- Winter Session 2017-18
- Challenges at the syntax-semantics interface
- Summer Session 2017
- Minimalism seminar
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.
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.