Introduction to syntax

This course is part of the programme
Cognitive science of language Third Level

Objectives and competences

The course provides an overview of the linguistic theory in the domain of syntax. For students with a necessary background, the course serves to systematize their knowledge, for all others the course aims to establish a necessary level of knowledge in syntactic theory.

• Ability to do independent research in syntactic theory
• Ability to identify interesting and theoretically significant problems in syntax


A completed course at the level of the course “Introduction to Syntax” at the II. Degree Linguistics program at UNG.


In this course the students will learn the fundamentals of syntactic theory, including:
• Case theory
• Binding theory
• Movement theory
• The syntax of noun phrase
• Wh-movement
• Quantifier raising
• Interclausal syntax

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:
• Knowledge of fundamentals of generative grammar including case theory, binding theory and theory of movement
• Understanding the differences in manifestation of the universal grammatical principles in a concrete language or language family


• David Adger. 2003. Core Syntax. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
• Norbert Hornstein, Jairo Nunes in Kleanthes K. Grohmann. 2005. Understanding Minimalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
• Andrew Radford. 2004. Minimalist Syntax: Exploring the structure of English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
• Mark Baltin in Chris Collins (ur.). 2003. The Handbook of Contemporary Syntactic Theory. Oxford: Blackwell.


Homework assignments and final term paper (50% / 50%).

Lecturer's references

Associate professor of Linguistics at the University of Gorica.


  1. ALMOAMMER, Alhanouf, SULLIVAN, Jessica, DONLAN, Chris, MARUŠIČ, Franc, ŽAUCER, Rok, O'DONNELL, Timothy, BARNER, David. 2013. Grammatical morphology as a source of early number word meanings. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, ISSN 0027-8424, vol. 110, no. 46, str. 18448-18453.
  2. MARUŠIČ, Franc, ŽAUCER, Rok. 2013. A note on sluicing and island repair. V: FRANKS, Steven (ur.). Annual Workshop on Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics : the Third Indiana Meeting 2012, (Michigan Slavic Materials, vol. 59). Ann Arbor: Michigan Slavic Publications, str. 176-189.
  3. MARUŠIČ, Franc, NEVINS, Andrew. 2010. Two types of neuter : closest-conjunct agreement in the presence of '5 and ups'. V: BROWNE, Wayles (ur.). Annual Workshop on Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics, The Second Cornell Meeting 2009, (Michigan Slavic Materials, vol. 56). Ann Arbor: Michigan Slavic Publications, str. 301-317.
  4. MARUŠIČ, Franc, ŽAUCER, Rok. 2010. Clitic doubling in a determinerless language with second position clitics. V: ZYBATOW, Gerhild (ur.). Formal studies in slavic linguistics : proceedings of Formal Description of Slavic Languages 7.5, (Linguistik international, ISSN 1436-6150, Bd. 25). Frankfurt am Main: P. Lang, str. 101-115.
  5. MARUŠIČ, Franc, ŽAUCER, Rok. 2014. A definite article in the AP : evidence from colloquial Slovenian. V: SCHÜRCKS, Lilia (ur.). The nominal structure in Slavic and beyond, (Studies in generative grammar, ISSN 0167-4331, 116). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, str. 183-208.