Dynamic Syntax (Masters)
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- Term 2
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
At the end of the module, students will be familiar with the model of Dynamic Syntax and will be able to critically assess analyses of different linguistic phenomena formulated in it. They will be able to relate empirical evidence to linguistic argumentation, and to understand and construct wider arguments about the nature of syntax and human language more widely, based on different theoretical approaches to linguistics.
Total of 10 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week consisting of a 1 hour lecture and a 1 hour seminar.
Method of assessment
A derivation exercise of 500 words (30%); an essay on a selected approved topic of 2500 words (70%). Submission dates to be advised.
- Cann, Kaplan, & Kempson. 2005. Data at the syntax-pragmatics interface: English resumptive pronouns. Lingua 115.
- Cann R, R Kempson, L Marten (2005) The dynamics of language. Oxford: Elsevier.
- Cann, R., R. Kempson, L. Marten, M. Otsuka & D. Swinburne, 2004, On the left and on the right, in D. Adger, C. de Cat & G. Tsoulos, eds., Peripheries, Dordrecht: Kluwer, 19-47.
- Carston R (2002) Thoughts and utterances. Oxford: Blackwell.
- Kempson, R. Cann, R. Kiaer, J., 2006. Topic, focus and the structural dynamics of language. In Molnar, V. and Winkler, S, (eds.), The Architecture of Focus, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, 59-82
- Kempson R, W Meyer-Viol, D Gabbay (2001) Dynamic syntax. Oxford: Blackwell.
- Kempson R, W Meyer-Viol, M Otsuka (2003) Growth of logical form: the dynamics of syntax. In J Peregrin (ed.) The Dynamic Turn. Oxford: Elsevier, 121-147.
- Marten L (2002) At the syntax-pragmatics interface. Oxford: OUP.
- Marten L (2005) The dynamics of agreement and conjunction. Lingua 115, 527-547.
Marten, Lutz, 2007, Focus strategies and the incremental development of semantic representations: evidence from Bantu. In Enoch Aboh, Katharina Hartmann and Malte Zimmermann, eds., Focus Strategies: Evidence from African Languages, Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
- Marten, Lutz and Ruth Kempson, 2006, Dynamic Syntax. In Keith Brown, ed., The Encyclopedia of Languages and Linguistics, 2nd ed., Oxford: Elsevier, Vol. 4, 33-37.
- Marten, Lutz, Ruth Kempson and Miriam Bouzouita, 2008, Concepts of structural underspecification in Bantu and Romance. In Cécile de Cat and Katherine Demuth, eds., The Romance-Bantu Connection, Amsterdam: Benjamins, 3-39.
- Purver, M., Cann, R., & Kempson, R. 2006. Grammars as Parsers: Meeting dialogue challenges. Research on Language and Computation 4. 289-326
- Shaer, B. and Frei, W. Dislocated Elements in Discourse Routledge. London: New York.
- Sperber D, D Wilson (1995) Relevance: communication and cognition. 2nd ed. Oxford: Blackwell.