Syllabus for Current Trends in Linguistics

Aktuella forskningsområden inom lingvistik

Syllabus

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5LN142
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: General Linguistics G1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2011-09-23
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2019-03-06
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 11, 2019
  • Entry requirements: 30 credits in a language subject.
  • Responsible department: Department of Linguistics and Philology

Decisions and guidelines

The course is given as optional module within Linguistics C but may also be taken independently.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, to earn the grade Pass the student should at least be able to:

  • explain the basic principles of the scientific work and the research methodology with reference to modern linguistics (general linguistics),
  • present and analyse relevant scientific articles within the field linguistics (general linguistics), and
  • work with a certain level of independence, clearly formulate and critically discuss theoretical and methodological assumptions and present the results orally and in writing.

Content

The course is given with different theme from current trends in linguistics. Possible themes are, e.g.:

  • The Geometry of Meaning, based on Gärdenfors' book by the same name.
  • The Phylogenetic Analysis of Language 
  • Grammaticalisation
  • Colour semantics

Assessment

The course has two moments of examination:
1. continuous written tests that are conducted during lecture hours;
2. a final project, the exact date for submission is announced by the teacher at the start of the course. 
For the grade Pass (G), Pass is required in all moments. For the grade Pass with distinction, Pass with distinction is required in moment 2 as well as Pass in moment 1.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University´s disability coordinator.

Other directives

The course may be taken even if the student has already taken the course Current Trends in Linguistics (5LN141).

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 01, 2019

  • Johansson, Sverker Origins of language: constraints on hypotheses

    Amsterdam ; Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins Pub., 2005

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  • Johansson, Sverker Language Abilities in Neanderthals

    Part of:

    Annual Review of Linguistics

    Annual Reviews,

    vol. 1(2) (2015) s. 1-22

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  • Galantucci, Bruno An Experimental Study of the Emergence of Human Communication Systems

    Part of:

    Cognitive science : a multidisciplinary journal of artificial intelligence, psychology, and language : [official journal of the Cognitive Science Society]

    Norwood, N.J.: Ablex publ. corp., [20--?]-

    vol. 29 (2005) s. 737-767

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  • Hammarström, Harald Linguistic Diversity and Language Evolution

    Part of:

    Journal of Language Evolution

    vol. 1(1) (2016) s. 19-29

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  • Zuberbühler, KLaus Linguistic Prerequisites in the Primate Lineage

    Part of:

    Tallerman, Maggie Language origins : perspectives on evolution

    Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005

    (2005) s. 262-282

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  • Pagel, Mark Q&A: What is human language, when did it evolve and why should we care?

    Part of:

    BMC biology.

    [London]: BioMed Central, c2003-

    vol. 15(64) (2017) s. 1-6

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  • Call, Josep Tomasello, Michael Does the chimpanzee have a theory of mind? 30 years later

    Part of:

    Trends in cognitive sciences.

    Cambridge: Elsevier, 1997-

    vol. 12(5) (2008) s. 187-192

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  • Zuidema, Willem Compositional Semantics

    ., 2005

  • Auer, Peter From code-switching via language mixing to fused lects: toward a dynamic typology of bilingual speech.

    Part of:

    International journal of bilingual education and bilingualism.

    vol. 3(4) (1999) s. 309-332

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  • Benmamoun, Elabbas; Montrul, Silvina; Polinsky, Maria Heritage Languages and Their Speakers

    Part of:

    Theoretical linguistics.

    London: Routledge, [19-?]-

    vol. (3-4) (2013) nr. 39 s. 129-181

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  • Campbell, Lyle; Muntzel, Martha C. The structural consequences of language death.

    Part of:

    Maandi, Katrin; Dorian, Nancy C. Investigating obsolescence : studies in language contraction and death

    Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1989

    (1989) s. 181–196

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  • Brenzinger, Matthias Language endangerment throughout the world

    Part of:

    Brenzinger, Matthias Language diversity endangered

    Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2007

    (2007) s. ix–xvii

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  • Giles, Howard; Johnson, Patricia Ethnolinguistic identity theory: A social psychological approach to language maintenance

    Part of:

    International journal of the sociology of language.

    vol. (1) (1887) nr. 68 s. 69-99

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  • Hornsby, Michael Finding an ideological niche for new speakers in a minoritised language community

    Part of:

    Language culture and curriculum.

    Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 1988-

    vol. (1) (2017) nr. 30 s. 91-104

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  • Krauss, Michael Classification and terminology for degrees of language endangerment

    Part of:

    Brenzinger, Matthias Language diversity endangered

    Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2007

    (2007) s. 1-8

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  • Lüpke, Friederike; Storch, Anne Introduction

    Part of:

    Lüpke, Friederike; Storch, Anne Repertoires and choices in African languages

    Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, 2013.

    (2012) s. 1-11

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  • McIvor, O.; Napoleon, A.; Dickie, K. Language and Culture as Protective Factors for At-Risk Communities

    Part of:

    Journal of Aboriginal Health

    National Aboriginal Health Organization,

    vol. (1) (2009) nr. 5 s. 6-25

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  • O’Rourke, Bernadette; Pujolar, Joan; Ramallo, Fernando New speakers of minority languages: the challenging opportunity – forward

    Part of:

    International journal of the sociology of language.

    (2015) nr. 231 s. 1-20

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  • Sallabank, Julia The Role of Social Networks in Endangered Language Maintenance and Revitalization: The Case of Guernesiais in the Channel Islands

    Part of:

    Anthropological linguistics

    Bloomington: The Univ., 1959-

    vol. (2) (2010) nr. 52 s. 184–205

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  • Sasse, H. J. Theory of language death

    Part of:

    Brenzinger, Matthias Language death : factual and theoretical explorations with special reference to East Africa

    Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1992

    (1992) s. 7-30

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  • Storch, Anne Language and ideology

    Part of:

    Lüpke, Friederike; Storch, Anne Repertoires and choices in African languages

    Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, 2013.

    (2012) s. 123-175

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  • Wicherkiewicz, Tomasz The making of a language : the case of the idiom of Wilamowice, southern Poland

    Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2003

    Table of Contents / Abstracts

    Read chapter 2.

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Electronic resource: Hinton, Leanne 2015. What counts as “success" in language revitalization? Web- cast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, hosted by the Future Speakers: Indigenous Languages in the 21st Century series, 22 October 2015. Available online at: http://www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca/leanne-hinton/