This course is part of the programme
Master's Degree Programme Humanities Studies

Objectives and competences

Introducing the analytical machinery
Familiarization with the basic literature
Introduction of case theory, movement theory, control theory etc.
Introduction the theory of principles-and-parameters
Introduction of the latest theoretical developments in the linguistic analysis


Introduction to Linguistics or Syntax (Ist level)


It is an introductory course in generative syntax, briefly discussing the short history of formal approaches to formal syntax, and devoting most of the time to modern approaches to the study of syntax, primarily within the Minimalist program. We will talk about some of the core syntactic topics, like the binding theory, case, wh-movement, theta theory, control, etc. and critically discuss various proposals. Material discussed in lectures also forms the main part of recitations, where more time and care is devoted to the main issues. Emphasis is given to practical knowledge and actual analysis of language data.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:
- Knowledge of current topics and problems in contemporary syntactic theory.
- Experience with working with non-native language data, also with speakers of a selected language.


Carnie, Andrew. 2012. Syntax: A generative introduction (Third edition). Wiley-Blackwell. Catalogue Catalogue


Active participation at the lectures
One or two homework assignments
Final examination

Lecturer's references

Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Nova Gorica.