2nd degree (Master)
Dr. Pavel Ozerov
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Dr. Pavel Ozerov
The field of Information Structure studies how information communicated by linguistic means is arranged in a given context, and how its arrangement interacts with various pragmatic-semantic factors. In this course we will critically survey the existing (primarily functional) approaches in the field. We will examine whether and how these views address vast cross-linguistic data available in modern research, and will investigate diverse phenomena from particular languages.
Acquaintance with the current approaches in the field of Information Structure and ability to carry out linguistic analysis of relevant language-specific devices
Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
carry out a linguistic analysis of Information Structure in discourse, taking into account the overall discourse structuring and interactional characteristics of text
Teaching arrangement and method of instruction:
lectures, reading, class exercises, individual project and its presentation
-basic notions: topic, focus, comment, presupposition, common ground, assertion
-pragmatic particles, relevant syntactic structure (e.g. cleft) and other devices
-the interaction between discourse structure and information structure
- interaction in discourse and information structure
-Krifka, Manfred and Renate Musan. 2013. Information Structure: Overview and linguistic issues. In: Krifka and Musan (eds.) The Expression of Information Structure. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter Mouton.
-LAMBRECHT, KNUD. 1994. Information Structure and Sentence Form: Topic, Focus, and the Mental Representations of Discourse Referents. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (selected parts)
- Matić, Dejan, and Daniel Wedgwood. 2013. “The Meanings of Focus: The Significance of an Interpretation-Based Category in Cross-Linguistic Analysis.” Journal of Linguistics 49 (1): 127–163
- MASCHLER, YAEL. 2015. ‘Word Order in Time: Emergent Hebrew (NS)V/VNS Syntax.’ In Studies in Language and Social Interaction, edited by Arnulf Deppermann and Susanne Günthner, 27:201–236. Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins
SASSE, HANS-JÜRGEN. 1987. ‘The Thetic/Categorical Distinction Revisited.’ Linguistics 25: 511–580
- STALNAKER, ROBERT. 2002. ‘Common Ground.’ Linguistics and Philosophy 25 (5): 701–721.
- DU BOIS, JOHN W. 2007. ‘The Stance Triangle.’ In Stancetaking in Discourse: Subjectivity, Evaluation, Interaction, edited by Robert Englebretson, 139–182. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
Additional Reading Material:
End of year written/oral examination 0 %
Presentation 30 %
Participation in Tutorials 10 %
Project work 50 %
Assignments 10 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %