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Antirequisite(s): The former Anthropology 2248A/B.
Prerequisite(s): Anthropology 1027A/B or Linguistics 2288A/B.
Syntax is a study of sentence structure: how words are organized into larger meaningful units. 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, constituency, dependency, grammatical relations, argument structure, focusing on analyzing data following a scientific approach to the study of sentence structure.