構詞/句法學
Morphology/Syntax
     

This course introduces students to syntactic and morphological theory ‒ the study of the structure of sentences and the words that constitute them. The first semester of the course will introduce basic concepts of syntactic theory and linguistics in general: what the goals are, what data we wish to analyze, how the data is collected, what constitutes scientifically adequate analysis, and what such an analysis could look like. The second semester will review the motivations and mechanics of X′ theory, and explore all the major modules of Government and Binding Theory.

There are three main goals of this course:

  • Introduce students to the use of the scientific method in the study of language.

  • Introduce students to morphology, the study of word formation, and to theoretical syntax, the study of sentence formation, one of the two major branches of linguistics.

  • Bolster students’ analytical skills, especially through applying familiar concepts to unfamiliar data.