Syllabus, Syntax, Spring 2006

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Hsuan Chuang University


Instructor:     T.-H. Jonah Lin

Telephone:     (03) 571-5131, ext. 34402




(1)       Class participation: 20%

(2)       A research paper: 80%


Topics to be covered this semester

   Syntactic knowledge

   Constituent structure and structural ambiguity

   Phrase structure rules

   Phrase structure in English

   Subcategorization and selectional restriction

   Phrase structure in Mandarin Chinese

   Typological properties of Chinese sentences

   Words and compounds in Mandarin Chinese

   Transformation in English

   Transformation in Mandarin Chinese

   Subject and tense in English sentences

   Topic and subject in Chinese sentences

   Sentence structure in Mandarin Chinese

   Predicates and complements in Chinese sentences

   Aspects, modals, and adverbials

   The ba-construction

   The bei-construction