Idan. 2007. Movement resistant aspects of control. In Davies and Dubinsky (eds.) New horizons in the analysis of raising and control, 293–335. Dordrecht: Springer.
Boeckx, Cedric, and Norbert Hornstein. 2006 The virtues of control al movement. Syntax 9:118–130.
Pylkkänen, Liina. 2003. Introducing arguments. Doctoral dissertation, MIT.
Chomsky, Noam. 1957. Syntactic Structures. The Hague: Mouton. Read chapters 2 ("The independence of grammar"), 3 ("An elementary linguistic theory"), and 4 ("Phrase structure").
Epstein, Samuel. 1998. The derivation of syntactic relations. In Epstein, Groat, Kawashima and Kitahara (eds.) A derivational approach to syntactic relations. Oxford: Oxford University Press (explains how the notions of dominance and especially c-command can be derived from more basic notions).
Recommended reference textbooks
For the minimalist program.
For Government and Binding.
- Haegeman, Liliane. 1994. Introduction to Government and Binding Theory. Oxford: Blackwell (Bereichsbibliothek Golm: ET 150 HAE).
For the syntax-semantics interface:
- Heim, Irene, and Angelika Kratzer. 1998. Semantics in Generative Grammar. Oxford: Blackwell. (Bereichsbibliothek Golm: ET 430 HEI).