Seminário de Especialidade em Linguística Geral (not translated) - 1st semester


General goals: At the end of this seminar students should be able to:
a) address the challenges that are currently posed in the study of linguistics in a sustained manner;
b) conduct research leading to a PhD dissertation in one of the areas of this seminar
c) adequately master specific terminologies and methodologies according to the most relevant theoretical models related to the different areas of this seminar;
d) develop interface relationships between, at least, 2 different areas of this seminar
Note: considering the different modules proposed in this seminar, thematic adjustments may be made every year and specific objectives may be defined, according to the course design agreed between the tutor and the student.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Alexandra Fiéis, Helena Topa Valentim


Weekly - 2

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Teaching language





M1: Maddieson, I. (2010). Typology of Phonological Systems. In Song, J. J. (Ed.). The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Typology. Oxford: OUP. | Prince, A. (2002). Anything goes. In Honma, T., M. Okazaki, T. Tabata, & S. Tanaka (Eds.). New century of phonology and phonological theory (pp. 66–90). Tokyo: Kaitakusha.
M2: Haspelmath, M. & A. D. Sim (2010). Understanding Morphology. London: Hodder Education (2nd ed.) | Lieber, R. & Š. Pavol (Eds.). (2014). The Oxford Handbook of Derivational Morphology. Oxford: OUP.
M3: Biberauer, T., A. Holmberg; I. Roberts & M. Sheehan (Eds.) (2014). Parametric variation: null subjects in minimalist theory. Cambridge: CUP. | Roberts, I. (Ed.) (2017). The Oxford Handbook of Universal Grammar. Oxford: OUP.
M4: Abbott, B. (2010). Reference. Oxford: OUP. | Evans, N. (2011). Semantic typology. In Song, J. J. (Ed.). The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Typology. Oxford: OUP.

Teaching method

Seminar sessions will combine the presentation of theorectical topics with the presentation and discussion of papers, and the analysis of case studies. Students will be invited to participate, actively, in conferences, congresses, workshops, ….

Evaluation method

Method of evaluation:
Two essays (1 in each module - 30% - or, alternatively, 1 essay (15%) in one area and a report of a conference / conference participation in other area - (15%); 1 scientific paper on a theme / problem to be defined during the working sessions (60%); participation in the seminar (10%).

Subject matter

M1. New challenges in Phonology: 1. Representational models in Phonology: a. Feature geometry; b. Optimality theory; c. Harmonic grammar; 2. Typologies in Phonology: a. Segmental Phonology (phonotactics, frequency and segmental patterns); b. Suprasegmental Phonology: syllables, rhythm, intonation.
M2: New challenges in Morphology: 1. Different languages, different morphologies: a. analytic, synthetic and isolating languages; b. plurality of nouns; 2. Neoclassical word-formation: a. neoclassical elements: roots, affixoids, or affixes?; b frontiers between derivational morphology and compounding.
M3. New challenges in Syntax: 1. Typology of pronouns: universal and particular properties; 2. Null subjects: a. The status of pro; b. The role of agreement.
M 4: New challenges in Semantics: 1. From meaning to signification: theoretical models and paradigms in semantic analysis; 2. Building up reference: semantics-pragmatics interface; 3. TMA – a typological perspective.


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