Grant Goodall

Spring 2015 / UCSD

225: Topics in Syntax

Tue/Thu 9:00-10:50 / AP&M 4218

Experimental Syntax:

Grammatical and processing factors in sentence acceptability

 

Course goals

The major goals of this course are to:

·        critically assess the role of acceptability judgments in syntactic research

·        learn how to design and run acceptability experiments from start to finish

·        understand current thinking and debate on the roles of grammar and processing in acceptability

·        take the first steps towards a research project in this area

 

Tentative schedule

  Week      Topic                                                                                     Reading/assignment

1

Introduction

What is acceptability?

Thursday: No class

Schütze (1996), ch. 2

Cowart (1997), ch. 1, 2

2

Doing an experiment: overall design, creating materials

Myers (2009a)

Cowart (1997), ch. 3, 9

3

Doing an experiment: response method


Cowart (1997), ch. 4, 5, 6

Sprouse (2011)

Weskott & Fanselow (2011)

Fukuda et al. (2012)

Schütze & Sprouse (2014)

Homework #1 (Thursday)

4

What do formal experiments get you?


Gibson & Fedorenko (2013)

Sprouse & Almeida (2013)

Gibson, Piantadosi, Fedorenko (2013)

Dillon et al. (2015) (abstract here)

5

Grammar and processing

Doing an experiment: reporting results

Thursday: No class

Homework #2 (Tuesday)

Hofmeister, Casasanto, Sag (2014)

Felser (2012)

Goodluck & Zweig (2013)

6

Where do islands come from?

Hofmeister & Sag (2010)

Phillips (2013)

Kluender & Kutas (1993)

Sprouse, Wagers, Phillips (2013)

7

More about grammar and processing

Goodall (2015)

Lewis & Phillips (2015)

Alexopoulou & Keller (2007)

Hofmeister et al. (2014)

Hofmeister et al. (2013)

8

Satiation

The right tool for the job: acceptability vs. other methods

 

 

Sprouse (2009)

Goodall (2011)

Sprouse, Fukuda, Ono & Kluender (2011)

Snyder (2000)

Michel (2014)

Homework #3 (Tuesday)

9

Student presentations

Thursday: No class

 

10

Student presentations

 

 

Grading

10% Homework #1

10% Homework #2

10% Homework #3

15% Participation

15% Presentation

40% Paper

 

Details

Homework #1: Factorial design for an experiment, creation of token sets.

Homework #2: List of stimuli using Latin Square design.

Homework #3: Statistical analysis of experimental results (descriptive statistics)

Homework #4: Statistical analysis of experimental results (inferential statistics)

Participation: You are expected to have read and thought about the readings, and to be prepared for class discussion.

Presentation: Oral presentation of proposed experiment

Paper: Written presentation/discussion of proposed experiment.