Advanced issues in cognitive science and linguistics (5cr)


Master courses
Mandatory Linguistics courses
Start / End: 
27-02-2018 to 17-05-2018
Gallego: February 27, March 6, 13, 20 and 27 (Tues. 10:00 – 13:00) Hornstein: May 14, 15 and 17 (09:30 – 13:30)
UAB, Facultat de Lletres, room 209 (Gallego) and Sala de Graus (Hornstein)

To provide the background questions that led to the advent of the Minimalist Program.

To reflect on the basic operations and properties of the Faculty of Language from the point of view of Minimalism.

Structure and Contents: 
1. The Point of the Minimalist Program
2. The Merge Hypothesis 
3. The extended Merge Hypothesis 
4. Rethinking Merge 
5. Problems and topics for further research. 

Lectures, readings, and discussion.


A short essay (up to 12 pages) on a topic of the course. Class participation will also be taken into account. 


Boeckx, C., N. Hornstein, and J. Nunes. 2010. Control as Movement. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge.

Chomsky, N. 1993. “A Minimalist Program for Linguistic Theory”. In K. Hale and S. J. Keyser (eds.), The View from Building 20: Essays in Linguistics in Honor of Sylvain Bromberger, 1-52. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Chomsky, N. 1995. The Minimalist Program. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Chomsky, N. 2004. “Beyond Explanatory Adequacy”. In A. Belletti (ed.), Structures and Beyond. The Cartography of Syntactic Structures vol. 3, 104-131. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Chomsky, N. 2005. “Three Factors in Language Design”. Linguistic Inquiry 36.1.: 1-22

Chomsky, N. 2007. “Approaching UG from Below”. In U. Sauerland and H.-M. Gärtner (eds.), Interfaces + Recursion = Language?, 1-30. Berlin: De Gruyter.

Chomsky, N. 2008. “On Phases”. In R. Freidin, C. P. Otero, and M.L. Zubizarreta (eds.), Foundational Issues in Linguistic Theory. Essays in Honor of Jean-Roger Vergnaud, 134-166. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Chomsky, N. 2013. “Problems of Projection”. Lingua 130: 33-49.

Chomsky, N. 2014. “Minimal Recursion: Exploring the Prospects”. In T. Roeper and M. Speas (eds.), Recursion: Complexity in Cognition, 1-15. Berlin: Springer.

Chomsky, N. 2015. “Problems of Projection: Extensions”. In E. Di Domenico, C. Hamann, and S. Matteini (eds.), Structures, Strategies and Beyond, 1-16. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Hornstein, N. 2001. Move! A Minimalist Theory of Construal. Blackwell, Cambridge: OUP.

Hornstein, N. 2009. A Theory of Syntax. Minimal Operations and Universal Grammar. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hornstein, N. 2007. “Pronouns in a minimalist setting”. In J. Nunes and N. Corver eds. The Copy Theory of Movement. John Benjamins: Amsterdam/Boston.

Hornstein, N. and J. Nunes. 2008. Adjunction, labeling, and bare phrase structure. Biolinguistics

Hornstein, N. and P. Pietroski. 2010. “Obligatory control and local reflexives: copies as vehicles for de se readings”. In Hornstein and Polinsky (eds), Movement Theory of Control, ,p. 67-88.

Hornstein, N. and M. Polinsky. 2010.  “Control as Movement: across languages and constructions.” In N. Hornstein and M. Polinsky (eds.), Movement Theory of Control, pp. 1-41. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.