From 'Syntactic Structures' to the Minimalist Program

The course is designed for real beginners.

First of all, the language faculty and universal grammar will be discussed. Following that the students will be acquainted with the basic notions of generative syntax: constituent structure, functional projections, c-command, features, (-roles, movement. Each of this notions will be traced from "Syntactic structures" to the Minimalist Program, thus offering the students a possibility to become aware of how theory is created and why it changes.

Examples will be given from English and applied to the native languages of the students, with their active participation.

Reading List

Haegeman, Liliane (1991 and subsequent editions), Introduction to Government and Binding, Oxford: Blackwell.

Lasnik, Howard and Juan Uriagereka (1988), A Course in GB Syntax: Lectures on Bindinng and Empty Cateogries, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.

Kayne, Richard (1994), The Antisymmetry of Syntax, Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press.

Ouhala, Jamal (1994), Transformational Grammar, London: Edward Arnold.

Newmeyer, Frederick (1983), Grammatical Theory, Chicago/London: The University of Chicago Press.

Radford, Andrew (1997), Syntactic Theory and the Structure of English, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Riemsdijk, Henk van and Edwin Williams (1986), Introduction to the Theory of Trammar Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press.

Rizzi, Luiggi (1990), Relativized Minimality, Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.