Y. N. Falk
Office Hours: Sundays & Wednesdays 14:45-15:30
Semester A 2010-1 Sunday/Wednesday 10:30-12:00 Room 2604
MA Course, Generative Linguistics
"Grammatical functions" are notions like "subject" and "object". This course will examine the role of grammatical functions in syntactic description and their place in linguistic theory through the investigation of a wide range of constructions (passive, raising, control, wh constructions, predication, etc.).
Assigned 10 October for 17 October: Perlmutter, David M., and Paul M. Postal (1983) "Towards a Universal Characterization of Passivization." in David M. Perlmutter, ed., Studies in Relational Grammar 1. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 3-29. (originally presented at the BLS3 conference in 1977) You need only read to the top of p. 11.
Assigned 17 October for 24 October: Joan Bresnan (1982) "The Passive in Lexical Theory." in Joan Bresnan, ed., The Mental Representation of Grammatical Relations. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. 3–86.
Assigned 27 October for 3 November: Perlmutter, David M. (1984) "The Inadequacy of Some Monostratal Theories of Passive." in David M. Perlmutter and Carol G. Rosen, eds., Studies in Relational Grammar 2. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Read pp. 3-12 (to end of secion 2) and 31-end (sections 9, 10)
Assigned 31 October for 7 November: Yehuda N. Falk (2006) section of Subjects and Universal Grammar. pp. 16-24.
Assigned 7 November for 14 November: Kaplan, Ronald M. and Joan Bresnan (1982) "Lexical-Functional Grammar: A Formal System for Grammatical Representation." in Joan Bresnan, ed., The Mental Representation of Grammatical Relations. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. 17-42. Read pp. 220–229; ignore the section on subject-auxiliary inversion on p. 228..
Assigned 14 November for 21 November: Kaplan, Ronald M. and Annie Zaenen (1989) "Long-Distance Dependencies,Constituent Structure, and Functional Uncertainty." in Mark R. Baltin and Anthony S. Kroch, eds., Alternative Conceptions of Phrase Structure. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 17-42.
Assigned 21 November for 28 November: Yehuda N. Falk (2006) Subjects and Universal Grammar. pp. 2-16; 28-32; 39-44; 47-60; 73-83
Assigned 8 December for 15 December:
Assigned 19 December for 26 December: Bresnan, Joan, and Lioba Moshi (1990) "Object Asymmetries in Comparative Bantu Syntax." Linguistic Inquiry 21: 147–185.
Assigned 29 December for 5 January:
Assigned 5 January for 12 January: Yehuda N. Falk (2005) "Open Argument Functions". in Miriam Butt and Tracy Holloway King, eds., Proceedings of the LFG 05 Conference, University of Bergen. 136-153.