How do we know what questions we can ask? What keeps us from moving words around into whatever order we want? In this week’s episode, we talk about syntactic islands: what they are, what rules can allow us to move some words across long distances in a sentence and not others, and what evidence we have from different languages to back these rules up.
Back to talking about syntax this week! We’re looking forward to hearing what people have to say.
Hey hey, new ep! And this one comes with a CONTEST:
Be the first to guess where our ~mysteriously missing~ figurine of Kanji Tatsumi, which has been in every episode ever, has gone traveling to, and you’ll win a Ling Space mug of your choosing! For srs guys, this isn’t an April Fool’s prank. ^_^
There are clues here and there, so get guessing!
How does a sentence’s structure change when you swap one word for another? How can we know what those changes are? In this week’s episode, we talk about raising and control verbs: what they are, how we can tell that they’re different, and what they can tell us about how syntax works.
This is a fun topic – there’s so much there once you start looking at it! Looking forward to hearing what people have to say. ^_^
Reblog for the day crew! ^_^
New episode is up! It’s syntax time!
Syntax is one of these things which is both super neat and important to linguistics, and not the most intuitive for a lot of people! We try to explain one of the key aspects of it in our most recent video. Fun stuff!
thelingspace:“What elements move around when we make our sentences? Is it the same in all languages? In this week’s episode, we look at syntactic movement: how we know that words move around, what…
Syntactic Movement and Traces
What lies beneath the sentences that we say and hear? How do we know which words go together? In The Ling Space this week, we talk about syntax: why we need it, and the trees that structure our words into meaningful phrases, using X’ theory.
Hope you all enjoy the video! And if you want even more on syntax, and the extra material on our website isn’t enough, we really recommend the recent series on various approaches to drawing trees on All Things Linguistic.
Looking forward to hearing what you think!
Reblarg! I got a lot out of this episode, personally, because Syntax was really not my forte at school (I was more of a Phonology/Acquisition/Psycholinguistics person). But I like the way Moti explains it! I feel like I understand the basics a bit better now. Go Moti!