Graduate School

Formal analysis of a selected language family

This course is part of the programme:
Cognitive science of language Third Level

Objectives and competences

The primary goal of this course is to familiarize the students with the most relevant issues of current linguistic investigations of the selected language family (e.g. Germanic or Romance languages). Before the start of the intensive course, students must read and work through the required literature on their own. This literature includes scientific articles that will be discussed during the course.

The acquired competences are:

-Ability to critically think about a given linguistic topic and finding theoretically relevant data

-Ability to solve specific theoretical linguistic problems.

Lectures are organized as a weekly or biweekly intensive course.


Introduction to syntax, Introduction to phonology, Introduction to semantics

Content (Syllabus outline)

Results of the current linguistic investigations by the worldwide known linguists.

Intended learning outcomes

-Knowledge of current topics and problems in comparative linguistics, specifically in some domain of grammar (e.g. syntax) of a selected language family.

-Understanding the differences in manifestation of the universal grammatical principles in a concrete language or language family

-Experience with working with non-native language data, also with speakers of a selected language


- Vezana na konkretno vsebino predmeta (članki iz jezikoslovnih znanstvenih revij – Linguistic Inquiry, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Lingua, Language, Theoretical Linguistics, The Linguistic Review …).

-Dodatna temeljna literatura:

  • Chomsky, Noam. 1981. Lectures on government and binding. Dordrecht: Foris.
  • Chomsky, Noam. 1995. The minimalist program. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT press.
  • Chomsky, Noam. 2001. Derivation by phase. In Ken Hale: A life in language, ed. Michael Kenstowicz, 1-50. Cambridge, MA: MIT press.


  • Active participation at the lectures (50%) • final project on the topic connected with the course content (50%). During the intensive course students present their own research on the topic of the seminar.

Lecturer's references

Associate professor of Linguistics at the University of Nova Gorica.

University course code: 3JEZ030

Year of study: 1

Semester: 1-2

Course principal:



  • Lectures: 45 hours
  • Individual work: 135 hours

Course type: elective

Languages: english

Learning and teaching methods:
• lectures • individual work under supervision of the lecturer responsible for the course • presentation and interpretation of the student's own research in open class discussion • discussion of research articles on the selected topic