Lexicology (Lexikológia) in autumn 2017
Lázár A. Péter, Tue 09:00–10:30, R442, host: DELG (R301)
4-credit seminar, 30 h/term; strong prereq: ANG-141
description & set texts

You've looked at sentences and phrases, you've looked at sounds. But surely there are things of interest in between: words. Of two kinds, that is: potential words, which may roughly be considered as the domain of morphology, and existing words, the happy hunting ground of lexicology. Which of the two covers a game of Scrabble: existing, or potential words? If you think this question remotely makes sense, you might consider joining this course.

Notions that will be looked at in some detail include: lexeme, citation form, token, type, syntactic word, orthographic word, "use vs mention", "central vs peripheral (members of categories)", gradience, dependent word, semiword, clitic, polysemy, vagueness, homonymy, phrasal verb, compound, headedness, conversion, idiom, idiomaticity scale, listeme, collocation.

The course introduces some of the tools and mechanisms of (English) lexical analysis. Lexicology and some of its interfaces with morphology, semantics, and syntax will be examined.

The pdf of the basic text will be sent to you after you have joined the class.

requirements & assessment

There will be two tests, a midterm and an endterm. Times will be announced well in advance.

No-show counts as 0. Grades are rounded up from x.5.