Slavic Languages and Literatures | Topics in Slavic Linguistics
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Sample Syllabus (R. Feldstein)
If there is sufficient enrollment for this course, it will be devoted to a study of the phonological and morphological theories of Roman Jakobson. The development of Jakobson's thought on this subject will be considered, and his conception of morphophone
mics will be jux- taposed to the leading Russian phonological theories of this century, including that of the Moscow Phonological School. In the area of pho- nology, Jakobson's theory of distinctive features will be examined and compared to later evoluti
ons of the same theory, which modified Jakob- son's original idea of using the same features for both vowels and consonants. Jakobson's morphophonemic and morphological theories will be studied on the basis of such works as "Russian Conjugation," and the
Russian paper, "Morfologicheskie nabljudenija nad slavjanskim sklone- niem."
Several linguistic studies by Roman Jakobson, written in both English and Russian, will form the core readings for this course. They will be supplemented with articles by Morris Halle, N.S. Trubetzkoy, and others.
Sample Syllabus (B. Volkova)
SEMIOTICS AND PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE (L603)
Professor Bronislava Volkova
Crosslisted in: Linguistics, Slavic Dept., Dept. of Comparative Literature, Cognitive Science, West European Studies, Philosophy.
Taught upon sufficient demand by the Department of
The course covers a number of important thinkers in philosophy of language and semantics since the early times untill the present: Plato, Humboldt, Marty, Husserl, Frege, Wittgenstein, Sapir-Whorf, Saussure, Morris, Jakobson, Vygotskij, Eco, Austin, Sear
le, Kristeva and others. Main linguistic and philosophical schools of the 20th century and their branches and followers today will be explored: Prague, Copenhagen, Geneva, London and America. Issues like language and thought, concepts of word, notion, mea
ning, reference, notional semantics vs. emotive semantics, semiotic nature of language, language and knowledge, typology of linguistic signs and meanings, functions of language and speech, theory of speech acts and texts, dialogic and monologic discourse,
language in relationship to nation and politics, progress in language, syntactic, semantic and pragmatic approaches to language, specificities of poetic language, relationship between language and literature and other topics are included.
Requirements: Active participation in discussion, one independently researched topic paper and one or two brief summary reports or creative linguistic exercises.