- Summer Session 2017
- Minimalism seminar
- Syntactic Theory
- Winter Session 2017-18
- Challenges at the syntax-semantics interface
- Grammars for Trees and Graphs
In this seminar we will explore minimalist syntax, from Chomsky's original formulation (The Minimalist Program) through Stabler's formalisation (Minimalist Grammars), and on to Minimalist approaches to linguistic phenomena.
Co-taught with Tania Avgustinova
The order of words in a sentence is determined by the syntax of the language, but this is not the only job syntax has been proposed to have. Many syntactic models assume that the meaning of the sentence is closely related to its syntacic structure. In many cases, such a relationship is straightforward, but a number of phenomena challenge this relationship. This seminar will explore some of these challenges. Topics may include free word order, raising, control, binding, quantifier and neg raising, negative polarity items, questions, and imperatives.
Co-taught with Alexander Koller and Antoine Venant