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 Program with emphasis on Phase Theory and Cartography with focus on the CP domain and vP domain. Participants are required to have basic knowledge of generative approaches to syntax. The goal is to acquaint students with current theoretical approaches in Generative grammar to phrase structure and locality of syntactic computations.