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.