This is the current view of how the semester will proceed, but the schedule will be adjusted from time to time. Do not rely on the printed copy; the truth is here: http://ling-blogs.bu.edu/lx422s18/schedule/. Homework will generally be handed out on Fridays and be due on Fridays. Homework 1 will be due Friday February 2.

Week of Topic Notes Reading Homework
1/19 Course overview

handout

1/22 Economy in syntax, historical context

video (handout)

2

HW 1

1/29 Features, agreement

Agreement: video (handout)
(Constituency,) Merge: video (handout v1.1)

2, 3

HW 2
v1.2

2/5 Theta roles, binding

Theta roles: video (you know, just watch the old one) (handout)
(You can watch the old video if you translate N to D)
Binding: video (handout)

3, 4, 5

HW 3

2/12 Verb movement, parameters, Agree

UTAH: video (handout)
Agree: video (handout)

5

HW 4
v1.1

2/20 Case "Monday" on Tuesday 6
2/26 Passives, ECM Midterm on 3/2 6, 8

Spring recess
3/12 Little v, incorporation, applicatives 4

HW 5

3/19 Binding theory, diagnosing structure 4

HW 6

3/26 Genitive constructions, ergative languages 7

HW 7

4/2 Wh-movement, phases, successive cyclicity 9, 10

HW 8

4/9 Relative clauses, island constraints 10

HW 9

4/18 Covert movment, QR, semantics No class Monday notes

HW 10

4/23 Imperatives, topicalization, focus

4/30 Review Semester ends Wednesday