HG4041: Theories of Grammar

Instructor: Francis Bond

This course covers fundamental concepts in syntactic analysis such as part of speech types, constituent structure, the syntax-semantics interface, and phenomena such as complementation, raising, control, passive and long-distance dependencies. We will emphasize formally precise encoding of linguistic analyses. Through the course, we will progressively build up a consistent grammar for a fragment of English. Problem sets will introduce data and phenomena from other languages. We will start and finish by comparing various approaches to the study of syntax.

Seminars shared with HG7012 Topics in Theoretical Syntax)

Tue 9:30–13:30; HSS Seminar Room 3 (HSS-B1-10)

Course Outline

Lecture Date Topics Readings Problems
1 15 Aug Introduction to HPSG SWB: Ch 1, 2 1
2 22 Aug Feature Structures SWB: Ch 3 1, 3
3 29 Aug Complex Feature Structures SWB: Ch 4 1, 5, 6
4 05 Sep Semantics & How the Grammar Works SWB: Ch 5, 6.1, 6.2 (6.3 only if you feel like it) 5: 1; 6: 1, 3, 4, 5
5 12 Sept Binding SWB: Ch 7 1, 2
6 19 Sept The Structure of the Lexicon: (Types; Rules) SWB: Ch 8 1, 2, 6 (mid-term)
7 26 Sept Realistic Grammar SWB: Ch 9 1
Recess
8 10 Oct Dummies and Idioms SWB: Ch 11 1, 3, 4
9 17 Oct Raising and Control SWB: Ch 12 1, 2, 4, 6
10 24 Oct Long Distance Dependencies SWB: Ch 14 1, 2, 3 (final)
11 31 Oct Syntax in the Minimalist tradition
Michael 芳貴 ERLEWINE (mitcho)
Guest Lecture
12 07 Nov Sign-based Construction Grammar; Group Presentations SWB: Ch 16
Introduction to SBCG Ivan A. Sag (2011) Ling 7800-065)
29 Nov Research Paper Hard copy due by 17:00 (pdf by email ok)

Textbooks, References and Links

Learning Outcome

By the end of this course students will be able to:

Course Assessment components

Resources


Course materials are heavily inspired by Ling 566 Introduction to Syntax for Computational Linguistics at the University of Washington. Thanks to Emily Bender for letting us use them.