Introduction to Syntax

Course time: 
Tuesday/Friday 11:00 AM-12:50 PM
JSB 221

This elementary-level course will acquaint you with some of the important results and ideas of the last half-century of research in syntax. We will explore a large number of issues and a large amount of data so that you can learn something of what this field is all about — emphasizing ideas and arguments for these ideas in addition to the the details of particular analyses. Though there are various approaches to syntax under active investigation, this class will highlight one particular approach, sometimes called Principles and Parameters syntax. Most important, the course will try to show why the study of syntax is exciting, and why its results are important to researchers in other language sciences.