LINGUIST 2SY3 Syntax
Academic Year: Fall 2015
Instructor: Prof. Cassandra Chapman
Office: Togo Salmon Hall 629
Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24388
Office Hours: Mondays 3:30-4:30, Thursdays 9:30-10:30 (TSH 609)
- Course Objectives
- Textbooks, Materials & Fees
- Method of Assessment
- Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties
- Additional Policies and Statements
- Topics and Readings
- Other Course Information
1. understand syntax as the scientific study of sentence structure;
2. apply tools from generative syntax to analyze sentence structure in English and other languages; and
3. evaluate and critique theories about mental grammar as they apply to sentence structure in English and other languages.
Textbooks, Materials & Fees:
Required: Carnie, Andrew. 2012. Syntax: A Generative Introduction. Third edition. Wiley-Blackwell.
Optional (but highly recommended): Carnie, Andrew. 2012. The Syntax Workbook: A Companion to Carnie’s Syntax. Wiley-Blackwell.
Note that there is also a second edition of the textbook in wide distribution. If you choose to use the second edition, please ensure that you check with a classmate that the problem sets are the same. Page numbers and question numbers have changed between editions and you are responsible for ensuring that you are completing the assigned work.
Method of Assessment:
|Problem sets||September 16, September 30, October 7,
October 28, November 9, November 30
(grade is calculated on
|Test 1 (45 minutes)||October 19||15%|
|Test 2 (45 minutes)||November 18||20%|
|Final exam||TBD by registrar||30%|
How work is to be submitted:
All problem sets must be submitted through Dropbox on Avenue to Learn by the due date in PDF format. Work that is not submitted in PDF format will not be accepted. Late submissions will not be accepted and will result in a grade of zero (0).
Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:
Late work will not be accepted and students will receive a grade of 0.
Students can submit a McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF) for up to one (1) missed problem set or test over the term. If the instructor receives an MSAF for a missed problem set, the problem set’s grade will not be included in the final course grade. If the student submits an MSAF for a missed test, the value of the test will be added to the value of the final exam. It is the student’s responsibility to use the MSAF tool and to follow up with the instructor as soon as possible after the form has been submitted. Note that MSAFs cannot be submitted during the final exam period and thus, cannot be used for the final exam.
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- plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
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Topics and Readings:
|September 9||Introduction and Review||Chapter 1||Problem set 1 assigned|
|September 14||Parts of Speech||Chapter 2|
|September 16||Constituency||Chapter 3||Problem set 1 due|
|September 21||Stuctural Relations||Chapter 4|
|September 23||X-bar theory
|Chapter 6||Problem set 2 assigned|
|September 28||NO CLASS||None|
|September 30||Binding Theory
|Chapter 5||Problem set 2 due,
Problem set 3 assigned
|October 5||Binding Theory cont.||Chapter 5 cont.|
|October 7||Extending X-bar theory||Chapter 7||Problem set 3 due|
|October 12-14||MIDTERM RECESS (NO CLASS)|
|October 19||Test 1||None||Test to be completed within class hours (45 minutes)|
|October 21||Theta Theory||Chapter 8||Problem set 4 assigned|
|October 26||Theta Theory cont.||Chapter 8 cont.|
|October 28||Auxiliaries and Functional Categories||Chapter 9||Problem set 4 due|
|November 2||Auxiliaries and Functional Categories cont.||Chapter 9 cont.||Problem set 5 assigned|
|November 4||Head movement||Chapter 10|
|November 9||Head movement cont.||Chapter 10 cont.||Problem set 5 due|
|November 11||DP movement||Chapter 11|
|November 16||DP movement cont.||Chapter 11 cont.|
|November 18||Test 2||None||Test to be completed within the first 45 minutes of class, followed by a short lecture|
|November 23||Wh-movement||Chapter 12||Problem set 6 assigned|
|November 25||Wh-movement cont.||Chapter 12 cont.|
|November 30||Advanced topic||Class vote: topics in Chapters 13-16||Problem set 6 due|
|December 2||Class vote: topics in Chapters 13-16|
|December 7||Wrap-up and review||None|
Other Course Information:
In this course, we will be using Avenue to Learn. Students should be aware that when they access their electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last names, user names for the McMaster email accounts and program affiliation may become apparent to all other students in the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology used. Continuation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any questions or concerns about such disclosure please discuss this with the course instructor.