Argument Structure and Syntax OpenCourseWare: A Free MIT Graduate Study Course on the Study of Lexical Argument Structure

Published Jan 27, 2009

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'Argument Structure and Syntax' is a free OpenCourseWare offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that studies the chief quandaries of argument formation. Students also explore syntactic arrangement as it pertains to the words or vocabulary of a language. This course allows doctoral students in Linguistics to examine argument and syntactic structure of several different languages.

Argument Structure and Syntax: Course Specifics

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Argument Structure and Syntax: Course Description

This course will scrutinize the difference between arguments and adjuncts and the distinction between external and internal arguments. Professor Alec Marantz and Professor Shigeru Miyagawa break down the typology of direct and indirect Japanese passives. Students will also learn the construction of distransitive verbs in the Japanese language because it pertains to argument structure. The study of lexical argument structure in this course includes linguistics types, such as Japanese, English, Walpiri and Navajo. Furthermore, this class will look at double object construction and how it effects argument structure. Some students will be asked to make presentations at the end of each lecture. 'Argument Structure and Syntax' is presented in lecture format.

Lecture notes, suggested reading and assignments are available online for free for this course. If you are interested in this free course, visit the Linguistics and Argument Structure and syntax course page.

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