Topics in Slovenian linguistics

This course is part of the programme
Master's Degree Programme Humanities Studies

Objectives and competences

• To introduce students to current developments in linguistic theory and current issues in linguistics;
• To present students linguistically interesting topics in Slovenian;
• To offer students the opportunity to conduct original linguistic work on any topic related to Slovenian language.


In order to successfully participate in in-class discussions and to follow the lectures, the student should take the introductory linguistic courses. This course is related to other courses in the programme curriculum.


The content of this course is not fixed and as such will change from year to year. The overall aim of the course is to offer an in-depth exploration of current issues relating to natural language in relation to recent developments in linguistic theory. The organization of the course is such so as to enable investigations of issues within the various fields of linguistic theory, i.e. to cover topics in syntax, semantics, phonology or any other field in linguistics.

Intended learning outcomes

The students will have some knowledge about various topics that fall under the structure of Slovenian. They will know the basic literature about it and the main directions of current research.



Active participation in in-class discussions (40%).
Final term paper (60%)

Lecturer's references

Prof. Dr. Franc Marušič is a lecturer in linguistics at the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Postgraduate Studies at the University of Nova Gorica. His main area of research is syntax, mainly on Slovene data, but he also occasionally focuses on the interface between language and other cognitive abilities, sociolinguistics and language counselling. At the University of Nova Gorica, he is also a lecturer in the Individual Research I course in the Linguistics Department of the second cycle Slovene Studies programme.

Selection of articles:
MARUŠIČ, Franc, ŽAUCER, Rok, SAKSIDA, Amanda, SULLIVAN, Jessica, SKORDOS, Dimitrios, WANG, Yiqiao, BARNER, David. 2021. Do children derive exact meanings pragmatically? : evidence from a dual morphology language. Cognition 207, [COBISS.SI-ID 42393347],
MARUŠIČ, Franc, ŽAUCER, Rok. 2021 Investigation of Slovenian copular agreement. V: FRANKS, Steven, TIMBERLAKE, Alan, WIETECKA, Anna W (ur.) Selected proceedings of the 14th meeting of the Slavic linguistics society : in honor of Peter Kosta. Berlin [etc.]: Peter Lang. Str. 141-170. [COBISS.SI-ID 95704579].
MARUŠIČ, Franc, ŽAUCER, Rok. 2021. Dual in Slovenian. V: HOFFHER, Patricia Cabredo (ur.). The Oxford handbook of grammatical number. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Str. 428-444. [COBISS.SI-ID 72925187]
MARUŠIČ, Franc, SHEN, Zheng. 2021. Gender Agreement with Exclusive Disjunction in Slovenian
Acta Linguistica Academica 68(4): 516-535. [COBISS.SI-ID 84895491]
SCHNEIDER, Rose M., SULLIVAN, Jessica, MARUŠIČ, Franc, ŽAUCER, Rok, BISWAS, Priyanka, MIŠMAŠ, Petra, PLESNIČAR, Vesna, BARNER, David. 2020. Do children use language structure to discover the recursive rules of counting?. Cognitive psychology, 117. [COBISS.SI-ID 5520635]
MARUŠIČ, Franc, MIŠMAŠ, Petra, ŽAUCER, Rok. 2020. Zakaj velika okrogla rdeča čestitka in ne rdeča velika okrogla čestitka? : poskus razlage nezaznamovane stave pridevnikov. V: KRAJNC IVIČ, Mira (ur.), ŽELE, Andreja (ur.). Pogled v jezik in iz jezika : Adi Vidovič Muha ob jubileju. Maribor: Univerzitetna založba, 2020. Str. 103-115. [COBISS.SI-ID 21145603]