Debates in Linguistics

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode LTX033M05
Vaknaam Debates in Linguistics
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Debates in Linguistics
Leerdoelen Upon successful completion of the course unit, students are:
a.familiar with linguistic theories and methods relevant for the topic of the course; b. able to link theory and empirical data on the topic of the course; c. able to understand, contrast, and assess various viewpoints regarding the topic of the course; d. able to search the linguistic literature and develop ideas for new research related to the topic of the course; e. able to write a critical essay on the literature discussed.
These contribute to the general learning outcomes (Dublin descriptors) 1 through 4 of the degree programmes: a => knowledge and understanding; b,d => applying knowledge and understanding; b,c => making judgments; e => communication.
Omschrijving In this course, we will examine a variety of linguistic phenomena that are hotly debated in linguistics. N.B. Topics and the related choice of articles/literature may vary depending on the interests of the participants and the lecturer. Potential topics include:
- Competence versus performance
- The nature of Universal Grammar and evolution of language
- Recursion in language and limits on recursion
- The origin of islands for movement and syntactic domains
- Gradient phenomena in language
- The status of information structure in linguistic theory
- Production/comprehension asymmetries
- The status of linguistic judgments and acceptability
In class, we discuss articles from the research literature that present interesting and often contradictory perspectives on the matter. Furthermore, students are to write a short paper reflecting on the subject.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm werkcollege
Toetsvorm werkstuk(ken)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. M. de Vries
Docent(en) dr. M. de Vries
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Ma Taalwetenschappen  (Europese Taalkunde - specialisatie: Language Development and Variation) 1 semester II b verplicht
ReMa Taalwetenschappen / Linguistics  (ReMa Language and Cognition) 1 semester II b keuze