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Utrecht Theoretical Linguistics


3 Feb 2020 - 10 Mar 2020
ICU Spinoza 110, Utrecht University

MARCH 2 UPDATE: Crash course in Formal Linguistics for PhDs

Crash course in Formal Linguistics for PhDs 

Registration deadline: 25 November

We’re happy to announce a crash course in formal linguistics for all PhD students at the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics, as well as potential participants from other departments and universities. This course will give young researchers who do not have previous training in Formal Linguistics a chance to learn about some of the most basic formal linguistic methods.

The course will run as a guided reading course of four topics, with four different experts at the UiL OTS:
1- Rene Kager (Phonology)
2- Roberta D’Alessandro (Syntax)
3- Joost Zwarts (Semantics)
4- Yoad Winter (Formal Grammar)

Each part will be independent of the other parts, and will have its own reading. A student is free to participate in any part of the course, as suits them best. Please see the schedule and the reading materials below. Registered students will be expected to read the required material (total expected reading time + exercises: about one-two weeks per part), and participate in the relevant meetings of the part they applied to.

The course will be streamed. All info and pptx on www.streamgram.eu

Course schedule
Monday 3 February, 15.00-17.00: Introduction Phonology (Kager). Room: ICU Spinoza 110
Monday, 10 February, 15.00-16.00: Introduction Syntax (D’Alessandro). Room: D25 002
Monday, 10 February, 16.00-18.00: Q&A Phonology (Kager). CANCELED
Monday, 17 February, 15.00-17.00: Q&A Syntax 1 (D’Alessandro). Room: ICU Spinoza 110
Monday, 24 February, 15.00-17.00: Introduction Semantics (Zwarts). Room: D25 002
Monday, 2 March, 15.00-17.00: Q&A Syntax 2 (D’Alessandro). Room: ICU Spinoza 110      CANCELED

Monday, 2 March, 16:30-18:00: Q&A Semantics (Zwarts). Room: ICU Spinoza 110
Tuesday, 3 March, 16.00-18.00: Introduction Formal Grammar (Winter). Room: D25 102
Tuesday, 10 March, 16.00-18.00: Q&A Formal Grammar (Winter). Room: D25 102


Zsiga, Elizabeth. (2013). The Sounds of Language: An Introduction to Phonetics & Phonology. Wiley-Blackwell. Chapters 12-16.

D’Alessandro, R. 2019. Syntax made easy. Utrecht University. https://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/004774).
Gallego, Ángel. 2010. Phase Theory. Amsterdam: Benjamins: Chapter 1. The Framework; Chapter 2, sections 2.1 and 2.2.

Lappin, S. (2017). Formal semantics. In M. Aronoff & J. Rees-Miller (Eds.), The Handbook of Linguistics. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell,279-298.
Saeed, J. (2015). Semantics. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell. Chapter 10.

Formal Grammar:
Partee, Barbara BH, Alice G. ter Meulen, and Robert Wall. Mathematical methods in linguistics. Vol. 30. Springer Science & Business Media, 2012.– Part E: Languages, Grammars and Automata