Research seminar: Current trends in syntax II

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

Objectives and competences

The primary goal of this course is to familiarize the students with the most relevant issues of modern syntactic theory.
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


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

Intended learning outcomes

-Knowledge of current topics and problems in contemporary syntactic theory.
-Knowledge of current topics and problems in experimental syntax.
-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



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

Lecturer's references

Associate professor of Linguistics at the University of Niš.


  1. Arsenijević, Boban. 2019. Serbo-Croatian Split Vocatives: Class Change via Lexicalization. Linguistic Inquiry. 50 (2), 425-438.
  2. Arsenijević Boban, Jana Willer‐Gold, Nadira Aljović, Nermina Čordalija, Marijana Kresić Vukosav, Nedžad Leko, Frane Malenica, Franc Lanko Marušič, Tanja Milićev, Nataša Milićević, Petra Mišmaš, Ivana Mitić, Anita Peti‐Stantić, Branimir Stanković, Jelena Tušek, Andrew Nevins. 2019. Elided Clausal Conjunction is not the Only Source of Closest-Conjunct Agreement: A Picture-Matching Study. Syntax. 22(3). 1-25.
  3. Willer Gold, Jana, Boban Arsenijević, Mia Batinić,; Nermina Čordalija, Marijana Kresić, Nedžad Leko, Lanko Marušič, Tanja Miličev, Nataša Milićević, Ivana Mitić, Anita Peti-Stantić, Branimir Stanković, Tina Šuligoj, Jelena Tusek, Andrew Nevins. 2018. When linearity prevails over hierarchy in syntax. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). 115/3, 495-500.
  4. Alsina, Alex and Boban Arsenijević. 2012. The two faces of agreement. Language 88/2, 388-390.
  5. Arsenijević, Boban and Wolfram Hinzen. 2012. On the absence of X-within-X-recursion in human grammar. Linguistic Inquiry 43/3, 423-440.