Spanish & Portuguese | Advanced Spanish Syntax
S611 | 3997 | C. Clements

Professor J. Clancy Clements

Advanced Spanish Syntax

TR 8:00am - 9:15am/section# 3997/3cr./Ballantine Hall 147

The goals of this course are to provide students with: (1) a
solid understanding of some key issues in Spanish syntax from the
functional-typological perspective, (2)  analytical skills of
syntactic argumentation, (3) a good idea of how to write conference
abstracts, and (4) all the support necessary to produce an original
piece of research on a topic related to Spanish syntax.

This course takes as its points of departure: First, the notion
of Transitivity, as conceived and developed by Hopper and Thompson
(1980), and, second, a newly advanced typological perspective, as
articulated in Dryer (1997).  Throughout the semester, we will study
topics such as the notions of ‘subject’ and ‘indirect object’, the
semantics and syntax of adjective placement, speech acts, control
relations, and relative and adverbial connectives. Prerequisite S511
or its equivalent.

Class time will be used for the extensive discussion of the
various recent articles chosen for the course.  Attention will be
given to the details of the theoretical and empirical argumentation
behind each issue.