Syntax (Mondattan) in autumn 2017
Szécsényi Krisztina, Mon 15:30–17:00, R327, host: DELG (R301)
3-credit seminar, 30 h/term; strong prereq: BBN-ANG-132
description & set texts

The seminar gives a survey of the major fields in the grammar of English: word classes, syntactic constituents, construction types, clauses, as well as the principles and conditions underlying syntactic operations. On the basis of the achievements of generative linguistics, the course offers sound foundations for any further study in English linguistics.

The course deals with fundamental issues in the grammar and in particular the syntax of English in the framework of modern grammatical theory. Emphasis in the latter part is placed on arguments for and against proposals concerning grammatical structures and analyses.The course aims at explaining what systematic regularities define language in general and English in particular. The following topics will be discussed:

  1. Language and Grammar
  2. Constituents and structures
  3. X-Bar Syntax
  4. The structure of nominal expressions
  5. The structure of the Verb Phrase
  6. Lexicon, Thematic Roles
  7. Case Theory
  8. Wh-Movement: questions
  9. DP Movement: passive
  10. DP-movement: raising
Textbook: Mark Newson, Basic English Syntax with Exercises, HEFOP, Budapest, 2006
requirements & assessment

Grading is based on

More than three absences will not be tolerated.

Grading policy: 100%-87%:5; 86%-75%:4; 74%-63%:3; 62%-51%:2; 50%-0%:1