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160125 PS Formal Syntax (2021S)

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 40 participants
Language: German



FR wtl von 05.03.2021 bis 25.06.2021 11.30 - 13:00 Ort: Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

In this proseminar we will go deeper into some of the theoretical and empirical issues introduced in the course 'VU Grammatiktheorie', at the same time as we broaden our scope of inquiry to yet other syntactic phenomena. In particular, we will look at issues surrounding argument and event structure (so-called “first-phase syntax”), island phenomena, relative clauses, agreement, Case, as well as the (nature of the) interaction of syntax with other modules of the grammar, bearing in mind all along the issue of what the locus of cross-linguistic variation might be.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students are expected to do the readings before coming to class, come to class, participate actively by asking and answering questions, make a presentation with a handout and write a squib on some grammatical phenomenon (some hands-on training will be provided). Alternatively, instead of the squib-writing requirement students may opt for a written exam to be held on the last session of the course.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Anwesenheitspflicht (max. 2x fehlen).
Students have a good command of theoretical issues in modern syntactic research and their empirical foundations.

Examination topics

Topics discussed in class (and protocoled on Moodle).

Reading list

Alexiadou, Artemis, Elena Anagnostopoulou and Florian Schäfer (2015) External Arguments in Transitivity Alternations: A Layering Approach. Oxford: OUP.
Bejar, Susana and Milan Rezac (2009) Cyclic Agree. Linguistic Inquiry 40 (1):35-73.
Cinque, Guglielmo (2020) The Syntax of Relative Clauses: A Unified Double-headed Analysis. Cambridge: CUP.
Delancey, Scott (1981) An interpretation of split ergativity and related patterns. Language 57:626-657.
Haider, Hubert (2018) Phrase-structure based typology. https://www.uni-salzburg.at/fileadmin/multimedia/Linguistik/documents/Haider-Phrase_structure_based_typology.pdf
Harley, Heidi (2013) External arguments and the Mirror Principle: On the distinctness of Voice and v. Lingua 125: 34-57.
Harley, Heidi and Elizabeth Ritter (2002) Person and number in pronouns: A feature-geometric analysis. Language 78:482-526.
Holmberg, Anders (2010) Parameters in minimalist theory: The case of Scandinavian. Theoretical Linguistics 36(1): 1-48.
Müller, Gereon (2011) Constraints on Displacement: A phase-based approach. Benjamins.
Polinsky, Maria (2013) Raising and control. In M. den Dikken (ed.) The Cambridge Handbook of Generative Syntax. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Sheehan, Michelle (2015) Case. Ergative languages. In A. Fábregas, J. Mateu and M. Putnam (eds.) Contemporary Linguistic Parameters. Bloomsbury.

Association in the course directory


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