Elitzur Bar-Asher Siegal
Ling 333/733 - Bridges between Formal Semantics and Historical Linguistics
The course seeks to bring together two sub-disciplines within linguistics: historical linguistics and formal semantics. Both of these sub-disciplines have evolved from distant intellectual fields: the first comes from the philological world, while the second has its origins in the world of mathematical logic. Recently, there has been a rapprochement between these fields dealing mostly with the study of changes of meaning, grammaticalization and reanalysis. This course aims to examine the research paradigms that attempt to integrate them and explore new methodologies for building bridges between them.
Prerequisite: Any introductory linguistics class.
Ling 383/783 - Causative Constructions
Causation stands at the heart of all sciences, and as such, philosophers, linguists, and cognitive scientists explore the exact nature of this concept as they seek to understand how causal structures are represented in the human cognitive systems. This course aims to understand what causative constructions are, what they assert, what they presupposed and to what extent they differ one from the other. In addition, it explores how the semantics of these linguistic expressions are related to the way we model our causal knowledge of the world. In this context we explore the uniqueness of the linguistic inquiry about causation and how it corresponds with studies on causation in philosophy and in cognitive sciences.
Prerequisite: Any linguistics class or instructor permission.
This course can be applied towards the Social Sciences Yale College distributional requirement.