24.960 Syntactic Models

Spring 2006

Entrance to D-wing of the old Building 20.
Entrance to D-wing of the old Building 20. (Photo courtesy of John F. Cook, copyright (c) MIT.)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive list of readings and a complete set of lecture notes. Course assignments are also available.

Course Description

This course presents a comparison of different proposed architectures for the syntax module of grammar. The subject traces several themes across a wide variety of approaches, with emphasis on testable differences among models. Models discussed include ancient and medieval proposals, structuralism, early generative grammar, generative semantics, government-binding theory/minimalism, LFG, HPSG, TAG, functionalist perspectives and others.

Recommended Citation

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Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session