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ITAL2109 - Issues in Italian Syntax
Value: 0.5 course units
Tutor: Dr Vieri Samek-Lodovici
Assessment: one unseen three-hour written examination (100%).
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.