Slavic Languages and Literatures | Comparative Slavic Morphosyntax
L504 | ALL | Franks


Course description: Selected topics in the morphosyntax of Slavic languages
will be examined from a comparative perspective. The course serves the dual
purpose of introducing students both to modern generative grammar and to a
range of relevant problems posed by Slavic. The course will be run as a
workshop, with active student participation.

Requirements: The workshop nature of the course means that, in addition to
completing the general readings, each student will be assigned a specific
Slavic language. Students will be regularly responsible for reporting back
to the class on how their language behaves with respect to the constructions
considered, as well as following up when specific questions arise. Written
work will consist of a research paper on a topic to be mutually agreed upon,
plus one short critical review of an article related to the research paper.
Each student will also lead a brief discussion of the problems treated in
his/her term paper.

Readings:
Required: Franks Parameters of Slavic Morphosyntax plus reading packet
Recommended: Comrie and Corbett The Slavonic Languages
Cook and Newson Chomsky's Universal Grammar
Before each topic, a list of suggested and required readings will be
distributed.  We will first overview the salient properties of each language
with respect to the topic at hand, then discuss particular readings where
relevant, and finally analyze the individual languages with respect to the
theoretical and comparative concerns raised.  Additionally, I strongly
recommend students read through an introductory textbook in current
syntactic theory if they have not taken L543 from the Linguistics
department. I have selected Cook and Newson's forthcoming volume Chomsky's
Universal Grammar, assuming that it will be ready in time. Other useful
texts are Haegeman's Introduction to Government & Binding Theory,  van
Riemsdijk and Williams' Introduction to the Theory of Grammar and Radford's
Transformational Grammar.