Students must have basic knowledge of GB or Minimalist syntax (e.g., (the equivalent of) syntax 1 and syntax 2 in the Leiden BA Linguistics program).
This course prepares the students for the rest of the syntax program in the MA, Advanced syntax 2 (second block of the first term) and Comparative syntax (second term). It does so by devoting the first half to a quick reminder course on minimalist syntax, for which we use the text book by Olaf Koeneman and Hedde Zeijlstra (2017). In the second half, we discuss issues in the syntax-morphology interface, on the basis of a number of recent articles on the topic.
- Students understand and can work with the notions which are fundamental to the Minimalist framework of syntax.
- Students can use argumentation methods common in syntactic theory.
- Students are capable of discussing linguistic phenomena using the tools within the Minimalist Program.
- Students are able to write a research paper: do the research and report on it.
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Mode of instruction
Assessment and Weighing
Short paper/essay (part 2 block 1): 50%
Compensation possible, but the short paper/essay must be awarded with a 5.5 or higher.
Assigments and the short paper/essay can be redone in case of a “fail”.
Inspection and feedback
Students are entitled to view their marked examination within a period of 30 days, following publication of the results of a written examination.
For the first part of this course we use the following textbook:
Olaf Koeneman and Hedde Zeijlstra, Introducing syntax. Cambridge University Press, 2017.
Readings for the rest of the course time will be announced through Brightspace as we go along.
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