Methods in linguistic theory

This course is part of the programme
Doctoral study programme Cognitive Science of Language

Objectives and competences

To enable the students to independently obtain linguistic data from informants (as opposed to secondary sources, e.g. books, reports etc.) and to analyze raw informant data

• Ability to conduct independent field work in linguistics
• Ability to interact with informants during formulation and analysis of interesting and theoretically significant problems in linguistics


“Introduction to Syntax” and “Introduction to phonology”


The course focuses on the methodologies of obtaining raw language data from native informants. The data so obtained will be analyzed using theoretical tools introduced in the introductory theoretical courses.

Intended learning outcomes

Basic knowledge of field work in linguistics.


The readings will be determined based on the particular language discussed in the course.


Homework assignments and final term paper (50% / 50%).

Lecturer's references

Associate professor of Linguistics at the University of Gorica (prof. dr. Rok Žaucer).


  1. Marušič, F. & R. Žaucer. 2021. Investigation of Slovenian Copular Agreement. V S. Franks & A. Timberlake (ur.) Selected Proceedings of the 14th Meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society. In Honor of Peter Kosta. Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien: Peter Lang.

  2. Marušič, F. & R. Žaucer. 2021. Dual in Slovenian. In P. Cabredo Hofherr & J. Doetjes (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Grammatical Number. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  3. Marušič, F., R. Žaucer, A. Saksida, J. Sullivan, D. Skordos, Y. Wang, D. Barner. 2021. Do children derive exact meanings pragmatically? Evidence from a dual morphology language. Cognition 207: 104527.

  4. R. M. Schneider, J. Sullivan, F. Marušič, R. Žaucer, P. Biswasc, P. Mišmaš, V. Plesničar, D. Barner. 2020. Do Children Use Language Structure to Discover the Recursive Rules of Counting? Cognitive Psychology 117: 53-75.

  5. Marušič, F., P. Mišmaš & R. Žaucer. 2019. Looking for Cognitive Foundations of Functional Sequences. Studies in Polish Linguistics 14/1 (Selected Papers from the 11th Conference on Syntax, Phonology and Language Analysis): 53-75.