UMass Sesquicentennial

752 Topics in Syntax (3 units)

Spring 2008


W 2:30 - 5:15 - Hasbrouck Lab Add 106


Lisa Green []

Rajesh Bhatt []


In this course, we will explore topics pertaining to the syntax and semantics of nominal modification. In its simplest form - restrictive modification of an NP by a full relative clause - we have a certain understanding of how things work though several important questions remain undecided. Starting from such cases, we will move on to other less well understood structures that involve modification such as correlatives, reduced relatives, and adjectives. We will examine the modifiers along two dimensions: their size, which seems to roughly correlative with the independence of their spatiotemporal variables, and how they combine with the NP they modify. Thus we will be interested in both their internal syntax and their external syntax.