Introduction to an area of linguistic study not covered by the regular departmental course offerings.
Winter 2011 (cross-listed with Ling 580)
Subtitle: Temporal Semantics in English and Japanese
This course introduces the student to temporal semantics of natural language through two "comparative methods": (i) by investigating the behavior of nominal entities and temporal entities, and (ii) by drawing on data from the two typologically different languages: Japanese and English.
The instructor's book manuscript (Nominal and Temporal Semantics in English and Japanese) will be used as the textbook. This will be made available to the participants soon.
Prerequisite: LING 442/542, Ling 479/579 is definitely helpful but is not required. Knowledge of Japanese is also helpful, but is not essential.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
A paper is required at the end of the quarter.