Welcome to the website for students in English 444/544 (Syntax) for Spring 2016.  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 Question
    Q: How does one determine if the P has an Edge Feature?
    A: If the complement of the P can be moved without the P, then the P must have an EF.
    Posted Apr 30, 2016, 11:37 AM by Lynn Gordon
  • Final Exam
    The final exam is linked to the Handouts and Notes page.
    Posted Apr 27, 2016, 4:08 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Chapter 5 Slides
    Slides for Chapter 5 are linked on the Handouts and Notes page.
    Posted Apr 27, 2016, 4:08 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Extended Syntax Problem
    for English 544 and due by 5 pm on Wednesday, 4 May 2016 is available here.
    Posted Apr 18, 2016, 8:39 AM by Lynn Gordon
  • Homework: Exercise 4.2
    Exercise 4.2 will be accepted up until Friday, 15 April.
    Posted Apr 12, 2016, 9:26 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Answer to Quiz 5
    Posted Apr 11, 2016, 6:12 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Sample Question for Quiz 5 (Scheduled for Monday, 11 April)

    The string Say you so?  is a grammatical yes-no question in Elizabethan English (Early Modern English), but ungrammatical in Present Day English.  Explain the difference in grammaticality.  In order to answer this question, you will need to show derivations in the two rule systems (one which generates the string and one which doesn't) and then pinpoint the place in the two different derivations where PDE fails to provide the machinery to generate the string, while demonstrating the EModE does generate the sentence.

    Posted Apr 8, 2016, 7:05 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Homework Assignment
    Exercise 4.1: Be prepared to start discussing it on Friday, 1 April, and to turn it on Monday, 4 April.
    Posted Mar 28, 2016, 10:29 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • On-Line Quiz Updated
    The on-line version of quiz 4 is now available as a docx file and as a pdf file.  

    Posted Mar 28, 2016, 11:06 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • On-Line Quiz and Answers to Quiz 4 Redo
    There will be an on-line quiz posted this weekend to be turned into the class dropbox.  This quiz will have the same structure as the previous two quizzes.

    The answers to the quiz 4 redo are available here.
    Posted Mar 25, 2016, 9:47 PM by Lynn Gordon
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