Spanish & Portuguese | Spanish Syntactic Analysis
S511 | 4280 | C. Clements
Professor Clancy Clements
TR 9:30am - 10:45am/section #4280/3cr./Ballantine Hall 134
This course covers several major issues in Spanish syntax,
within one framework of functional-typological grammar, that of
Givon, with additional texts taken from “Role and Reference Grammar”
(Van Valin), “Speech Act Theory” (Searle and Vendler), as well as
other readings. As a basis, we will follow Givon's text “Syntax”,
which will bring up a variety of general questions that we will
examine as they pertain to Spanish syntax. Class time will consist of
lecturing and extensive discussion of readings and supplementary
materials as they apply to questions of Spanish syntax. Attention
will be given to problem solving, understanding alternative analyses
of given issues, and becoming aware of the basic theoretical
assumptions behind each issue.
The aim of this course is to provide the student of Spanish
linguistics with: (1) a good basic understanding of some key issues
in Spanish syntax within one functional modal, and (2) the essential
analytical skills to sort out general advantages and limitations of
such a modal.
Grades will be calculated based on various assignments,
preparedness and participation in class, a midterm, and a final exam.