LING 462 A: Syntax II

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 10:50am - 12:20pm
ART 004
Brent Woo

Syllabus Description:

LING 462: Syntax II
Summer Quarter B-Term 2016

Class time M-F 10:50 AM - 12:20 PM Instructor Brent Woo
Room ART 004 bwoo at
Dates July 21 - August 19 Office hour W 12:30 PM - 1:20 PM
GUG 407





Course Information

Prerequisite  LING 461
Required text   Carnie, Andrew. 2013. Syntax, A Generative Introduction. 3rd ed. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell

This course is the second part of the introductory series to X-bar syntax. In this course we will expand our model of grammar to account for sentences involving displacement – that is, a divergence between place of pronunciation and interpretation – by introducing the operation of movement. By the end of the course we will have developed a theory that accounts for a wide range of syntactic phenomena: Yes-No questions, wh-questions, auxiliary verbs, relative clauses, raising and control predicates, ellipsis. We will also begin to ask questions about semantics and the architecture of the grammar.


Course Requirements

  • Assignments: There are two types of assignments: homework and quizzes. Both types are due at the beginning of the class period (10:50 AM) on the due date. Late work is accepted but will only get 50% credit.

    • Homework: may be turned in either as a .pdf or .doc to the Canvas dropbox or as a paper copy. Homework typically involves extended thinking problem sets and tree-drawing.
    • Quizzes: are conducted through the Canvas site. Quizzes are focused on details and facts from the reading up until that date. They are untimed, and you’re only allowed one submission.
  • Exams: There are two exams, a midterm and a final. These are done in class. Late exams are administered only in extenuating circumstances with appropriate documentation.
  • Participation: One of the key learning goals of the class is to demonstrate the ability to follow syntactic argumentation. This happens by engaging in classroom discussion with questions and answers. Argue. Challenge. Above all, engage. I will give a midterm participation grade and a final.
  • Readings: The assigned reading should be done before class.


  • Grading: See sidebar or Grade page to see weighted breakdown. The scale used to calculate final grades is as follows:
    95% and above = 4.0
    63-94% interpolated
    62% = 0.7
    61% or lower = 0.0
  • Conduct: Students must comply with the Student Code of Conduct. Don’t cheat or plagiarize.
  • Devices: Use what you need to stay engaged but don’t distract other students.
  • Special needs: Please contact Disabled Student Services, 448 Schmitz, 206-543-8924 if you have special needs or a disability that requires accommodation. Let me know if the slides or handouts are hard to read.


Catalog Description: 
Study of the structural properties of language; introduction to generative transformational syntax. Prerequisite: LING 461. Instructors: Aldridge, Citko, Zagona
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:06pm