09610LING500300, Syntax I, Fall 2007
Graduate Institute of Linguistics, National Tsing Hua University


General information

Instructor: T.-H. Jonah Lin

Time & location: Thur 10:00 am ˇV 1:00 pm; C519

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

E-mail: jonahlin@mx.nthu.edu.tw

Teaching material 

1. Handouts, which will be distributed in class.

2. Introduction to Government and Binding Theory, L. Haegeman. 2nd edition. Blackwell, 1994.
*** The contents of this book will be in the midterm and the final.


1. Class attendance: 20%.

2. Midterm: 40%.

3. Final: 40%

* The score of the summer assignment exam will be incorporated into the overall score of the semester.

Course schedule

I. Introduction
1. Scientific theory and linguistic theory
2. Knowledge of language and the language faculty
3. Some facts concerning English and Mandarin Chinese
4. UG and the architecture of grammar

II. Phrase structure
1. Words and categories
2. Phrase structure rules and English phrase structure
3. Subcategorization, selectional restriction, and lexical insertion
4. Chinese phrase structure
5. Tense and inflection
6. X' theory
7. Subject and VP-Internal Subject Hypothesis
8. Light verb v and other functional categories
9. The theory of bare phrase structure

III. Transformation
1. Transformation in human language: movement, deletion, and beyond
2. Transformational rules and the expressive power of rules
3. Transformation and meaning
4. Structure preservation
5. Conditions on transformations: A-over-A, island constraints, and Subjacency
6. Types of movement: A-movement, A'-movement, and head movement
7. Locality, minimality, and Relativized Minimality
8. Transformation and its conditions in Mandarin Chinese
9. Movement of empty operator

IV. Driving movement (I)
1. Optional movement and obligatory movement
2. Case: the ˇ§classicalˇ¨ theory
3. Checking of Case feature
4. Theta-roles and predication
5. The ECM construction
6. Control and raising
7. The EPP
8. Application of Case theory in Mandarin Chinese

V. Driving movement (II)
1. Scope and ˇ§logical formˇ¨
2. Logical Form (LF) in generative grammar
3. Quantifier Raising (QR) and Quantifier Lowering (QL)
4. LF movement of wh-phrases

VI. Further problems on LF
1. The complement/non-complement asymmetry and the superiority effects
2. The Empty Category Principle (ECP)
3. The CED, island effects in LF, and unselective binding
4. The binding theory
5. Binding of wh-traces and reconstruction
6. Strong crossover, and weak crossover
7. Binding of wh-phrases in Mandarin Chinese
8. Parasitic gap
9. More on QR
10: The Antecedent-Contained Deletion (ACD)
11. QR, parallelism, and economy