Welcome to the website for students in English 444/544 (Syntax) for Spring 2017.  Course materials and information needed for collaboration, course assignments and deadlines will be posted here.

Contact information:
Dr. Lynn Gordon
Office: Avery 347
Telephone: 5-2117/2-2591
E-mail Address: lynn.gordon@wsu.edu
Office Hours: W 3-5 and by appointment


  • Final Exam Questions

    Question: For the third question on the take home final, it says to explain why the EE version are grammatical and the PDE versions are not—however, there aren’t any PDE versions of the sentences. Does this mean that we need to make those versions up?

    ANSWER: I should have said that differently.  The question is why those sentences (as written) would be grammatical in EE, but ungrammatical in PDE.

    Question: For #1, is it enough to draw the tree with labeled constituents, and then make an argument based on the “rule of thumb” type rules about what kind of constituents take what kind of complements? I ask because there’s no rule or principles around those laid out specifically in the book (it’s more from your lectures that I’ve picked it up).

    ANSWER: Yes.

    QuestionFor #3, it seems to me like no tree is needed, as the grammar differences can be explained without one.  Is that ok, or would it be better to include trees?

    ANSWER: Trees aren’t required, but the answers will be clearer with trees.

    Posted May 2, 2017, 6:23 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Friday, 7 April 2017
    No recording today, but a detailed slideshow is posted on the Handouts and Notes page.
    Posted Apr 7, 2017, 5:50 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Extended Syntax Problem
    The extended syntax problem, which is due the same time as the take-home final (5pm on Wednesday of Finals Week), is now posted on the Handouts and Notes page and will be distributed in class on Wednesday, 5 April.
    Posted Apr 4, 2017, 3:15 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Answers to Quiz 4
    The answers to Quiz 4 are linked to the Handouts and Notes page.
    Posted Apr 1, 2017, 10:52 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Monday, 20 March 2017
    My apologies--I forgot to record today's class.  During class today, we
    Posted Mar 20, 2017, 4:40 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Answers to the Practice Exercises
    Posted Mar 18, 2017, 8:35 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Practice! Practice!
    In response to student demand (requests?  general horror?), I've created a set of practice exercises to review stuff up to this point.  They are available here as a docx and here as a pdf.  They are optional.  I'll post answers soon so you can see how you did if you like.

    Have a great break!
    Posted Mar 18, 2017, 8:34 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Wednesday, 1 March
    In response to student request, I've built a Powerpoint going over what we talked about in class today.  It doesn't use all the same examples, but it does use parallel examples.  I recommend looking about both the Powerpoint and the class recording for review.  
    Posted Mar 1, 2017, 7:59 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Wednesday, 22 February
    We should be having a The quiz on Wednesday on c-command, polarity items and Binding Theory has been rescheduled to Friday.

    Posted Feb 22, 2017, 7:42 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Week 6: No Recordings
    My apologies again--the glitch in the recording has recurred for the entire week.  Slide shows for the lectures are available on the Handouts and Notes page.
    Posted Feb 19, 2017, 11:58 PM by Lynn Gordon
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