Theoretical Linguistics and Child Language
(Az elméleti szintaxis és a gyereknyelv) in autumn 2017
, Tue 16:00–17:30
seminar, 30 h/term; strong prereq: ANG-141
description & set texts
The course discusses cases when language acquisition data support the claims of theoretical linguistics and vica versa, when theoretical linguistics offers an account of the systematic errors children make during the process of language acquisition. We are going to discuss topics such as the early acquisition of word order, cross-linguistic variation in question formation (Who do you think will win? vs Mit gondolsz ki fog nyerni? (Lit: What do you think who will win), the difference between control and raising and the acquisition of empty categories (e.g. when/how do children know whether they are dealing with a trace or an unpronounced pronoun). The completion of the syntax lecture or seminar is a prerequisite for the course. The readings for the course will be provided by the instructor.
requirements & assessment
Grading is based on (i) a handout prepared in pairs for one of the compulsory readings serving as the basis of classroom discussions and (ii) a home essay or a set of exam questions with a key prepared by the student.