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ITAL2109 - Issues in Italian Syntax

Value: 0.5 course units
Dr Vieri Samek-Lodovici
Teaching structure:
one unseen three-hour written examination (100%).

Module Description:

This module uses the methodology of current linguistic research to explore some of the most significant phenomena of Italian syntax. We shall review the basic concepts underlying syntactic representations (constituent structure, thematic valences, the theory of case assignment), and we shall use them to investigate the factors determining distinguishing aspects of the Italian language, such as the availability of null subjects, or the occurrence of subjects at the end of a clause, or the distribution of the auxiliaries essere and avere in transitive verbs. We shall not assemble a list of grammatical rules, but rather ask ourselves what kind of syntactic representations best explain these phenomena as well as their absence in a language like English.

Preparatory Reading and Set Texts:

Any necessary material in addition to the adopted textbook will be made available in Moodle.