Introduction to Linguistics
(Bevezetés a nyelvtudományba) in autumn 2017
, Fri 11:30–13:00
seminar, 30 h/term
description & set texts
In this seminar we undertake the task of formulating meaningful questions about language and linguistics and explore some of the basic concepts, working methods and hypotheses that linguistic theorizing has found to be useful in answering them. Key topics will include today's common (mis)conceptions about language as well as the study of sounds, the structure of words, phrases and sentences, and meaning. The sessions run parallel to the lecture course and there are overlaps between the topics discussed but the seminars do not a replace the lectures as the practical rather than the theoretical side of the study of language is in focus. The course material is based on the course reader written by László Varga downloadable from the homepage of SEAS under 'course material'(Units 1-2) as well as Dobrovolsky, M., Katamba, F., O'Grady, W.D. 1999. Contemporary Linguistics: An Introduction. Longman. Chapters 3-5.
requirements & assessment
Two mid-term and an end-term test.