The course aims to acquaint the students with some of the core principles in the morphology and syntax (and its interfaces with semantics) of natural languages, helping us understand grammar as part of the language faculty. The student learns how to apply these principles in analysing divers material from a range of languages (contrasting them with Dutch), using different empirical sources (among which corpora, databases, grammars, etc).
This course furthers your knowledge of grammatical theorizing, building on introductory linguistics courses. It focuses on methodological rigor, and addresses language variation from a typological perspective.
Morphological and syntactic research in the last decennia has convincingly proven that it is possible to explain language phenomena in a wide variety of languages with a limited set of abstract principles interacting in a way that one can describe as ‘unity in diversity’. Using Larson’s book, we will show how syntax (and morphology) provide on the one hand an instrument for the principles of scientific theorizing and scientific thought, while on the other hand show how one can apply these tools to address language variation, and can steer research in acquisition and psycholinguistics.
Lingua Receptiva (Luistertaal)
This course can be followed in Lingua Receptiva. This course is offered in English. The course is also open to students who only have a receptive understanding of this language (as lingua receptiva). If required, these students can participate in Dutch and take the exam and write assignments in that language. If you want to make use of lingua receptiva, please contact the teacher after enrolment. Please note: if you make use of lingua receptiva, this course will be registered as one of the elective modules of your programme. In this case, the course cannot count as a language-specific course within the major or minor part of your programme.
Voorkennis kan worden opgedaan met
|Familiarity with the fundamentals of modern linguistics and some skill in linguistic analysis|
Bronnen van zelfstudie
|An introduction to linguistics (like Toren van Babel, Inleiding Taalkunde (KI), From Language to Linguistics, Taal, mens en maatschappij (Nederlands) or similar introductions in other programmes.|
|V. Fromkin, R. Rodman & N. Hyams (2011), 'An Introduction to Language'. Wadsworth, Language Learning.||Verplicht materiaal|
|Grammar as Science; Richard K. Larson; ISBN: 9780262513036; Paperback; 456 pp; ©2009, MIT Press|
|Morphological Theory and the Morphology of English; Jan Don; ISBN-10: 0748645128; paperback; ©2014, Edinburgh University Press.|Werkvormen
AlgemeenThe homework assignments are discussed, individual questions are answered; there is room to practice topics addressed in the Monday lecture. This is also the time slot in which students present their work as part of their grammar assignment,and there might be guest lectures.
AlgemeenThe seminar slot is used to instruct you on methods used in theoretical linguistics: (i) modelling, (ii) using corpora, (iii) using databases, (i) using questionnaires/surveys and triggering acceptability judgments. During the seminar students will practice using databases, corpora, making use of their own notebook.
Voorbereiding bijeenkomstenFor lecture, read chapter in books; for seminars, make and submit homework assignments. For the lecture/ seminar, prepare presentation, work on grammar assignment.
Bijdrage aan groepswerkThe students are expected to actively participate in classes, presence being required, among others by asking questions.
BeoordelingHomework assignments: assessment of a proper understanding of the readings, as well as the ability to reflect about their content. Written exam: covers all the topics (of the lectures and the readings) and evaluates knowledge, insight (the ability to make connections); ability to creatively apply what is learnt. Portfolio: assessment of the ability to apply the methods and techniques.
DeadlinesAssignments and portfolio weekly; written exam in week 9.
Aspecten van academische vorming
| • Academisch denken, werken en handelen • Kennis hanteren in een bredere context • Hanteren van wetenschappelijk instrumentarium |