24.953 Argument Structure and Syntax

Spring 2003


Course Highlights

One highlight of this course is the various recent analyses of "object." We will look at objects in a variety of constructions in English, the internal arguments of distransitive verbs in Japanese, and so forth.  See Miyagawa and Tsujioka in the readings for discussion related to Japanese.

Course Description

This course is a detailed investigation of the major issues and problems in the study of lexical argument structure and how it determines syntactic structure. Its empirical scope  is along three dimensions: typology, lexical class, and theoretical framework. The range of linguistic types include English, Japanese, Navajo, and Warlpiri. Lexical classes include those of Levin's English Verb Classes and others producing emerging work on diverse languages. The theoretical emphasis of this course is on structural relations among elements of argument structure.

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Prof. Alec Marantz
Prof. Shigeru Miyagawa

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session