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Cursus: TLRMV19114
TLRMV19114
Language Contact, Variation and Change: Comparing Language Systems
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CursuscodeTLRMV19114
Studiepunten (ECTS)5
Categorie / NiveauM (Master)
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
VoertaalEngels
Aangeboden doorFaculteit Geesteswetenschappen; Utrecht Graduate School of Humanities; Domein Talen, Literatuur en Communicatie RMA;
Contactpersoonprof. dr. N.F.M. Corver
Telefoon+31 30 2538240
E-mailN.F.M.Corver@uu.nl
Docenten
Docent
prof. dr. N.F.M. Corver
Feedback en bereikbaarheid
Overige cursussen docent
Contactpersoon van de cursus
prof. dr. N.F.M. Corver
Overige cursussen docent
Blok
3  (07-02-2022 t/m 08-04-2022)
Aanvangsblok
3
TimeslotC: C (MA-mid/namiddag,DI-middag, DO-ocht)
Onderwijsvorm
Voltijd
OpmerkingCourse with priority rules. Register before 12 noon on November 15, 2021!
Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 01-11-2021 t/m 28-11-2021
AanmeldingsprocedureOsiris
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
VoorinschrijvingNee
Na-inschrijvingJa
WachtlijstNee
Plaatsingsprocedure(Sub)school
Cursusdoelen
In this course, students will (i) acquire an understanding of theories on language variation and change (Principles and Parameters-theory/Minimalist Program/(generative-)linguistic typology), (ii) develop the tools to identify and analyze data sets displaying syntactic diversity, (iii) develop the ability to work with large digital linguistic data corpora, (iv) develop the ability to critically evaluate existing analyses, to generate own hypotheses and to provide empirical and theoretical contributions to the study of syntactic diversity.
Inhoud
Linguistic variation, just like linguistic sameness (universality), is a core property of human language. The focus of this course is on the design of (morpho)syntactic diversity. What makes an investigation of the variant part of human language challenging are the strong indications that grammatical variation is non-arbitrary, bounded and predictable. Thus, there is a system (a design) behind syntactic variation. In this course, you will learn about this design of linguistic variation and change by addressing questions such as: (i) Which (morpho)syntactic properties display variation and change? (ii) Which parts of the grammar are open to variation and change? (iii) How do variant properties within one and the same language interact and correlate with each other? (iv) To what extent can variation and change be captured in terms of the Interface levels (with  e.g. semantics, pragmatics, affect, phonology, sociolinguistics)? We will investigate the design of syntactic variation and change by comparing language systems at a micro-comparative scale (micro-differences among language systems that are extremely closely related) and at a macro-comparative scale (differences among language systems that are genetically or typologically less closely related/unrelated). We will do this by examining (morpho-)syntactic phenomena that have been studied in generative syntactic theory and in more 'conventional' historical/typological/dialectological studies, like agreement, case, movement and ellipsis.
 
Aanvullende informatie
Priority rules apply to this course. Make sure you register for this course before 15 November 12.00 (noon) 2021 to be considered for enrolment.
Competenties
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Ingangseisen
Je moet voldoen aan de volgende eisen
  • Alle onderstaande cursussen zijn behaald
    • Mastercursussen Geesteswetenschappen (200501100)
Verplicht materiaal
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Aanbevolen materiaal
Artikelen
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Werkvormen
Hoor/werkcollege

Algemeen
Weekly lectures, practical work/workgroups, presentations and discussions.

Voorbereiding bijeenkomsten
1) reading literature; (2) active participation; (3) analysis of data sets

Bijdrage aan groepswerk
Active participation

Toetsen
Paper
Weging75
Minimum cijfer-

Referaat
Weging25
Minimum cijfer-

Beoordeling
1) understanding and evaluation of literature; (2) quality of linguistic data analysis; (3) quality of the use of research methods

Deadlines
Paper: end of week 8

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