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Towards language universals through lexical semantics: introduction to lexical and semantic typology

2020/2021
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
3
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
2-й курс, 3 модуль

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Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course is designed for students of linguistic programs (BA, MA, PhD), as well as for teachers and researchers in the named field. The course contains the overview of different approaches to the semantic description of lexical items and lexical systems in different languages and discusses the methodology of Moscow Lexical Typology Group (lecture 1). This methodology (“frame approach”) is illustrated with the data of the following domains: aquamotion verbs (lecture 2), verbs of falling (lecture 3), adjectives denoting oldness (lecture 4) and pain metaphors (lecture 5 and 6). The results of the analyses are visualized with specially constructed lexical semantic maps. Instructor:Ekaterina Rakhilina, Professor, School of Linguistics. Higher School of Economics. https://ru.coursera.org/learn/lexical-semantic-typology
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The aim of the course is to obtain the idea of the lexicon as a complex system and to get the methodology of the typological approach to the lexicon cross-linguistically, as well as to learn about the general mechanisms of semantic shift and their typological relevance.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Knows the basic principles of lexical organization, the main parameters of semantic variations in lexicon
  • Can apply the basic methods of the analysis of lexical meaning to different lexical domains
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Towards language universals through lexical semantics:introduction to lexical and semantic typology
    The course contains the overview of different approaches to the semantic description of lexical items and lexical systems in different languages and discusses the methodology of Moscow Lexical Typology Group (lecture 1). This methodology (“frame approach”) is illustrated with the data of the following domains: aquamotion verbs (lecture 2), verbs of falling (lecture 3), adjectives denoting oldness (lecture 4) and pain metaphors (lecture 5 and 6). The results of the analyses are visualized with specially constructed lexical semantic maps.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Online course
  • non-blocking Discussion with a HSE instructor
  • non-blocking Online course
  • non-blocking Discussion with a HSE instructor
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.3 * Discussion with a HSE instructor + 0.7 * Online course
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Raible, W. (n.d.). Language universals and language typology. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.3456796F

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Velupillai, V. (2012). An Introduction to Linguistic Typology. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=473816