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Master 2021/2022

Theoretical Models and Methods in Language Description

Category 'Best Course for Broadening Horizons and Diversity of Knowledge and Skills'
Category 'Best Course for New Knowledge and Skills'
Area of studies: Fundamental and Applied Linguistics
Delivered by: School of Linguistics
When: 2 year, 2, 3 module
Mode of studies: offline
Open to: students of one campus
Instructors: Alexey Kozlov
Master’s programme: Linguistic Theory and Language Description
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course is compulsory for the students of the MA program Linguistic theory and language description (NRU HSE). This course continues the same-named one given to the students of the 1-st year. There are two themes in focus: formal syntax and corpus linguistics.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The course continues for two years. This programme is for the 1-st pars or the course and covers such themes as: instrumental phonetics and phonology, formal semantics and pragmatics and formal syntax (the Case Theory).
  • There are two themes in focus: 1) formal syntax and explanation of ellipsis, 2) corpus linguistics
  • The course is not for beginners. it reqiires basic knowledge of linguistic theory.
  • The course is not introductive and requires basic kniwledge of linguistic theory and articulatory phonetics.
  • This course familiarizes the students with the theoretical models and methods currently employed in various areas of language description and linguistic theorizing.
  • This course helps the students develop their research skills. They become familiar with new research methods they may apply in their future carear.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • the students are able to apply the main ideas of FP to their researches
  • The students are able to apply the main ideas of FS to their researches
  • The students are able to apply the main ideas of IP in their researches
  • The students are able to apply the main ideas of the CT to their researches.
  • the students are able to interpret transcriptions and write them
  • the students are able to reproduce the main ideas of the Case theory
  • The students are able to explain ellipsis using contemporary formal approaches.
  • The students are able to find data in question using at least one corpus using relevant queries.
  • The students are able to interpret syntactic tree parsing with ellipsis.
  • The students are able to name no less than 5 corpora.
  • The students are able to reproduse the main ideas of formal approach to ellipsis.
  • The students are able to yield statistic data from corpora and evaluate them.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Formal syntax: Approaches to Ellipsis in Formal Frameworks
  • Instrumental phonetics and Phonology
  • Formal syntax: Сase Theories
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Formal semantics
  • Formal Pragmatics: Scalar Implicatures and Pragmatics of Disjunction
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking homeworkPH
    The students may repass the homework without penalty no later than 7 days before exam. The task is the same.
  • non-blocking quizCT
    The students may repass the quiz without penalty no later than 7 days before exam. The questions are the same, but the order of possible answers is not..
  • non-blocking homework CT
    The students may repass the homework without penalty no later than 7 days before exam. The task is the same.
  • non-blocking homeworkFP
    The students may repass the homework without penalty no later than 7 days before exam. The task is the same.
  • non-blocking homeworkFS
    The students may repass the homework without penalty no later than 7 days before exam. The task is the same.
  • non-blocking quiz
    there are several quizez during the syntactical pert of the course
  • non-blocking quiz
  • non-blocking quiz
  • non-blocking quiz
  • non-blocking quiz
    The students may repass all the quizez and homeworks no later than 7 days before session. The tasks are the same.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2020/2021 3rd module
  • 2020/2021 4th module
    0.2 * homework CT + 0.2 * homeworkFP + 0.2 * homeworkFS + 0.2 * homeworkPH + 0.2 * quizCT
  • 2021/2022 2nd module
  • 2021/2022 3rd module
    0.2 * quiz + 0.2 * quiz + 0.2 * quiz + 0.2 * quiz + 0.2 * quiz
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • McEnery, T., & Hardie, A. (2012). Corpus Linguistics : Method, Theory and Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=408835
  • Paul H. Portner, & Barbara H. Partee. (2008). Formal Semantics : The Essential Readings. [N.p.]: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=231496

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • BIBER, D., CONRAD, S., & REPPEN, R. (1994). Corpus-based Approaches to Issues in Applied Linguistics. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.562A0C90
  • Gussenhoven, C. (2004). The Phonology of Tone and Intonation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=164285