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Advanced topics in generative syntax - Phases and Cartography

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022

Advanced topics in generative syntax - Phases and Cartography
A discussion of approaches to syntactic structure rooted in Minimalism (Chomsky 1995) focusing on the issue what constitutes a domain of computation: is it a phase (Chomsky 2008), a cartographically mapped out lexical domain  (Rizzi 1997, 2017), or possibly both?  Emphasis is made on issues concerning locality within the CP domain (wh movement), as well as the encoding of information structure (focus/topic/wh questions/ellipsis) in syntactic terms.  
The course provides an introduction to the Minimalist...

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Aspects of the Minimalist Program

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022

Aspects of the Minimalist Program
Introduction to the underpinning of Minimalism (Chomsky 1995,2001, 2004,205,208, 2013). We will discuss the philosophical underpinning of the enterprise and go over the the basic operations such as Merger, Agree, Labelling, Spell-out. Discussion will focus how the human language faculty interacts with the interfaces, both both on the meaning and the sound side. Phenomena such as ellipsis, movement, agreement will be explored. We will examine the relationship between semantic/pragmatic representation and syntactic form in order to establish what does...

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Phase Theory Advanced mini seminar

Semester: 

Winter

Offered: 

2021
(Chomsky 2001, 2005 and following work) argues that v and C are phase heads, and there has been an ongoing debate whether D, and other heads, are also  phase heads. This course will review several arguments for phasehood (from syntactic locality to prosodic, morphological and semantic domains). The course trains students in advanced syntactic analysis and engages in critical reading of cutting edge research in syntax, morphology and semantics. Students are provided with tools enabling them to read and evaluate advanced research papers with the aim to develop their own research goals and... Read more about Phase Theory Advanced mini seminar