Advanced issues in cognitive science and linguistics (5cr)


Master courses
Mandatory Linguistics courses
Start / End: 
06/03/17 to 05/05/17
Mateu: March 6, 13, 20, 27 & April 3:15.30 -18.30. Jackendoff: May 2, 3, 4, 5: 9.30 -12.30
J. Mateu: room 204 (Facultat Filosofia i Lletres, UAB); R.Jackendoff:Sala de Graus (Fac. Economia i Empresa, UAB)

  To provide different current perspectives on the architecture of the language faculty and the status of linguistics in cognitive science.

To analyze the relation between syntax and semantics with special emphasis on the structure of the meaning of words and its relation to syntax.

To analyse the role of morphology within the Parallel Architecture. 

Structure and Contents: 


PART I (Prof. Jaume Mateu). 

Issues in the lexicon-syntax interface. Lexicalization patterns: Parametric vs. non-parametric approaches. Projectionist and constructional perspectives on argument structure. The case of resultatives: The projectionist approach, the syntactic approach, and the constructional approach. 


PART II (Prof. Ray Jackendoff)

Foundations of Linguistic Theory; Linguistics in Cognitive Science. The Parallel Architecture, Conceptual Semantics, and Simpler Syntax. Grammatical complexity and the evolution of the language faculty. Morphology and the structure of the lexicon.


Lectures, readings, and discussion.


A short essay (up to 7 pages) on a topic of the course. Class participation will also be taken into account. 



*Compulsory readings


Acedo-Matellán, V. (2016). The Morphosyntax of Transitions. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Acedo-Matellán, V. & J. Mateu (2015). “Parameters and argument structure I: motion predicates and resultatives". In A. Fábregas, J. Mateu and M. Putnam (eds.).  Contemporary Linguistic Parameters. 99-122. New York: Bloomsbury.

*Ackema, P. (2014). “The syntax-lexicon interface”. In A. Carnie et al. (eds.). The Routledge Handbook of Syntax. 322-344. New York: Routledge.

Goldberg, A. (1995). Constructions. A Construction Grammar Approach to Argument Structure. Chicago & London: The University of Chicago Press. 

Goldberg, A. (2013). “Argument Structure Constructions vs. Lexical Rules or Derivational Verb Templates”. Mind and Language 28 (4). 435-450. Downloadable at: 

*Goldberg, A. & R. Jackendoff (2004). “The English Resultative as a Family of Constructions.” Language 80:3: 532-568. Downloadable at:

Hale, K. & S. J. Keyser (2002). Prolegomenon to a theory of argument structure. Cambridge. MA: MIT Press.

Jackendoff, R. (1990). Semantic Structures. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Jackendoff, R. (1997). "Twistin' the night away". Language 73.3: 534-559.

Levin, B. & M. Rappaport Hovav (2005). Argument realization. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

*Levin, B. & M. Rappaport Hovav (2016). “Lexicalization patterns”. In R. Truswell (ed.). Oxford Handbook of Event Structure. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Downloadable at  

Ramchand, G. (2008). Verb meaning and the lexicon. A first phase syntax. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Rappaport Hovav, M. & B. Levin (2001). “An event structure account of English resultatives”. Language 77: 766-797. 

Snyder, W. (2012) “Parameter Theory and Motion Predicates”. In V. Demonte and L. McNally (eds.). Telicity, Change, and State: A Cross-Categorial View of Event Structure. 279-299. Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press. 

Talmy, L. (2000). “A Typology of Event Integration”. In id. Toward a cognitive semantics. Vol. II: Typology and process in concept structuring. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Downloadable at

Wechsler, S. (2015). Word Meaning and Syntax: Approaches to the Interface. Oxford: Oxford University Press.  



Reading should include material that is checked off.  Where there are particular parts that are important, I’ve marked them with double brackets.

Booij, G. (2010). Construction morphology. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press

Culicover, P. & R. Jackendoff. (2005). Simpler Syntax. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Culicover, P. W. & R. Jackendoff. (2006). “The Simpler Syntax Hypothesis”. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 10.9: 413-418. Downloadable at:

Jackendoff, R. (1990). Semantic Structures. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Jackendoff, R. (1997). The architecture of the language faculty. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.  [[chapters 3 and 7]]

Jackendoff, R. (1990). Semantic Structures. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Jackendoff, R. (2002). Foundations of language. Brain, meaning, grammar, evolution. Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press. [Sp. Translation. Fundamentos del lenguaje. Mente, significado, gramática y evolución. Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2011].

Jackendoff, R. (2003). “Précis of Foundations of language. Brain, meaning, grammar, evolution”. Behavioral and brain sciences 26: 651-707 (NB: ‘Open peer commentaries’ and Jackendoff’s response are included). 

Jackendoff, R. (2007). “Linguistics in cognitive science: the state of the art.” The Linguistic Review 24: 347-401. Downloadable at: 

Jackendoff, R. (2010). Meaning and the Lexicon: The Parallel Architecture 1975-2010. Oxford: Oxford University Press.  [[chapters 1, 3, 8, 13]]

Jackendoff, R. (2011). “What is the human language faculty? Two views”. Language 87.3: 586-624. Downloadable at: 

Jackendoff, R. (2012).  A User's Guide to Thought and Meaning. Oxford: Oxford University Press.  [[Part 1]]

Jackendoff, R. (2014). “Genesis of a theory of language: From thematic roles (source) to the Parallel Architecture (goal)”. Ms. Tufts University. Downloadable at: 

Jackendoff, R. (2015). “In Defense of Theory”. Cognitive Science: 1–28. Downloadable at: 

Jackendoff, R. & J. Audring (to appear). “Morphology in the Parallel Architecture”. In J. Audring and F. Masini (eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Morphological Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Downloadable at