Professor Johanna Nicholsi loengud 2.-6. aprillini
Topics in areal typology (with emphasis on northwestern Eurasia)
University of Tartu, April 2-6, 2018
Monday, April 2, 10.15-11.45, Jakobi 2-428 (1) Introduction. The accretion zones of western Eurasia.
Tuesday, April 3, 10.15-11.45, Jakobi 2-422 (2) Typological features relevant to contact situations
Wednesday, April 4, 10.15-11.45, Jakobi 2-129 (3) Typological features with large east-west distributions
Thursday, April 5, 12.15-13.45, Jakobi 2-106 (4) Brief survey of some quantitative areal work
Friday, April 6, 10.15-11.45, Jakobi 2-106 (5) Summary, conclusions, outlook
This course gives an overview of areal linguistic typology, focusing on two issues of northern Eurasian geolinguistics: the high-diversity accretion zones and the large-scale distributions of grammatical properties that link all of northern Eurasia (and indeed all of the northern hemisphere) into a single linguistic area.
The course consists of four lecture units, a summary and overview, and some discussion and question time. Units 1, 4, and 5 are designed to be of interest to non-linguists. The second and third deal more with grammatical issues.
One hour of discussion and question time, including discussion of homework and preparation for the final essay, will be worked into units 3 and 4. All lectures will have some time for questions and discussion at the end.
Course work includes reading, two homework assignments (linguistic problems), and a final essay (also a linguistic problem, with some discussion). Also, attending lectures and, ideally, making contributions to discussion.
I have knowingly listed more reading than you can realistically do, and I don't expect you to read everything. This is training for an important part of academic life: learning how to prioritize topics and decide which of the many relevant works you will actually read.
Readings will be available online.
This event has been supported by the University of Tartu ASTRA Project PER ASPERA (European Regional Development Fund).