Introduction to French Syntax

FRIT-F577 — Fall 2022

Laurent Dekydtspotter
BH 312
Days and Times
TR 11:30A - 12:45P
Course Description

F577 introduces students to issues in French syntax and to syntactic theory. The aim is to develop an understanding of syntactic categories, the principles governing syntactic representations and syntactic operations. The syntax of French is studied as an example of the product of a biological mechanism linking sound and meaning, under the Minimalist hypothesis that a simple core syntactic operation (Merge) makes human language what it is. Major syntactic differences between French and English will be examined and characterized in terms of those syntactic principles.

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