CJD11 Syntax I - PhD lectures

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2014
Extent and Intensity
0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
doc. PhDr. Mojmír Dočekal, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Ludmila Veselovská, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Mojmír Dočekal, Ph.D.
Department of Linguistics and Baltic Languages - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: prof. PhDr. Petr Karlík, CSc.
Supplier department: Department of Linguistics and Baltic Languages - Faculty of Arts
Passive knowledge of English.
Course Enrolment Limitations
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Course objectives
We will reflect modern syntactic theories. The basic problem of these theories is the competition between syntax and semantics. Modern syntactic theories (minimalist program, principles and parameters) describe almost any natural langauage, but they have become more abstract, and syntactic derivations become ever more complex. Good question: is it possible to avoid these complexities, but retain the empirical coverage of generative grammar?
  • Topics: phrase structure, theta roles, case assignment, anaphors, transformations, empty categories, minimalist program, syntax-semantics interface, optimality theory, constructional grammar.
  • Haegeman, Liliane (1997): The New Comparative Syntax. London: Longman.
  • Johnson, Kyle. Introduction to Transformational Grammar. Lecture notes. Ms. University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
  • Sportiche, Koopman & Stabler (2003). An introduction to syntactic analysis and theory. http://www.linguistics.ucla.edu/people/stabler/isat.pdf.
  • Culicover, Peter W. - Jackendoff, R. Simpler syntax. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-927108-9.
  • HAEGEMAN, Liliane M. V. and Jacqueline GUÉRON. English grammar :a generative perspective. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1999. xiii, 672. ISBN 0-631-18839-8. info
  • FROMKIN, Victoria and Robert RODMAN. An introduction to language [Fromkin, 1998]. 6th ed. Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1998. xvii, 566. ISBN 0-03-018682-X. info
  • CHOMSKY, Noam. The minimalist program. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1995. 420 s. ISBN 0-262-53128-3. info
  • SGALL, Petr. Úvod do syntaxe a sémantiky : některé nové směry v teoretické lingvistice. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 1986. 197 s. info
Assessment methods
Lectures, class discussion. The course is completed by successful writing of a test.
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The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016.
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