Introduction of the Course – What is linguistics? What is Language? – Language and Arbitrariness, Language and Dialect – E vs I Language, Language as a rule governed system – Language Faculty, Language in Human Mind – How do we learn language? – Language Acquisition – Innateness: Some Essential Concepts – Structure of Language at the Level of Sounds – Sounds (Vocal Apparatus) – Places and Manners of Articulation – Word Formation/Phonotactic Rules – Rules of Word Formation (Singular-Plural) – Sentence: An Introduction – Making of a Sentence (Components) – Grammaticality and Acceptability – Subject and Verb in a Sentence – Sentence: Objects and Verbs – Phrase Structure – X-Bar Theory
Specifier and Complement – Complements and Adjuncts – VP Components – Categorial Selections, Selectional Restrictions on verbs – Thematic Relations – Case – Morphological and Abstract Case – Structural Case – Exceptional Case Marking – Movement – Motivations for Movement – Guest Lecture: Generative Grammar by Professor B. N. Patnaik -Questions and Movement – Passives and NP Movement – NP Movement and Raising – Principles of Binding Theory – Binding Theory and NP Interpretations – Constraints on Movements – Structure of Language and Negation – Negation and Negative Polarity Items – Structure, Language, Cognition and Pragmatics
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