Structure and Movement: Tools and Argumentation

This course will focus on how to do syntactic research in light of what is currently known about the syntax of natural languages. Introduction to the battery of analytical tools and current theoretical understanding; Application of tools to African languages: “Probing” syntactic structures, interpreting results, constructing arguments, practice with constructing lexical items and tree drawing skills, evaluating locality. Selected topics from: the lexical domain (causatives, applied structures, passives, reciprocals, aspectual structure), serialization, complementation; the functional sequence of the clause; the structure of the noun phrase; pronouns and logophoricity, and predicate cleft/reduplication/verb doubling.