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This course follows on from second-year syntax, covering selected advanced topics and current research in syntactic theory.
Minimalism is a syntactic research program that has been very influential over the past 15 years.This course provides a practical introduction to Minimalist syntactic analysis. Building on thetheoretical foundations of transformational syntax covered in LING 206, we will take a closer lookat current approaches to binding theory, theta-roles, phrase structure, and movement. Wewill discuss different case and agreement systems and examine the nature of raising and controlstructures. A particular focus of our investigations will be the study of syntactic differences andsimilarities between a wide range of languages, which we will try to account for in terms ofmorphosyntactic features and parameter settings. To this end all course participants are asked tocollect and analyse data from a language other than English. Students may therefore find ithelpful to have some familiarity with another language and/or ready access to a native speaker.
Through their experiences with this course, students are anticipated to be able to: work both independently and collaboratively to identify patterns in syntactic data, formulate and test hypotheses, and tackle syntactic puzzles with no easy solution collect foreign language data on a range of syntactic topics and use them to test the limitations of a given theoretical approach to syntactic variation develop original arguments based on the analysis and comparison of syntactic data from English and other languages communicate their findings effectively, using appropriate linguistic terminology, and supporting their arguments with illustrative examples and diagrams
LING201 or LING206 or LING211 or LING217
Core syntax: a minimalist approach;
Oxford University Press.
Library portalThe course outline is available on LEARN (only for students enrolled in this course).
Domestic fee $1,239.00
International fee $5,375.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Language, Social and Political Sciences.