As you may have noticed (at least one reader did!) I haven’t been posting lately. The main reason for this is that I’ve been exceedingly busy writing my BA thesis. Yesterday, I presented my analysis to the grammar theory colloquium at the Institute for Linguistics. The curious amongst you can take a look at the presentation slides (PDF), which I’ve even edited slightly to correct mistakes I noticed during the presentation.
Be warned: without being familiar with modern linguistic theory you probably won’t find most of this stuff interesting, or even intelligible. I might find the time some time soon to write a post that explains what I’m working on without requiring prior knowledge, but since that technically doesn’t count as working on my thesis, it may have to wait until after the deadline (December 20th).
If you can’t wait, you can use the Internet to educate yourself on some of the background. I’ve collected a few Wikipedia links that may be helfpul, but you may well have to conduct some independent research as well:
- The most basic background: sentence structure as a constituency-oriented phrase structure tree.
- Very important basic concept: grammatical Case
- The kind of phrase structure grammar I assume is a flavor of Minimalist Bare Phrase Structure
- A central concept in modern syntactic theory: Movement
- The overarching framework I use: Optimality theory