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Instructor Info:Steven Weisler
Office Extension x6844
Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
12:30 PM - 01:50 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 111
12:30 PM - 01:50 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 111
Description: This course introduces students to contemporary syntactic theory in the generative tradition. Among the topics we will explore are phrase structure, anaphora, discontinuous dependencies (such as Wh-questions and relative clauses), quantification, and thematic role assignment. Although the course presumes no prior knowledge of syntax, it is recommended for students with prior experience or interest in linguistic theory. The course will develop precise, formal analyses and will emphasize the importance of linguistic augmentation. Students will complete multiple problem sets and will write article critiques that allow them to begin to explore the primary literature of the field.