- Here you have a list of 15 problems you can choose: list of problems for the final essay. Alternatively, you can propose me a subject for your essay.
- Extended deadline: January 31.
- By e-mail or in print (in my mailbox).
- Extension: 5-7 pages AT MOST (references included). You are not required to explain basic theoretical concepts, but you must clearly explain the problem, its background (if needed) and the solution(s). You can also link the problem with the concepts and ideas discussed at class. Be clear, arrange the text coherently, and use your own words.
- Format: 1 inch (2,54 cm) margins, single space, 12 pt typeface (Times, Arial or equivalent)
- If delivered by e-mail, it should be a PDF file with your name as the filename (e.g. xaviervillalba.pdf). Don’t forget to identify yourself in the document.
- slides (updated)
- summary of constituent structure concepts
- Glossary of syntactic terms. From Andrew Carnie 2013 Syntax: A Generative Introduction, Third Edition. © Andrew Carnie. Published 2013 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- Recommended readings:
- Bosque, I. (1989). Las categorías gramaticales. Madrid: Síntesis. Chapter 2.
Rijkhoff, J. (2007). Word classes. Language & Linguistics Compass, 1(6), 709–726.
- Gawron, M. Syntax Course Outline
- read the following article (Jackendoff, R. (2012). The Parallel Architecture and its Place in Cognitive Science. The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis, 645–668.) and
- write a summary of 500 words. You may find helpful the material of Jackendoff’s course at UAB last May “Advanced issues in cognitive science and linguistics”
- Part 1: Motivation for the Parallel Architecture
- Part 2: Two components of the Parallel Architecture: Conceptual Semantics and Simpler Syntax
- Part 3: What You Can Say Without Syntax? A Hierarchy of Grammatical Complexity and its Bearing on the Evolution of Language (with Eva Wittenberg)
- Part 4: A third component of Parallel Architecture: Relational Morphology and the structure of the lexicon (with Jenny Audring; much of the approach derived from Geert Booij’s Construction Morphology)
Recommended video: Harvard Whatmough Lecture, April 28, 2014.
The History of Formal Semantics: Changing Notions of Semantic Competence
Barbara H. Partee, Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Linguistics and Philosophy at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
- Phonology: exercises, with the solutions.
- Basic concepts and units in semantics.
- Semantics: exercises.This document includes a series of exercises on truth-conditions with the solutions. You are required to describe and evaluate the truth conditions of 10 propositions. Express them in your own words, but be conspicuous!. Remember that logic is just a tool for expressing ourselves in a clear unambiguous way.
- Rules in grammar. These are the slides for next class (November 10).
- For a clear and detailed explanation of phrase structure and transformational rules in traditional generative grammar, you can consult the following lectures by Charles T. J. Huang, professor at Harvard University and one of the mosrt influent syntacticians of the eighties and nineties. Phrase structure rules: 1, 2. Transformations: 1, 2, and 3.
- A very clear historical summary of transformational grammar is Culicover, Peter W. The history of syntax. In Andrew Carnie, Dan Siddiqi, and Yosuke Sato, eds. Handbook of Syntax. Routledge, London. 2014.
- Summary of basic ideas of transformational grammar. In this document I explain in some detail the basic concepts underlying transformational grammar, in particular the enrichment of phrase structure grammar by means of transformations, and the later introduction of mechanisms for limiting the power of these transformations.