Contemporary linguistic theories 1

Contemporary linguistic theories 1

Study Cycle: 2

Lectures: 30

Seminars: 30

Tutorials: 0

ECTS credit: 6

Lecturer(s): doc. dr. Živanović Sašo, Živanovič Sašo


The selection of topics is based on their freshness and influence in the linguistic literature during the time of study.

1. Syntax
a. Uninterpretable morphosyntactic features in Minimalist Program.
b. Formal similarities between sentential and nominal domain.
c. Interface between syntax and other modules of grammar.

2. Semantics
a. Interpretation of sentential functional projections: tense, aspect, modality, speech act.
b. Interpretation of nominal functional projections: quantification, definiteness, countability, etc.

3. Phonology
a. Melodic structure of segments
b. Autosegmentality, phonotactics, relations between skeletal points.
c. Theories of lenition.
d. Interface with morphology/syntax.

4. Morphology
a. Formation of words in Minimalist Grammar. Distributed Morphology (Marantz): words are formed by generating complex syntactic heads in anywhere in the grammar and in multiple ways: by head movement, head adjunction, and/or merging of structurally or linearly adjacent heads.
b. Role of morphological structures in an explanatory theory of linguistic competence.