This course examines areas related to syntax and semantics in linguistics by solving specific problems related to grammatical examples. The history and research methods in Linguistics will be introduced. Some issues relating to them will be disscussed in your group.
The literature documents, figures, sound sources, and video materials relating to the above will be introduced to explore your linguistic insights.
Students will be able to realize how efficiently languages are composed by thinking about exercise problems through discussions.
syntax, semantics, history of linguistics, quantitative analysis
|✔ Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
The class is divided into small groups and the students try to find proper answers through discussion.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Guidelines for taking this course; Grammar and linguistic competence||Discussing what is grammar.|
|Class 2||Wittgenstein and Language Game||Discussing the relationships between linguistics and philosophy.|
|Class 3||Morphology 1: complex words (nouns)||Discussing morphology and structures of simple words and complex words.|
|Class 4||Turing and Turing Machine||Discussing the similarities between language and mathematics.|
|Class 5||Syntax 1: case||Discussing sentence structures in terms of case grammar.|
|Class 6||Zipf and Zipf's law||Discussing quantitative stuctures and phenomena of language.|
|Class 7||Syntax 2: hierarchical structure||Discussing the hierarchical structures of language.|
|Class 8||Daniel Jones's Eighteen Basic Vowels||Pronouncing eighteen basic vowels according to the vowel chart, watching Jones's video.|
|Class 9||Semantics 1: thematic role||Making some sentences to explain the thematic role.|
|Class 10||De Saussure and Semiotics||Discussing the differences between semantics and semiotics.|
|Class 11||Semantics 2: Tense and Aspect||Discussing the relationships between tense and aspect among languages.|
|Class 12||Discussions for poster presentation||Discussing the proper methods of linguistics presentation with other students.|
|Class 13||Poster presentation 1||Writing some comments and questions to presenters.|
|Class 14||Poster presentation 2||Writing some comments and questions to presenters.|
|Class 15||Feedback of poster sessions.||Making a final version of poster.|
[nyumon] kotoba no sekai (the world of language) Seda, Hosaka, Tonoike, and Nakajima, eds
Yokuwakaru shakai gengogaku (Ah gotcha, Socio-linguistics) Harumi Tanaka, and Sachiko Tanaka eds, Minaruba shobo.
Or otherwise we will recommend some readings in our class.
Participations of all classes, assignments, poster presentations, and comment submissions are all requirements. Based on your poster presentation and report we add some considerations.
No prerequisite, but it is desirable that you have ever taken 'Language and Culture', 'Linguistics A'.
We will ask you to answer some questions in the class. Please bring your internet reachable mobile device such as iPhone, iPad, or Android terminal. Because of many participants we will distribute materials in the form of pdf. Mobile device which has a larger display will be favorable. Thank you.