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

Spring 2005


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45775 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
BEN 1.118

Course Description

The objective of this course is to introduce students to modern syntactic theory and examine how it deals with some fundamental issues of Spanish syntax. The topics to be covered are the following: 1. Introduction: Basic Organization of Grammar 1.1 Mental Lexicon (Thematic Roles, Argument Structure) 1.2 Syntactic Structure of Sentences (Lexical Projection vs. Functional Projections, Complements vs. Adjuncts) 1.3 Syntactic Operations 2. Issue ONE: Representation of Syntactic Functions 2.1 Subject (Null-subject, VP-internal Hypothesis) 2.2 Object (Distribution of Clitics, CL/DP pairs, and DPs, Indirect/Dative Object: Argument and non-argument type) 3. Issue TWO: Lexicon-to-Syntax Mapping 3.1 Passive 3.2 Split intransitivity (Unaccusative/Unergative Contrast) 3.3 Inversion (Pych Verbs) 4. Issue THREE: Complementation 4.1 Finite vs. Non-finte clauses 4.2 Control vs. Raising 4.3 ECM vs. Control 5. Issue FOUR: Inflection 5.1 Agreement/Cross-referencing 5.2 Tense/Aspect 5.3 Mood 6. Issue FIVE: Clitic se 6.1 Different Functions of se 6.2 Uniform Treatment of se

Grading Policy

The final grade will be computed as follows: 1. Participation 10 2. Review Quizzes (3; In-class) 20 3. Mid-term Exams (2; Take-home) 40 4. Research Project (Critique) 20 5. Homework 10


1. Recommended textbooks: There is no required text for this course; the reading materials come from various sources. However, there are three textbooks I will heavily rely on: a. Haegeman, L. 1994. Introduction to Government and Binding Theory. 2nd edition. Blackwell. b. Radford, A. 1997. Syntactic Theory and the Structure of English: A minimalist approach. Cambridge University Press. c. Zagona, K. 2002. Syntax of Spanish. Cambridge University Press. 2. Hand-outs with analytical problems prepared by Instructor 3. Bibliography (Partial): Certain references will be used for Research Project. Bosque, I. 1990. El indicativo y subjuntivo. Madrid:Taurus. De Monte, V. 1995. “Dative Alternation.” Probus 7: 6-30. Franco, J. 1993. Object Agreement. Unpublished Ph.D dissertation, University of Southern California. Grimshaw, J. 1990. Argument Structure. MIT Press. Haverkate, H. 1996. The Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics of Spanish Mood. Amsterdam:John Benjamins. Kempchinsky, P. 1991. “On the characterization of a class of ditransitive verbs in Spanish,” in H. Campos and F. Martínez-Gill (eds.), Current Studies in Spanish Linguistics. Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press. PP. 201-240. ______________. 1992. “The Spanish Possessive Dative Construction,” in P. Hirshchbüler and K. Koerner (eds.), Romance Languages and Modern Linguistic Theory. PP. 123-134. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Krifka, M. “Manner in Dative Alternation.” WCCFL 18. CSLI/Cambridge University Press. Lunn, P. 1989. “The Spanish subjunctive and relevance,” in C.Kirschner and J.Decesaris (eds.) Studiesies in Romance Linguistics. Amsterdam:John Benjamins. PP. 429-451. Nishida, C. 1994. “Spanish Reflexvie se as an aspectual class marker.” Linguistics32: 425- 458. Nishida, C. (To appear) “Telicity and Beyond.” Sophia Linguistica 18. Tokyo Japan. Sanz, M. 2000. Events and Predication. Amsterdam:John Benjamins. Smith, C. 1997. The Parameter of Aspect, 2nd edition. Dordrecht: Kluwer. Solé, Y. 1990.. “Valores aspectuales en el español,” Hispanic Linguistic 4: 57-86. Strozer, J. 1976. Clitics in Spanish. Unpublished Ph. D dissertation, UCLA. Terrill, T. and Hooper. J. 1974. “Semantically based anaysis of mood in Spanish.” Hispania 57: 484-494. Suñer, M. 1980. Syntax and Semantics of Spanish Presentational Sentences (Appendices B: On Null Subjects). Geogetown University Press _____, M. 1988. “The role of Agreement in Clitic-doubled Constructions.” NLLT 6: 391-434. Van Valin, R. 1990. “Semantic Parameters of Split Intransitive.” Language 66: 221-260. Vendler, Z. 1967. Linguistics and Philosophy. Ithaca, N.Y: Cornell University Press. Zagona, K. 1989. Verb Phrase Syntax: A parametric study of Spanish and English. Dordrecht:Kluwer. _________ 1996. “Compositionality of Aspect: Evidence from Spanish aspectual se,” in Parodi et al (eds.), Aspects of Romance Linguistics. Amsterdam:John Benjamins. PP. 476-488. Zubizarreta, M.L. 1987. Levels of Representation in the Lexicon and in the Syntax. Dordrecht: Foris Publications.


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