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University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Linguist 401 - Introduction to Syntax

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LINGUIST 401 Introduction to Syntax Fall 2008 Hasbrouck 109 TTh 1 00 2 15 http people umass edu bhatt 401 Rajesh Bhatt 224 South College Office Hours TTh 11 00 12 00 or by appointment 7 0797 bhatt linguist umass edu Topics What syntactic properties are shared by all natural languages What syntactic properties distinguish them What do we know when we know a language What are syntactic properties How do we construct a theory of syntax This course aims to equip students with the ability to address these questions in a precise and informed way The topics include those that are central to a proper understanding of syntax phrase structure movement grammatical relations case complementation anaphora and long distance movement Implicit knowledge grammaticality and related issues Constituency Categories Syntactic trees X bar theory Case and NP Movement Passivization Raising and Control Exceptional Case Marking Expletives Binding Theory Wh Movement Head Movement Prerequisites Linguist 201 Introduction to Linguistics or the consent of the instructor Requirements participation in class 10 regular homework assignments roughly once a week around 10 in all 40 and written questions once a week 20 two take home exams the first assigned on October 9 and due on October 16 and the second assigned on December 4 and due on December 11 15 each Some Policies I expect you to participate in class and pay attention If I notice that you are not paying attention I will ask you to leave the lecture and not grade your assignment for the week You are welcome to work together on the regular assignments but unless the assignment is a group assignment the actual assignments should be submitted inidvidually Please list the names of everyone you worked with at the top of each assignment I prefer typed assignments If you turn in handwritten assignments they need to be very neatly written Please turn in physical copies of your assignments electronic copies will be accepted only under special



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