The aim of this course is to introduce students to two core aspects of German linguistics: the so-called Verb Second (Verbzweit) and “functional” verbs (modals and auxiliaries).
After giving a broad outline of the descriptive approach known as Felderanalyse, the course will be devoted to a formal account of Verb Second and functional verbs along the lines of the Generative framework. Bibliography
Grewendorf Günther, Aspekte der deutschen Syntax. Eine Rektions-Bindungs-Analyse, Tübingen: Narr, 1988. (selected chapters)
Grewendorf Günther, Minimalistische Syntax, UTB Francke, 2002 (selected chapters)
Students will be provided with further literature during the course.
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