24.902 Problem set #10
[DueWednesday, November 19]
Part 1: Overlapping Reference/Disjoint Reference
Let us imagine that Mary and John are a couple. Many people have the following
judgments when them/they refers to the couple:1
a. *Mary admires them.
Thus. a phrase like I don't know what in (2a) simply means something like 'I
PS #1: Sluicing, how languages vary, and what this teaches us [rev. 2]
don't know the identity of the inanimate object involved in this situation'. This
is possible simple becau
due Wednesday, October 8
Problem set #5 (24.902): Verbs and auxiliary verbs
Part I: Trees
Draw a tree for the sentence The student of linguistics must have lost his marbles.
Assume that must occupies T. Consider modal verbs an instance of I, label other a
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Problem set #2 (24.902): Complements vs. Modifiers
Part 1: Draw trees
Notice now that the (a) examples below are ambiguous between location and goal
readings for the in and on phrases, but the (b) examples have only the goal reading:
24.902 Problem set #4
(due: Wednesday, October 1)
1. Passive sentences in English and Japanese
Question 1: First, remind yourself (perhaps by reading the class summary posted on the
web) what "numeral stranding" told us about scrambling in Japanese. T
Things to know for the final exam (24.902)
Disclaimer: This list is representative, but not necessarily exhaustive.
[ Lec # 2 - 3 ]
1.Principles vs. parameters, Innate vs. learned.
2.Basic arguments for the existence of phrases and movement
b. I want someone to talk to me.
Syntax: day 1
Can he and Tom corefer?
a. Tom thinks he's gonna win the lottery.
b. He thinks Tom is gonna win the lottery.
What about he and who?
a. Who thinks he's gonna win the lottery?
b. Who does he think's g
24.902 Homework #5: Case
Explain, referring specifically to principles of case assignment, how each NP in the following
sentences does or does not get assigned case. This means, for NPs that are OK, name the case
assigner and draw a tree or relevant tree
24.902 Problem set
This is a straightforward exercise. If you've followed the material this week, it should be easy to do,
freeing some time up for thinking about your squib.
For each sentence below:
A. Draw a tree. Though each sentence is bad, the
24.902 Homework #8
Part 1: Oh no, not again!
Using everything you know about the topic from class and problem sets, explain the following contrast.
(1 ) a. *Kodomo-ga [kono kagi]-de 2-ri doa-o
child-NOM this key-by
'Two children opened the d
Here are some of the ingredients of the story at the moment. I introduce the term
Binding Domain and elaborate slightly on the last point we covered in class, which
was the following:
a. Maryi considers [Billj to admire okhimselfj / *herselfi too much
24.902 Homework #7
(due: Wednesday, October 29)
A set of smallish, unconnected problems concerning control vs. ECM and Raising. Warning: the
last question asks you to draw a big tree.
Part 1: Subject control vs. Raising
Part 4: Reflexive anaphors
As you m
24.902 Homework #3: Trees
(due: Wednesday, September 24)
Start by assuming that the following rules describe the basic phrase structures of English.
(The rule numbers are for your convenience only, and do not imply that the rules apply in
a particular ord