3 Links for Second Year Syntax Video Lectures
YouTube videos from Caroline Heycock, Jeffrey Punske and Remi van Trij
Today’s 3 links are for second year syntax, a frequently-requested topic:
YouTube video series
11 videos ranging from 6 to 30 minutes, in a playlist that works best when watched in order. The class numbers (generally) follow the chapter numbers of the free online textbook Syntax of Natural Language (Santorini & Kroch), including topics on constituency, recursion, constituency tests, the X-bar schema, sentence structure, noun phrases, the DP hypothesis, and Wh- interrogatives. Professionally-filmed videos of Caroline Heycock with animated examples illustrated on screen. Closed captions available.
YouTube video series
A review of first half of Jeffrey Punske’s Intro to Syntax at Southern Illinois University (video lengths 24-43 minutes). Course based primarily on Syntax: A Generative Introduction (3rd Edn. Andrew Carnie. Wiley), and topics so far include Binding Theory, Knowledge of Language, Phrase Structure Grammars, X'-Theory. Close captions appear to be generated by YouTube but function well. Jeffery sits in his office writing examples on a handheld blackboard. Further videos (e.g. theta theory) are actively being posted as the class is currently ongoing and has just moved online.
This 11 minute video introduces four basic criteria to determine how closely an analysis follows the original tenets of Construction Grammar, or how much constructional thinking has evolved. Has a transcript, it’s hard to see captions on the white background but you can open the transcript by clicking on the ellipsis (...) button. This video has background music and an animated Remi to talk you through the animated examples on screen. Further videos on this channel include a 3-minute Introduction to Constructions (Fillmore), and 13-17 min videos on Beyond the Saussurean Sign and Innovating One's Way out of Lexicalism
If you want to provide some introductory scaffolding: The Ling Space have a variety of videos introducing first and second year morphosyntax concepts. Includes transcripts and supplementary material: https://www.thelingspace.com/morphosyntax-episodes
A distraction: Here's our most deeply nerdy syntax joke:
A maximal projection walks into a v bar and asks for a little vP. The bartender says, “That’s not your usual selection.”
To which the maximal projection replies, “Yeah, must be a phase.”
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