Formal Approaches to Natural Language
- to introduce students to the methodology of formal grammar and semantics and to the major questions that these frameworks seek to answer
- to discuss linguistic phenomena that played a crucial role for these frameworks
- to teach students how to use up-to-date conceptual apparatus, methods and argumentation in these domains
- understands the complexity of formal syntactic model
- understands the diversity of formal semantic model
- understands the argumentation the formal syntactic models rely on
- is able to analyze sentence structure using different formal methods
- The basics of generative grammar: a recapitulation
- Modality, tense and aspect in the syntactic structure
- The structure of noun phrases. The structure of relative clauses. Predicate-argument structure in formal approaches.
- Information structure in formal approaches. On the crossroads of formal syntax and semantics: quantifiers; negative and positive polarity items.
- Interim assessment (2 module)0.2 * Homework 1 + 0.3 * Homework 2 + 0.2 * Homework 3 + 0.3 * Oral presentation in a group
- Carnie, A. (2012). Syntax : A Generative Introduction (Vol. 3rd ed). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=531592
- Bayer, J., & Struckmeier, V. (2017). Discourse Particles : Formal Approaches to Their Syntax and Semantics. Berlin: De Gruyter. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1466775