SPN 383M • Introduction to Spanish Syntax
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
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.
Class assignments (15% course grade), 3 take-home exams (45% course grade), 1 research report (30% course grade).
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