Introduction to Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition
This course introduces students to generative approaches to second language acquisition (i.e., studies of second language learner’s grammatical knowledge based on formal linguistics). The focus will be Japanese learners' acquisition of English grammar, including the forms and meanings of words and phrases, in the framework of the Minimalist Program and Distributed Morphology. The course begins by highlighting the purposes of second language acquisition research and the relevance of formal linguistics to modeling learner grammar analyzing observable data. While learning to use the tree diagrams to analyze English sentences produced / accepted by native speakers and second language learners, students will study the components of words and sentences, such as lexical and functional categories in phrase structures, roots and categories of each word, and the linking between forms and meanings.