General Linguistics (p) (2009/2010)

Course code
4S01263
Name of lecturer
Chiara Melloni
Coordinator
Chiara Melloni
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Other available courses
Academic sector
L-LIN/01 - HISTORICAL AND GENERAL LINGUISTICS
Language of instruction
Italian
Period
II semestre dal Feb 22, 2010 al Jun 5, 2010.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to provide an empirical and theoretical analysis of several linguistic phenomena centred on the notion of argument structure and crucial for the comprehension of the lexicon-syntax interface.

Syllabus

Prerequisites: Having attended the course of “Introduzione allo studio del linguaggio”.

Programme: "Argument structure in morphosyntax and semantics"
This course, which will be entirely held in English, is aimed at presenting and exploring various theoretical and empirical issues, such as thematic hierarchies, proto-roles, unaccusativity, syntactic alternations, nominalizations, argument and event structure. These topics highlight the lexicon / mopho-syntax / semantics interface, hence offering a privileged point of view for the comprehension of the interaction modes among distinct dimensions of language.
This course is thus especially addressed to students already mastering some fundamentals of formal linguistics.

Bibliography:
• Dowty, D. (1991) "Thematic proto-roles and argument selection". Language 67, 547-619.
Lettura parziale di:
• Grimshaw, J. (1990). Argument structure. Cambridge: MIT Press.
• Levin, B. (1993) English verb classes and alternations: a preliminary investigation, University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
• Parsons, T. (1990). Events in the semantics of English. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Teaching methods: Lectures

Assessment methods and criteria

Written test (multiple choice and open-ended questions) followed by oral examination.