After this course, students will:
• be familiar with a selected number of linguistic proposals concerning the syntax of English and its role in language acquisition, language contact and language change;
• be able to reproduce the gist of real linguistic articles;
• be able to produce syntactic representations of the constructions under discussion;
• be able to distill and reproduce the structure of linguistic argumentation, i.e. break it down into the problem, the solution (or main hypothesis) and the evidence supporting this.
• be able to reproduce the limitations of particular proposals on a basic level;
• be able to make basic connections between different articles, to notice (dis)similarities and to understand opposing viewpoints.
The first part of this course will focus on the way syntax interacts with morphology, phonology and semantics. After that, the course will continue with the study of journal articles that offer concrete and fundamental insights in the study of English syntax and show the role that syntax plays in language acquisition, language change and language contact. Topics that will be dealt with are, among others, the passive construction and its acquisition, the structure of noun phrases, verb movement, and the change in the history of English from OV to VO.|
B1 Syntax 1, or a similar course.