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-
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,
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.