Slavic Languages and Literatures | Comparative Slavic Morphosyntax
L504 | ALL | Franks
Course description: Selected topics in the morphosyntax of Slavic
will be examined from a comparative perspective. The course serves the
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.
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
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
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.