Linguistics 2248A
Syntactic Analysis

Course Description

Syntax is a study of sentence structure: how words are organized into larger meaningful units. Semantics is a study of the way these meaningful units are interpreted. This course examines the nature of speakers’ underlying knowledge of the rules for combining words into higher-order structures. We will address the fundamental similarities in sentence patterning among different languages. We look at lexical categories, lexical semantics, constituency, dependency, grammatical relations, argument structure and sentential semantics, focusing especially on the relation between semantic structure and syntactic structure.

Course Materials

Carnie, Andrew. 2013. Syntax: Generative Introduction. Third edition. Wiley-Blackwell.

Carnie, Andrew. 2012. The Syntax Workbook: A Companion to Carnie's Syntax. Wiley-Blackwell.


Term tests (2) : 35%

Problem Sets (4) : 25%

Participation: 10%

Final exam: 30%