Tema våren 2018: Empirical Approaches to Linguistic Interfaces
Kort om emnet / Course content
In the early days of modern theoretical linguistics, areas such as syntax, semantics, phonology, and so forth, used to be, by and large, investigated independently from each other. However, research throughout the last decades has gradually shifted the focus onto the interconnectedness between these fields, highlighting, for instance, that even “core syntactic phenomena” (such as word order restrictions) are best captured by investigating them from a perspective that considers their syntax together with their semantics, or takes phonological/prosodic factors into account. In this class, we approach theoretical questions from an empirical perspective (e.g., how to collect relevant corpus data that bear on theoretical questions). We consider in particular (but not exclusively) topics that cut across the traditional lines of fields such as syntax vs. semantics vs. pragmatics vs. phonology.
Hva lærer du? / Learning outcome
Students decide on a research question/topic of their own (in agreement with the supervisors) that should be in one or more of the fields of general linguistics (i.e., syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics, phonetics, phonology). They then investigate their topic with suitable linguistic methodology (such as corpus linguistic investigations). Topics with an interface-component (e.g. syntax-semantics, syntax-phonology, semantics-prosody) are particularly encouraged. Students learn to independently formulate their own research questions for their topic and how to empirically investigate their questions with suitable linguistic methodology (such as corpus-based research). They learn how to collect and interpret empirical data, how to give research presentations on their results, and how to write up their findings in the form of a short academic paper.