The course includes lectures on various linguistic areas and language families, which survey the most important languages of an area, their history and the basic linguistic features found among the grammars of the area. During the seminars, students discuss papers devoted to specific grammatical phenomena.
The course is intended to survey the basic characteristics of the main linguistic areas (defined geographically) and to familiarize the students with a range of linguistic phenomena, primarily in grammar.
After completing the course, the student should:
Know: the basic characteristics of linguistic areas and the most prominent parameters of typological variation,
Be able to read and discuss grammatical descriptions as well as studies devoted to specific grammatical phenomena.
Foley W.A. (1986) The Papuan Languages of New Guinea. Cambridge: CUP.
Goddard C. (2005) The languages of East and Southeast Asia. Oxford: OUP.
Golla V. (2011) California Indian Languages. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Haspelmath M. (2002) The European linguistic area: Standard Average European, in: M. Haspelmath et al. (eds).Language typology and language universals.Berlin: de Gruyter, p. 1492-1510.
Heine B., Nurse D., eds. (2008) A Linguistic Geography of Africa. Cambridge: CUP.
Kibrik A.A. (2002) A typologically oriented portrait of the Athabaskan language family, in: В.И.Подлесская и др. (Ред.) Третья зимняя типологическая школа. Материалы лекций и семинаров. М.: РГГУ, p. 38-48
Krishnamurti B. (2006). The Dravidian Languages. Cambridge: CUP.
Masica C. P. (1991) The Indo-Aryan Languages. Cambridge: CUP.
Meier R.P., Cormier K., Quinto-Pozos D., eds. (2004) Modality and structure in signed and spoken language. Cambridge: CUP.
Mithun M. (1999) The Languages of Native North America. Cambridge: CUP.
Muysken P., ed. (2008) From Linguistic Areas to Areal Linguistics. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Nichols J. (1992) Linguistic Diversity in Space and Time. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
Rickford J.R., McWorther J. (1997) Language contact and language generation: Pidgins and Creoles, in: The Handbook of Sociolinguistics. Coulmas (ed.) Blackwell.
Shibatani M. (1990) The Languages of Japan. Cambridge: CUP.
Suarez J.A. (1983) The Mesoamerican Indian Languages. Cambridge: CUP.
Tucker Childs G. (2003) An introduction to African Languages. Amstedam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
van der Auwera J. (2011) Standard Average European, in: B. Kortmann & J. van der Auwera (eds), The languages and linguistics of Europe: a comprehensive guide. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, p. 291–306.
Winfuhr G., ed. (2009) The Iranian Languages. London: Routledge.
Woodard R.D., ed. (2008) The Ancient Languages of Asia-Minor. Cambridge: CUP.
Participation in classes (20% of the final grade); discussing a specific paper at the seminar (40% of the final grade); answering questions during an oral exam (40% of the final grade).
Guidelines for Knowledge Assessment:
Attending classes and participating in discussions; concise and coherent forms during the oral exam.
Methods of Instruction: lectures and seminars
Special Equipment and Software Support (if required): a projector.