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 p
osed 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 langu
age 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 t
he research paper. Each student will also lead a brief discussion of the problems treated in his/her term paper.
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 i
ndividual 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 The
ory of Grammar and Radford's Transformational Grammar.