Linguistic Typology

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. understand the innate features of language;
  2. understand that some innate features are universal and some others are language specific;
  3. understand that currently there are two main approaches to investigate the phenomenon of language universals;
  4. evaluate the theoretical debates in language universal and typology; and
  5. apply the knowledge of the innate aspects of language to analyse the corpus of a language.

Course Description:

This course provides a closer look at systematic commonalities and differences across the world’s languages, which at first blush seem to diverge considerably from one another. The course will seek for analyses or explanations for how and why languages differ and arrive at a finite set of language universals and tendencies. It will also explore different angles (descriptive vs. generative) to look into language differences.

Textbooks:

Syllabus can be found here.

Sample paper on a language typology issue on languages spoken on Java

Sample outline for a research proposal can be accessed here.

Database for linguistic typology is available here.

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