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 morphophonemics 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 evolutions 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
Linguistics.

	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, Searle, 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,
meaning, 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.