This course covers fundamental concepts in syntactic analysis such as part of speech types, constituent structure, the syntax-semantics interface, and phenomena such as complementation, raising, control, passive and long-distance dependencies. We will emphasize formally precise encoding of linguistic hypotheses and the design of grammars that can scale up to ever larger fragments of a language such as is required in practical applications. Through the course, we will progressively build up a consistent grammar for a fragment of English. Problem sets will introduce data and phenomena from other languages.
By the end of this course students will be able to:
Note: To request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact Disabled Student Services, 448 Schmitz, 206-543-8924 (V/TTY). If you have a letter from Disabled Student Services indicating that you have a disability which requires academic accommodations, please present the letter to the instructor so we can discuss the accommodations you might need in this class.
Grading addendum (1/28/06): Homework averages will be based on 7 out of 8 homework scores, dropping the lowest score of the homeworks you turn in (i.e., you can't drop a zero).
I would like to be able to post the answer keys to homeworks immediately after you turn them in, so that you can compare your answers while the issues are still fresh in your mind. However, if there are students who haven't yet turned in their homework, I can't do that. Accordingly, I have adopted the following late-homework policy:
First attempts at a theory of grammar
|1/9|| Feature structures
Headed Rules, Trees
|1/11||Valence, Agreement||Ch 4||HW 1 due|
|1/16||MLK Jr. Day: no class|
|1/18||Semantics||Ch 5||HW 2 due|
|1/23||How the Grammar Works (Slides without color)||Ch 6|
|1/25||Catch-up, review||HW 3 due|
|2/1||Lexical Types||Ch 8:8.1-8.4||HW 4 due|
|2/6||Lexical Rules||Ch 8:8.5-8.8|
|2/8||Grammar and Processing
|HW 5 due|
|2/13||Existentials, Extraposition, Idioms||Ch 11|
|2/15||Raising, Control||Ch 12||Midterm due|
|2/20||President's Day: no class|
|2/22||Auxiliary verbs||Ch 13||HW 6 due|
|2/27||Long-distance dependencies||Ch 14|
|3/1||Catch-up/review||HW 7 due|
|3/6||Syntax and sociolinguistic variation||Ch 15|
|Ch 16||HW 8 due|
|3/16 5pm||Final exam due|
No late finals accepted.