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/lx454s18/schedule/. Homework will generally be handed out on Wednesdays and be due on Wednesdays, at least initially. Homework 1 will be due Wednesday January 31. Work on the project will occupy the second half of the semester.

M W F Topic Notes Reading Homework
1/19 Development of syntax

Pres Hndt

22 24 26 Root infinitives

Parameters: Pres Hndt
NRFs: Pres Hndt
ATOM: Pres Hndt

Guasti (2002, ch. 4)

Due 1/31: HW 1

29 31 2/2 Null subjects

OT/French handout
Null subjects: Pres Hndt
Null subjects 2: Pres Hndt

Guasti (2002, ch. 5), Hyams (2011)

Due 2/7: HW 2

5 7 9 Binding

Binding: Pres Hndt
L2A: Pres Hndt
Initial state: Pres Hndt

Chien & Wexler (1990), Kanno (1996)

Due 2/14: HW 3

12 14 16 Second language acquisition

L2 Parameters: Pres Hndt
L2 Definiteness Effect: Pres Hndt

MacLaughlin (1998)

Due 2/21: CHILDES lab data

20 21 23 Experimental methods

L2 Morphology: Pres Hndt
Passives: Pres Hndt

Snyder (2007)

Due 3/2: CHILDES lab write-up

26 28 3/2 Statistics

Due 3/14: Project proposal

5 7 9 Spring recess
12 14 16 Wh-movement Guasti (2002, ch. 6)

19 21 23 Binding Guasti (2002, ch. 8)

Due 3/23: Design

26 28 30 Pragmatics Schaeffer et al. (2002)

4/2 4 6 Passives, raising Guasti (2002, ch. 7)

Due 4/6: Data overview

9 11 13 Code switching, attrition MacSwan (2013), Sorace (2000)

Due 4/13: Analysis

18 20 Specific language impairment Guasti (2002, ch. 11)

Due 4/20: Paper draft

23 25 27 Presentations

30 5/2 Presentations, wrap-up

Due 5/2: Project paper