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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

Fall 2008

SPN 383M • Introduction to Spanish Syntax

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
48285 W
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
MEZ 1.104
Luján

Course Description

This course has a two-fold objective. It acquaints the students with the main structural features of Spanish sentences, while introducing them to the analytical tools developed in modern syntax and semantics. Structural topics to be covered include null/overt pronouns, determiner types, impersonal and passive reflexive sentences, wh-clauses, verbal classes, and agreement inflections, among others. The syntactic analysis will go hand in hand with the basic notions of truth-functional semantics, which include the fundamentals of set theory, propositional calculus and predicate logic.

Grading Policy

Class assignments (15% course grade), 3 take-home exams (45% course grade), 1 research report (30% course grade).

Texts

Allwood, Jens, Lars-Gunnar Anderson & Östen Dahl. 1994. Logic in Linguistics. (Chapters 1-5). Cambridge University Press, Great Britain. Garrido-Medina, Joaquín. 1994. Lógica y Lingüística. (Chapters 1-4). Síntesis, Madrid Escandell-Vidal, M. Victoria. 2004. Fundamentos de Semántica Composicional. Editorial Ariel, Barcelona. Zagona, Karen. 2002. The Syntax of Spanish. (1st. part) Cambridge University Press.

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