Lexical-Functional Grammar - דקדוק לקסיקלי-פונקציונלי


Prof. Yehuda N. Falk
Office 7812
Office Hours: Wednesday 2:45-3:30

Semester B 2011-2 Sunday 12:30-2:00 in room 2506 / Wednesday 12:30-2:00 in room 2306
Advanced Syntax Course, Generative Linguistics BA Program
Course Language: Hebrew

Lexical-Functional Grammar (LFG) is a nontransformational generative theory of syntax. It is based on parallel autonomous representations of surface syntactic structure and surface grammatical functions and an active lexical component. The course will discuss the conceptual content of LFG and its formalisms, and will examine how familiar syntactic constructions are analyzed.

Course Outline

  1. Concepts and Formalism
    1. Introduction to Lexical-Functional Grammar [Chapter 1]
      • Lexical
      • Functional
      • Grammar
    2. Formal Architecture of the Theory: C-structure and X-bar Theory [Chapter 2]
    3. Formal Architecture of the Theory: F-structure [Chapter 3]
      • Grammatical Functions
      • The Mapping between C-structure and F-structure
    4. Formal Architecture of the Theory: A-structure and Lexical Mapping Theory [Chapter 4]
      • Passive
      • Unaccusatives
  2. Basic LFG Analyses
    1. Control [Chapter 5]
      • Anaphoric Control
      • Functional Control
      • Equi and Raising
    2. Long Distance Dependencies ("Wh Movement") [Chapter 6]
    3. Anaphora [Chapter 7]
  3. More Detailed Analyses (seminar papers / final exam)
  4. Summary [Chapter 8]


Falk, Lexical-Functional Grammar: An Introduction to Parallel Constraint-Based Syntax. For updates and other stuff, click here.

Course requirements

Homeworks 50%
Take-home Final Exam 50%
NOTE: Students who take this course are strongly encouraged to write a seminar paper. Click here for information on writing a seminar paper.

Useful Links

International Lexical-Functional Grammar Association
Index of LFG linguists
The LFG Home Page
LFG conference proceedings
LFG Bibliography
LFG List (E-mail discussion list)
Using word processors to draw f-structures and the like
LFG 2012 conference (Udayana University, Bali, Indonesia), 28 June - 1 July 2012

Handouts available for downloading in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format

Note: If these don't print correctly on your printer but display properly in Acrobat, try using the "Print as image" option in Acrobat.

Syllabus (4 March)
Anatomy of f-structure (7 March)
More f-sructures (11 March)
C-structure Categories (18 March)
Hebrew Structures (25 March)


LFG-related terminology in Hebrew and English

There will be no class on 21 March. We will make the class up later in the semester.


Assigned 11 March, due 18 March: Chapter 1 exercises (pp. 30-31). Click here for Question 3 answers.