Syntax/Semantics - Program of Study
In the first year, graduate students usually take the three required courses related to syntax and semantics (some students opt to take Semantics I in their second year):
- LIN 380M: Semantics I. This is a graduate introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics. It is normally offered every Fall semester.
- LIN 380L: Syntax I. This is a graduate introduction to syntax. Students learn the transformational framework for grammatical analysis (Principles and Parameters theory). This course is offered every Fall semester.
- LIN 381L: Syntax II. The continuation of Syntax I, this course provides students with a background in the lexicalist, non-transformational approach to syntax (Lexical Functional Grammar). It is offered every Spring semester.
Beginning in their second year, students interested in continuing in syntax and semantics choose courses from the following:
LIN 381S: Semantics II is normally offered in the Spring semester. This course deals in more depth in a series of special topics in formal semantics and/or pragmatics.
LIN 393S: Topics in syntax and semantics is the general title for advanced seminars in syntax and semantics. These seminars vary in topic from semester to semester. A seminar is normally offered every semester. Recent topics have included The Syntax-Lexicon Interface, Agreement and Pronouns, Lexical Semantic Typology, and Information and Intonation. Students normally undertake original research and write a term paper for these seminars.
Still other courses of interest to syntax and semantics students include LIN 392: Minimalist Syntax (occasional) and LIN 394K • Philosophy of Language (offered most years, topics vary), as well as courses in Computational Linguistics (see Computational Linguistics concentration)