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Магистратура 2019/2020

Функциональные модели в естественном языке

Лучший по критерию «Полезность курса для Вашей будущей карьеры»
Лучший по критерию «Полезность курса для расширения кругозора и разностороннего развития»
Лучший по критерию «Новизна полученных знаний»
Статус: Курс обязательный (Лингвистическая теория и описание языка)
Направление: 45.04.03. Фундаментальная и прикладная лингвистика
Когда читается: 1-й курс, 1, 2 модуль
Формат изучения: Full time
Преподаватели: Коношенко Мария Борисовна
Прогр. обучения: Лингвистическая теория и описание языка
Язык: английский
Кредиты: 4

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course presupposes an introduction to functional and cognitive linguistics as opposed to formal approaches to natural language such as generative grammar. The course comprises several lectures on main tenets, methodological peculiarities and the most important domains of research in functional linguistics, as well as discussions of various case studies and seminal papers. Students enrolled in the course Functional approaches to natural language have to cope with several tasks before and in class: they write analytical and argumentative essays, go over the reading materials that their instructor sends to them, prepare presentations of the given papers in small groups, and discuss problematic issues in class.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • to introduce students to theoretical apparatus, key notions, history, heritage and main principles of functional and cognitive linguistics, the form vs. function controversy in modern linguistics
  • to introduce students to the mainstream branches and schools of functional and cognitive linguistics
  • to introduce students to methodological aspects of functional and cognitive linguistics
  • to introduce students to critical thinking and reasoning within and outside cognitive linguistics
  • to introduce students to the most salient papers (in English) on various aspects of functional and cognitive linguistics
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • understands the subject of cognitive linguistics, its fields, connections with other (cognitive) sciences
  • understands main conceptions of the most significant scientific cognitive linguistics schools
  • is able to understand, interpret and discuss papers (in English) on various aspects of functional and cognitive linguistics
  • is able to collect empirical data and apply methodological principles to various theoretical tasks
  • is able to make empirical observations and theoretical generalizations
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction
    Functionalism and formalism as two main approaches in modern linguistics. FL and CL in the context of main trends in modern linguistics (structuralism, cognitive grammar, generative grammar) and their brief overview. Interaction between language and cognition as a fundamental principle of CL. History of FL and CL.
  • Main principles of CL
    Evolution of the main theoretical notions of FL and CL: walkthrough past and modern theories. Principal role of semantics in CL.
  • Methodological issues
    Basic methods of collecting empirical data in general linguistics and in CL: introspection, observation (that leads to corpus research), and experiment (that leads to experimental linguistics). Experimental linguistics and CL. Corpus linguistics and CL. Role of statistics in corpus linguistics and in CL.
  • Cognitive Models of Language Acquisition
    Models of language learning (L1 and L2). Heritage speakers. Learner Corpora.
  • Beyond (spoken) language
    Sign language and sign languages. Co-speech gesticulation. Nonverbal communication and multimodal approach to language. Human language and animal communication.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Essay 1
  • non-blocking Essay 2
  • non-blocking Oral presentation
    Group home assignment: reading and presenting a paper or a case-study in a small group
  • non-blocking Class participation
    Discussing problematic issues in class
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.2 * Class participation + 0.3 * Essay 1 + 0.3 * Essay 2 + 0.2 * Oral presentation
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Dąbrowska, E., & Divjak, D. (2015). Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1000461

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Evans, V. Cognitive Linguistics: An Introduction / Vyvyan Evans, Melanie Green. - Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006. – 830 p. – ISBN 9780748618323. – Текст: электронный // DB Proquest Ebook Central (ebrary) [сайт]. - URL: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-