15EM010 - Information Sentence Structure
|Information Sentence Structure
|English Language and Literature
|Type of study
|Lecturer (for classes)
|Lecturer/Associate (for practice)
|Lecturer/Associate (for OTC)
|The course introduces students to the basic notions of information structure (topic and focus, given vs. new information), their interpretation, their realization in various languages and the ways these notions influence the syntactic and phonological shape of sentences.
|Students can define key notions in information structure, describe its reflexes in one or more languages, see connections between data and theory with respect to information structure, analyse relevant language data with respect to information structure, present data as evidence in support of a theoretical argument
|Contents of lectures
|Basic notions in Information Structure. Historical development of IS approaches. The Semantics of IS. IS and Intonation. Word Order and Intonation. Information Structure Partitioning. IS Realization Means. Topic-Focus Articulation in Functional Generative Description. Generative approaches. Syntax and IS. Comparison of IS approaches. Formalism vs functionalism.
|Contents of exercises
|Students investigate one or more notions of information structure by means of a small-scale data collection project, using simple fieldwork elicitation techniques and/or corpus analysis.
|Number of hours per week during the semester/trimester/year
|Study and Research
|Methods of teaching
|Lectures, classroom discussions, practice classes, student presentations.
|Knowledge score (maximum points 100)
|Activites during lectures