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Academic Year: 2022/23

8037 - Theoretical and Applied Linguistics - MA

31388 - Advanced Topics in Linguistics Theory


Teaching Guide Information

Academic Course:
2022/23
Academic Center:
803 - Masters Centre of the Department of Translation and Language Sciences
Study:
8037 - Theoretical and Applied Linguistics - MA
Subject:
31388 - Advanced Topics in Linguistics Theory
Ambit:
---
Credits:
5.0
Course:
630 - Master in Theorical and Applied Linguistics: 1
438 - Master in Theorical and Applied Linguistics: 1
361 - Master of Cognitive Science and Linguistics (60cr): XX
Teaching languages:
Theory: Group 1: English
Teachers:
Jose Francisco Quer Villanueva
Teaching Period:
Second quarter
Schedule:

Presentation

This course focuses on the connection between linguistic description, typological variation, and formal linguistics by addressing a number of specific linguistic phenomena through the traditional grammar modules and their interfaces. One of the main goals of formal linguistics is to try to model the spectrum of variation documented in natural languages, which is not unlimited or random. In order to achieve this goal it is necessary to arrive at accurate descriptions of individual languages ​​that allow us to compare them with different properties from other languages. Linguistic typology, the study of linguistic universals or parametric approaches from the perspective of universal grammar address this topic with different theoretical and analytical tools that we will attempt to understand through a review of several case studies with a strong crosslinguistic component.

Associated skills

● Getting acquainted with models of formal analysis of language, focusing on morphosyntax and semantics topics.

● Examining a number of topics that have been and are central to linguistic theorizing.

● Learning linguistic argumentation.

● Learning how to present linguistic research.

Learning outcomes

Ability to understand and use linguistic argumentation in formal, typological and descriptive research.

 

Ability to define and tackle research questions.

 

Ability to present research work.

Sustainable Development Goals

04. Quality education

Prerequisites

Background in formal and descriptive Linguistics.

 

The course will be in English (classes, readings, assignments, exam).

Contents

The course will be organized around a selection of topics such as the following ones:

● Interrogatives: crosslinguistic approaches to their syntax

● Comparative syntax and information structure: topic and focus

● The role of non-manual features in sign language grammars

● Creole grammars and new languages. Language genesis and variation

● Strategies of relativization

● Linguistic reports: quotation and (in)direct speech

● Negative structures: syntactic and semantic variation

● Indefiniteness and polarity

● Argument structure realization

Teaching Methods

Each unit will focus on a given subject. The first part of the classes will be devoted to a general presentation of the empirical and theoretical aspects of the topic under study, and the second part will consist of student presentations on a specific piece of work related to the topic of the week and a group discussion on the bibliography papers (specific readings will be recommended).

Evaluation

The final grade will be based on the following. First, 30% of the grade will be based on continuous assessment of class participation and assignments, plus a class presentation of an article related to the issues under discussion. The remaining 70% of the grade will be based on a final exam that students will take home at the end of the quarter, for a period of 7 days.

Bibliography and information resources

Basic Bibliography

 

Cheng, L.-L- & N. Corver. 2013. Diagnosing Syntax. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Cinque, Guglielmo & Richard S. Kayne. 2005. The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Dikken, Marcel den. 2013. The Cambridge Handbook of Generative Syntax. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Everaert, M. & H. van Riemsdijk (eds.) 2017. The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Syntax, Second edition. Wiley.

Freidin, Robert. 2012. Syntax. Basic concepts and applications. Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity Press.

Haspelmath, Martin / König, Ekkehard / Oesterreicher, Wulf / Raible, Wolfgang (eds.). 2001. Language Typology and Language Universals. An International Handbook. 2 vols. Berlin / New York: Walter de Gruyter.

Mairal, Ricardo & Juana Gil (eds.). 2006. Linguistic universals. Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity Press.

Snyder, William (2007). Child Language. The Parametric Approach. Oxford: OxfordUniversity Press.

 

Additional references

 

Abbott, Barbara. 2010. Reference. Oxford: OxfordUniversity Press.

Heusinger, Klaus von; Maienborn, Claudia & Portner, Paul(eds.). 2012. Semantics. An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning. Volume 3.Berlin: DeGruyter.

Heusinger, Klaus von; Maienborn, Claudia & Portner, Paul(eds.). 2011. Semantics. An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning. Volume 2.Berlin: DeGruyter.

Maienborn, Claudia; Heusinger, Klaus von & Portner, Paul(eds.). 2010. Semantics. An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning. Volume 1. Berlin: DeGruyter. 

Rauh, Gisa.2010. Syntactic Categories. Their Identification and Description in Linguistic TheoriesOxford: OxfordUniversity Press.

Scalise, Sergio; Magni, Elisabetta & Bisetto, Antonietta (eds.). 2009. Universals of Language Today. Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 2009, Volume 76 Springer.

Szabolcsi, Anna. 2010. Quantification. Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity Press.

de Villiers, Jill; Roeper, Tom (eds.). 2011. Handbook of Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition. Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics, Handbook 41. Springer.


Academic Year: 2022/23

8037 - Theoretical and Applied Linguistics - MA

31388 - Advanced Topics in Linguistics Theory


Informació de la Guia Docent

Academic Course:
2022/23
Academic Center:
803 - Masters Centre of the Department of Translation and Language Sciences
Study:
8037 - Theoretical and Applied Linguistics - MA
Subject:
31388 - Advanced Topics in Linguistics Theory
Ambit:
---
Credits:
5.0
Course:
630 - Master in Theorical and Applied Linguistics: 1
438 - Master in Theorical and Applied Linguistics: 1
361 - Master of Cognitive Science and Linguistics (60cr): XX
Teaching languages:
Theory: Group 1: English
Teachers:
Jose Francisco Quer Villanueva
Teaching Period:
Second quarter
Schedule:

Presentation

This course focuses on the connection between linguistic description, typological variation, and formal linguistics by addressing a number of specific linguistic phenomena through the traditional grammar modules and their interfaces. One of the main goals of formal linguistics is to try to model the spectrum of variation documented in natural languages, which is not unlimited or random. In order to achieve this goal it is necessary to arrive at accurate descriptions of individual languages ​​that allow us to compare them with different properties from other languages. Linguistic typology, the study of linguistic universals or parametric approaches from the perspective of universal grammar address this topic with different theoretical and analytical tools that we will attempt to understand through a review of several case studies with a strong crosslinguistic component.

Associated skills

● Getting acquainted with models of formal analysis of language, focusing on morphosyntax and semantics topics.

● Examining a number of topics that have been and are central to linguistic theorizing.

● Learning linguistic argumentation.

● Learning how to present linguistic research.

Learning outcomes

Ability to understand and use linguistic argumentation in formal, typological and descriptive research.

 

Ability to define and tackle research questions.

 

Ability to present research work.

Sustainable Development Goals

04. Quality education

Prerequisites

Background in formal and descriptive Linguistics.

 

The course will be in English (classes, readings, assignments, exam).

Contents

The course will be organized around a selection of topics such as the following ones:

● Interrogatives: crosslinguistic approaches to their syntax

● Comparative syntax and information structure: topic and focus

● The role of non-manual features in sign language grammars

● Creole grammars and new languages. Language genesis and variation

● Strategies of relativization

● Linguistic reports: quotation and (in)direct speech

● Negative structures: syntactic and semantic variation

● Indefiniteness and polarity

● Argument structure realization

Teaching Methods

Each unit will focus on a given subject. The first part of the classes will be devoted to a general presentation of the empirical and theoretical aspects of the topic under study, and the second part will consist of student presentations on a specific piece of work related to the topic of the week and a group discussion on the bibliography papers (specific readings will be recommended).

Evaluation

The final grade will be based on the following. First, 30% of the grade will be based on continuous assessment of class participation and assignments, plus a class presentation of an article related to the issues under discussion. The remaining 70% of the grade will be based on a final exam that students will take home at the end of the quarter, for a period of 7 days.

Bibliography and information resources

Basic Bibliography

 

Cheng, L.-L- & N. Corver. 2013. Diagnosing Syntax. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Cinque, Guglielmo & Richard S. Kayne. 2005. The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Dikken, Marcel den. 2013. The Cambridge Handbook of Generative Syntax. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Everaert, M. & H. van Riemsdijk (eds.) 2017. The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Syntax, Second edition. Wiley.

Freidin, Robert. 2012. Syntax. Basic concepts and applications. Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity Press.

Haspelmath, Martin / König, Ekkehard / Oesterreicher, Wulf / Raible, Wolfgang (eds.). 2001. Language Typology and Language Universals. An International Handbook. 2 vols. Berlin / New York: Walter de Gruyter.

Mairal, Ricardo & Juana Gil (eds.). 2006. Linguistic universals. Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity Press.

Snyder, William (2007). Child Language. The Parametric Approach. Oxford: OxfordUniversity Press.

 

Additional references

 

Abbott, Barbara. 2010. Reference. Oxford: OxfordUniversity Press.

Heusinger, Klaus von; Maienborn, Claudia & Portner, Paul(eds.). 2012. Semantics. An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning. Volume 3.Berlin: DeGruyter.

Heusinger, Klaus von; Maienborn, Claudia & Portner, Paul(eds.). 2011. Semantics. An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning. Volume 2.Berlin: DeGruyter.

Maienborn, Claudia; Heusinger, Klaus von & Portner, Paul(eds.). 2010. Semantics. An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning. Volume 1. Berlin: DeGruyter. 

Rauh, Gisa.2010. Syntactic Categories. Their Identification and Description in Linguistic TheoriesOxford: OxfordUniversity Press.

Scalise, Sergio; Magni, Elisabetta & Bisetto, Antonietta (eds.). 2009. Universals of Language Today. Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 2009, Volume 76 Springer.

Szabolcsi, Anna. 2010. Quantification. Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity Press.

de Villiers, Jill; Roeper, Tom (eds.). 2011. Handbook of Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition. Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics, Handbook 41. Springer.


Academic Year: 2022/23

8037 - Theoretical and Applied Linguistics - MA

31388 - Advanced Topics in Linguistics Theory


Información de la Guía Docente

Academic Course:
2022/23
Academic Center:
803 - Masters Centre of the Department of Translation and Language Sciences
Study:
8037 - Theoretical and Applied Linguistics - MA
Subject:
31388 - Advanced Topics in Linguistics Theory
Ambit:
---
Credits:
5.0
Course:
630 - Master in Theorical and Applied Linguistics: 1
438 - Master in Theorical and Applied Linguistics: 1
361 - Master of Cognitive Science and Linguistics (60cr): XX
Teaching languages:
Theory: Group 1: English
Teachers:
Jose Francisco Quer Villanueva
Teaching Period:
Second quarter
Schedule:

Presentation

This course focuses on the connection between linguistic description, typological variation, and formal linguistics by addressing a number of specific linguistic phenomena through the traditional grammar modules and their interfaces. One of the main goals of formal linguistics is to try to model the spectrum of variation documented in natural languages, which is not unlimited or random. In order to achieve this goal it is necessary to arrive at accurate descriptions of individual languages ​​that allow us to compare them with different properties from other languages. Linguistic typology, the study of linguistic universals or parametric approaches from the perspective of universal grammar address this topic with different theoretical and analytical tools that we will attempt to understand through a review of several case studies with a strong crosslinguistic component.

Associated skills

● Getting acquainted with models of formal analysis of language, focusing on morphosyntax and semantics topics.

● Examining a number of topics that have been and are central to linguistic theorizing.

● Learning linguistic argumentation.

● Learning how to present linguistic research.

Learning outcomes

Ability to understand and use linguistic argumentation in formal, typological and descriptive research.

 

Ability to define and tackle research questions.

 

Ability to present research work.

Sustainable Development Goals

04. Quality education

Prerequisites

Background in formal and descriptive Linguistics.

 

The course will be in English (classes, readings, assignments, exam).

Contents

The course will be organized around a selection of topics such as the following ones:

● Interrogatives: crosslinguistic approaches to their syntax

● Comparative syntax and information structure: topic and focus

● The role of non-manual features in sign language grammars

● Creole grammars and new languages. Language genesis and variation

● Strategies of relativization

● Linguistic reports: quotation and (in)direct speech

● Negative structures: syntactic and semantic variation

● Indefiniteness and polarity

● Argument structure realization

Teaching Methods

Each unit will focus on a given subject. The first part of the classes will be devoted to a general presentation of the empirical and theoretical aspects of the topic under study, and the second part will consist of student presentations on a specific piece of work related to the topic of the week and a group discussion on the bibliography papers (specific readings will be recommended).

Evaluation

The final grade will be based on the following. First, 30% of the grade will be based on continuous assessment of class participation and assignments, plus a class presentation of an article related to the issues under discussion. The remaining 70% of the grade will be based on a final exam that students will take home at the end of the quarter, for a period of 7 days.

Bibliography and information resources

Basic Bibliography

 

Cheng, L.-L- & N. Corver. 2013. Diagnosing Syntax. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Cinque, Guglielmo & Richard S. Kayne. 2005. The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Dikken, Marcel den. 2013. The Cambridge Handbook of Generative Syntax. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Everaert, M. & H. van Riemsdijk (eds.) 2017. The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Syntax, Second edition. Wiley.

Freidin, Robert. 2012. Syntax. Basic concepts and applications. Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity Press.

Haspelmath, Martin / König, Ekkehard / Oesterreicher, Wulf / Raible, Wolfgang (eds.). 2001. Language Typology and Language Universals. An International Handbook. 2 vols. Berlin / New York: Walter de Gruyter.

Mairal, Ricardo & Juana Gil (eds.). 2006. Linguistic universals. Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity Press.

Snyder, William (2007). Child Language. The Parametric Approach. Oxford: OxfordUniversity Press.

 

Additional references

 

Abbott, Barbara. 2010. Reference. Oxford: OxfordUniversity Press.

Heusinger, Klaus von; Maienborn, Claudia & Portner, Paul(eds.). 2012. Semantics. An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning. Volume 3.Berlin: DeGruyter.

Heusinger, Klaus von; Maienborn, Claudia & Portner, Paul(eds.). 2011. Semantics. An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning. Volume 2.Berlin: DeGruyter.

Maienborn, Claudia; Heusinger, Klaus von & Portner, Paul(eds.). 2010. Semantics. An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning. Volume 1. Berlin: DeGruyter. 

Rauh, Gisa.2010. Syntactic Categories. Their Identification and Description in Linguistic TheoriesOxford: OxfordUniversity Press.

Scalise, Sergio; Magni, Elisabetta & Bisetto, Antonietta (eds.). 2009. Universals of Language Today. Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 2009, Volume 76 Springer.

Szabolcsi, Anna. 2010. Quantification. Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity Press.

de Villiers, Jill; Roeper, Tom (eds.). 2011. Handbook of Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition. Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics, Handbook 41. Springer.