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Linguistics: Topics in English Syntax

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2011-2012

Admission requirements

Linguistics 6 (Advanced English Generative Syntax)

Description

In this course we will examine and discuss a number of topics in English syntax and the way in which they are explained in the generative framework. Topics that will be discussed include the syntax of subjects, the syntax of English noun phrases, the syntax of verb complementation and the syntax of interrogatives and imperatives. These topics will be examined in the light of recent developments in Minimalism, including split projections and phases.

Course objectives

  • Students have gained insight into important empirical and theoretical issues regarding the syntax of a number of constructions in English.

  • Students know how to approach these issues from a generative syntactic point of view.

  • Students are able to critically evaluate existing generative syntactic analyses.

Timetable

The timetable will be available by June 1st at www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/engels.

Mode of instruction

A two-hour seminar per week.

Assessment method

Oral presentation (30%); written paper (70%).

Blackboard

This course is supported by Blackboard.

Reading list

Reader.

Registration

Students should register through uSis.

Contact information

Departmental Office English Language and Culture, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; mail: english@hum.leidenuniv.nl.
Coordinator of Studies Master: Ms. K. van der Zeeuw-Filemon, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103C.

Remarks

No remarks.