Winter 2019 - If you had Nico for 120B, I highly recommend taking her for this course as well. This continuity is extremely helpful, as some of my classmates had different 120B professors and weren't entirely familiar with the techniques, content, and teaching style of Nico. She is a great professor, but this course was challenging at times. Some of the technical explanations required on the homeworks and exams in this class were more difficult than those in 120B, because the deeper you delve into syntactic theory, the more blurred the line becomes between what's the "right" and "wrong" answer. I went to TA office hours weekly for help on the homework assignments, because there always seemed to be a few parts or subparts of a question that were difficult or worded vaguely. The midterm was fair (very similar to the homeworks), but the final was very difficult. When it comes to the homeworks and exams, grading-wise, it was somewhat harsher/stricter than in 120B.
Winter 2018 - This class is not at all easy but extremely rewarding if you're willing to put in the time and effort. There are weekly homework assignments that often consist of questions the field has not answered yet, so you have to make a claim and support your argument with facts. Time spent on weekly homework is in the 10-20 hour range if you want an A. Practically a necessity to collaborate with other students or go to office hours to ensure your analyses are reasonable. There is one midterm and one final. The midterm was a killer of dreams, but the final was slightly more manageable. If you find yourself struggling don't give up! The curve was generous. Professor Shutze literally knows everything there is to know when it comes to syntax. Go to office hours and ask questions. He can recite the year some theory was first introduced and who wrote the corresponding paper. Truly a remarkable man. His lectures can be a bit dry.