Raffaella Zanuttini

Courses

Term: Fall 2020

LING 253 Syntax I

If you knew all the words of a language, would you be able to speak that language? No, because you’d still need to know how to put the words together to form all and only the grammatical sentences of that language. This course focuses on the principles of our mental grammar that determine how words are put together to form sentences. Some of these principles are shared by all languages, some differ from language to language. The interplay of the principles that are shared and those that are distinct allows us to understand how languages can be very similar and yet also very different at the same time.

This course is mainly an introduction to syntactic theory: it introduces the questions that the field asks, the methodology it employs, some of the main generalizations that have been drawn and results that have been achieved. Secondarily, this course is also an introduction to scientific theorizing: what it means to construct a scientific theory, how to test it, and how to choose among competing theories. 

This course can be applied towards the Social Sciences Yale College distributional requirement.

Term: Fall 2020
Day/Time: Tuesday & Thursday, 11:35a-12:50p

LING 490 Research Methods in Linguistics

Development of skills in linguistics research, writing, and presentation. Choosing a research area, identifying good research questions, developing hypotheses, and presenting ideas clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing; methodological issues; the balance between building on existing literature and making a novel contribution. Prepares for the writing of the senior essay.

Term: Fall 2020
Day/Time: Wednesday, 4:00p-5:50p

Term: Spring 2021

LING 378 The Syntax of Speech Participants

This course focuses on grammatical elements that make salient the role of speaker and addressee: markers of politeness; pronouns that express the familiar and polite distinction; vocatives; as well as “presentatives,” including sentences whose function is to bring something to the attention of the addressee. On the empirical side, we discover, describe, and compare elements that convey information about the addressee, the speaker, or the speaker-addressee relation. On the theoretical side, we ask which aspects of the information that they convey should be encoded in the syntax, if any, and how it should be encoded.  

Prerequisite: LING 253, or permission of instructor.

This course can be applied towards the Social Sciences Yale College distributional requirement.

Term: Spring 2021
Day/Time: Tuesday & Thursday, 4:00p-5:15p