These are the courses that I teach during the academic year 2018-2019. Click on a course title to see more details.

Syntax (287)

1st semester 2018-2019

Lecture:
Tuesday 16-18 and Thursday 14-16
Tutorial:
Tuesday 12-14

Course description

This course is an introduction to the generative approach to analyzing sentence structure. Elements of syntactic analysis are introduced: constituents and tree diagrams, arguments and modifiers, thematic roles and the theta criterion, movement and abstract syntactic representations. This course provides the tools for understanding the source of phenomena such as structural ambiguities and the formation of interrogative sentences.

Syllabus (in Hebrew, on BIU website)

More information and course materials will be available at https://syntax.myway.science/.

Advanced Syntax (587)

2nd semester 2018-2019, Tuesday and Thursday 8-10

Course description

BA-level elective which is a continuation of 287. This course introduces more advanced topics that form the foundations of modern syntactic theory: functional projections and recent versions of X-bar theory, clause structure and the syntactic representation of argument structure, movement operations and cross-linguistic variations in word order, case, agreement, and binding. Abstract notions such as empty categories (PRO, trace) and non-overt structural representations are developed, with the goal of arriving at a systematic theory of syntax that can not only describe the language but also explain why it has the observed properties.

Prerequisite: 37-287 or (for MA/PhD students) 37-987. This course is open to students at all levels (BA, MA and PhD); MA students will be required to do additional work to get MA credit for this course.

Syllabus (in Hebrew, on BIU website)

More information and course materials will be available at https://syntax.myway.science/.

Quantitative Research in Syntax (892)

1st semester 2018-2019, Thursday 8-12

Course description

This seminar deals with work in theoretical syntax which is based not only on the methodology of using informal grammaticality judgments but also on quantitative research methods, and in particular experimental syntax and corpus studies. Through discussions of specific studies we will also deal with general theoretical questions regarding the nature of abstract syntactic representations and the extent to which different syntactic models are suitable representations of the full range of observed facts. Some of the specific syntactic phenomena to be discussed:

  • Optionality of agreement and constructions in which languages allow more than one agreement pattern
  • Constraints on question formation and other constructions involving wh-movement
  • Alternations between constructions with similar meanings but different forms: the dative alternation; genitive variation
  • Word order alternations

Prerequisite: 37-287 or (for MA/PhD students) 37-987. This course is open to students at all levels (BA, MA and PhD).

Syllabus (in Hebrew, on BIU website)

More information and course materials will be available at https://syntax.myway.science/.