Foundations of Linguistics 2018


Course organization

Instructor: Tatjana Scheffler
Time: Tuesdays, 2-4pm
Place: Golm, building 14, room 009
Moodle: Please register on the course's Moodle site.


Grading policy

Passing the course

To be admitted to the module exam, you need to pass the course. 50% of the points in the assignments are required to pass the course.

Module exam & grade

Final exam.

Course description

A condensed graduate-level overview of main concepts in Linguistics for students in the Cognitive Systems program who have no background in this.


Date Topic Readings Assignments
T 10/16 Introduction
T 10/23 (no in-class meeting, reading time)
T 30/10 Morphology (Bender, 2013), ch. 2-4; Questions for the reading
T 11/6 (reading time) Problem set 1 due
T 11/13 Syntax I (Bender 2013), ch. 5-7; Questions for the reading
T 11/20 Syntax II (Bender 2013), ch. 7-9 Problem set 2 due
T 11/27 dies academicus (no class)
T 12/4 Semantics I (Partee et al.), ch. 13, 14, 15
(Chierchia & McConnell-Ginet), ch. 1-2 (background)
Problem set 3 due
T 12/11 Semantics II (Murphy, 2003), ch. 1
T 12/18 (reading time) Problem set 4 due

no class (winter break)

no class (winter break)
T 1/8 Discourse I Taboada, M. and W.C. Mann (2006) Applications of Rhetorical Structure Theory. Discourse Studies 8 (4): 567-588.
Rashmi Prasad, Nikhil Dinesh, Alan Lee, Eleni Miltsakaki, Livio Robaldo, Aravind Joshi, and Bonnie Webber (2008) The Penn Discourse Treebank 2.0. In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2008). Marrackech, Morocco.
T 1/15 (reading time) Problem set 5 due
T 1/22 Discourse II Grosz/Weinstein/Joshi (1995). Centering: : a framework for modeling the local coherence of discourse.
T 1/29 Wrap-up/discussion Problem set 6 due
T 2/5 Psycholinguistics (guest lecture by Dario Paape)
T 2/19, 10-12 Final exam


Other readings will be linked to on Moodle.

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