LING406 - ARGUMENT STRUCTURE

This course explores the notion of argument in syntax and semantics. The theory of argument structure concerns how arguments are introduced syntactically, interpreted semantically, and marked morphologically. The study of argument structure plays a central role in linguistic theory in determining the division of labor between syntax, semantics, and the lexicon. The first part of this course introduces students to the structural analysis of argument structure, and to various theoretical issues of interest in its study, including thematic interpretation, event structure and event decomposition, and lexical aspect. During the remainder of the semester, the syntax, semantics, and morphology of argument structure phenomena are explored in a wide range of languages. Representative topics include causatives; statives and passives; unaccusatives and unergatives; resultatives; applicatives; nominalization.
Section 001 - LEC
TR 1030AM-1200PM
BIGGS, ALISON
3401 WALNUT STREET 300C