LING610
Syntactic Theory
Fall 2020

<<CHECK this site very frequently. I will be regularly posting reading and HW assignments, and occasional class notes.>>
Student info.    Discussion page.
-Readings for Sept. 1-8
Syntactic Structures Revisited to page 35; Syntactic Structures to page 33 [Please have these 2 books available for class for the first few meetings]
Handout on 'dependencies'.
-> HW 1, due Tuesday Sept. 15  10:00 AM Maryland time. [Homework revision policy.] [[[pdf submission by e-mail  to Howard is required. Name your file "Familyname_HWn"; thus, if Howard were submitting this one, it would be "Lasnik_HW1".]]]
-Readings for Sept. 8Week 2 notes; SSR to page 49. HO on equivalent derivations. HO on trees vs. sets
-Readings for Sept. 15: Syntactic Structures to p.40 and 61-69; SSR to p.56.
    OPTIONAL, if you are interested in getting a sense of the formal background of what we have been doing, you might want to skim parts of : Chomsky's Logical Structure of Lingistic Theory (1955, published in 1975). Lasnik and Kupin 1977.
->->HW1 revision (if you choose) due Tuesday Sept. 22. [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".]]]
-Readings for Sept. 22: SSR to p.105. Syntactic Structures Chapter 7
-Readings for Sept. 29: Continue Sept. 11 readings and add Syntactic Structures Revisited to page 124. Suggested reading: "Aspects of the Theory of Phrase Structure"
-> HW 2 , due Tuesday Oct. 6  10:00 AM Maryland time. [Homework revision policy.] [[[pdf submission by e-mail  to Howard is required. Name your file "Familyname_HWn"; thus, if Howard were submitting this one, it would be "Lasnik_HW2".]]]
-'Wish List' theory of transformations.
-Readings for Oct.6
Finish the Syntactic Structures and Syntactic Structures Revisited readings previously assigned.
Syntactic Structures Revisited  to page 165; A Course in GB Syntax  pp.1-5
1 more optional reading Lasnik 1981
>->HW1 revision (if you choose) due Tuesday Oct. 13 [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_HW2rev".]]]
-Readings for Oct. 13: Finish Oct. 6 readings
 Next topic:  Case Theory and A-Movement
   
"Case, Passives, and Government " Handout
-Readings for Oct. 20: Finish "Case, Passives, and Government " Handout

Lecture:
Zoom  Tuesday 2:00-4:30
(1108B MMH)
Discussion:
Zoom  Thursday 2:00-3:30
(1108B MMH)

Howard Lasnik, instructor

1106 Marie Mount Hall
<lasnik [AT] UMD [DOT] edu>
(301) 405-4929

Office hours:
Check with me by e-mail. We can set up a Zoom or Skype meeting most any time except Wednesdays 3:15-4:45 and Thursdays 3:45-4:45.

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, I am aiming for a highly interactive class. To encourage this, I 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; I will make the book available in the department pdf locker.]]
-Lasnik 1999 Minimalist Analysis (selected portions) Blackwell 978-0631210948