Slovene Language III - Linguistic Seminar

This course is part of the programme
Bachelor's study programme Slovene Studies (1st Level)

Objectives and competences

The primary goal of this course is for the student to develop skills necessary for conducting independent linguistic research on a pre-prepared work plan. Subgoals include the preparation of the student for identifying relevant research questions and incorporation one's work in the context of previous findings, for critical thinking and critical assessment of reported research, for data organization and linguistic reasoning and argument construction, for coherent written and oral research reporting and for presenting intermediate and final results according to the formal standards of the discipline of linguistics.


Successful completion of this course requires familiarity with the contents of all mandatory linguistic courses of the Slovenian Studies program.


This course is an introduction to the skills necessary for independent research in linguistics. Aspects covered include: identification of relevant research topics, choosing appropriate methods, preparing a research work plan, critically assessing previous literature, structuring linguistic argumentation, data presentation, searching for literature, citing conventions and copyright issues, preparing written research reports, preparing oral research presentations.

On the basis of guided work on an original research question, each student prepares a term paper for which they have collected data in the context of previous literature
Under guidance of the instructor, each student prepares a term paper for which they have, in the context of previous literature, investigated an original research question, collected data, and analyzed the results. The student makes a formal presentation of the project in class. As individual projects can come from the subfields of any of the courses in the Slovenian Studies program, this course is related with all linguistic courses in the Slovenian Studies program.

Intended learning outcomes

The student will master contemporary form-and-contents research standards in the field of linguistics as well as the skills necessary for conducting all stages of an independent linguistic research project, which will have also prepared them for carrying out all stages of a BA thesis on a linguistic topic, including the thesis defense.


  • Macaulay, M. 2011. Surviving Linguistics: A Guide for Graduate Students (2. izdaja). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.
  • Wray, A., K. Trott, A. Bloomer. 1998. Projects in Linguistics. A Practical Guide to Researching Language. London: Arnold.
  • Materials handed out during the course
  • All readings from linguistic courses of the Slovenian Studies program and additional readings assigned on the basis of the student's topic of term paper


60% term paper / 20% term-paper oral presentation / 20% homework

Lecturer's references

Rok Žaucer is assistant professor of linguistics at the School of Humanities and the School of Graduate Studies of the University of Nova Gorica. His research topics include morphology and syntax (especially on the basis of data from Slovenian) and sociolinguistics and language consulting. In morphology, he focuses on derivation and the interface bewteen morphology and syntax.

ŽAUCER, Rok. The syntax of perdurative-prefixed verbs and the VP-internal/VP-external prefix distinction. V: ZIKOVÁ, Markéta (ur.), DOČEKAL, Mojmír (ur.). FDSL 8.5, 25. - 27. 2010, Brno. Slavic languages in formal grammar : proceedings of FDSL 8.5, Brno 2010, (Linguistik international, bd. 26). Frankfurt am Main: P. Lang, cop. 2012, str. 339-355. [COBISS.SI-ID 2147835]
MARUŠIČ, Franc, ŽAUCER, Rok. On Slovenian demonstrative reinforcers and the internal structure of demonstratives. V: HALUPKA-REŠETAR, Sabina (ur.). Selected papers from SinFonIJA 3. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2012, str. 76-104. [COBISS.SI-ID 2662907]
ŽAUCER, Rok. The reflexive-introducing na- and the distinction between internal and external slavic prefixes. V: SMIRNOVA, Anastasia (ur.), MIHALIČEK, Vedrana (ur.), RESSUE, Lauren (ur.). Formal studies in Slavic linguistics. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, cop. 2010, str. 54-102. [COBISS.SI-ID 1411835]
MARUŠIČ, Franc, ŽAUCER, Rok. On clitic doubling in Gorica Slovenian. V: FRANKS, Steven (ur.), CHIDAMBARAM, Vrinda (ur.), JOSEPH, Brian D. (ur.). A linguist's linguist : studies in South Slavic linguistics in honor of E. Wayles Browne. Bloomingdale: Slavica, 2009, str. 281-295. [COBISS.SI-ID 1109243]
MARUŠIČ, Franc, ŽAUCER, Rok. O določnem ta v pogovorni slovenščini (z navezavo na določno obliko pridevnika). Slavistična revija. [Tiskana izd.], jan.-jun. 2007, letn. 55, št. 1/2, str. 223-247. [COBISS.SI-ID 700923]
MARUŠIČ, Franc, ŽAUCER, Rok. On the intensional feel-like construction in Slovenian : a case of a phonologically null verb. Nat. lang. linguist. theory, vol. 24, no. 4, str. 1093-1159. [COBISS.SI-ID 589563]