Selected topics in formal Slavic linguistics

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

Objectives and competences

The students are exposed to the current issues of modern Slavic linguistics. Before the start of the intensive seminar the students must study the literature assigned by the instructor on their own, including scientific articles to be discussed during the seminar.

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


Discussion of current linguistic investigations by the worldwide known linguists. The topics in formal Slavic linguistics including experimental results are pre-selected each year.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding of current topics in formal Slavic linguistics and related experimental results.


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 literatura:
• Chomsky, Noam. 1995. The minimalist program. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT press.
• Chvany, Catherine V., and Brecht, Richard D. 1980. Morphosyntax in Slavic. Columbus, OH: Slavica.
• Franks, Steven. 1995. Parameters of Slavic morphosyntax. New York, New York: Oxford University press.
• Rudin, Catherine. 1986. Aspects of Bulgarian syntax. Columbus, OH: Slavica.


• Active class participation (50%) • Final term paper on the topic connected with the content of the course (50%)

Lecturer's references

Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Nova Gorica.


  1. ALMOAMMER, Alhanouf, SULLIVAN, Jessica, DONLAN, Chris, MARUŠIČ, Franc, ŽAUCER, Rok, O'DONNELL, Timothy, BARNER, David. Grammatical morphology as a source of early number word meanings. 2013. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, ISSN 0027-8424, vol. 110, no. 46, str. 18448-18453.
  2. POHAR PERME, Maja, STARE, Janez, ŽAUCER, Rok, ŽAUCER, Matjaž. 2012. Comparison of the citation distribution and h-index between groups of different sizes. Journal of informetrics, ISSN 1751-1577, vol. 6, iss. 4, str. 712-720.
  3. ŽAUCER, Rok. 2013. A case for result-modifying prefixes. V: PODOBRYAEV, Alexander (ur.). Annual Workshop on Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics : the Second MIT Meeting 2011, (Michigan Slavic Materials, vol. 58). Ann Arbor: Michigan Slavic Publications, str. 290-304.
  4. MARUŠIČ, Franc, ŽAUCER, Rok. 2013. A note on sluicing and island repair. V: FRANKS, Steven (ur.). Annual Workshop on Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics : the Third Indiana Meeting 2012, (Michigan Slavic Materials, vol. 59). Ann Arbor: Michigan Slavic Publications, str. 176-189.
  5. ŽAUCER, Rok. 2011. Some multiply prefixed 'verbs' as covert serial verb constructions. V: KOSTA, Peter (ur.), SCHÜRCKS, Lilia (ur.). Formalization of grammar in Slavic languages : contributions of the Eighth International Conference on Formal Description of Slavic Languages, FDSL VIII 2009, University of Potsdam, December 2-5, 2009, (Potsdam linguistic investigations, ISSN 1862-524X, vol. 6). Frankfurt am Main: P. Lang, str. 391-405.