LING 497 - Capstone Seminar
Section: 002 Theories of Focus: Syntax, Semantics, and Phonology
Term: WN 2012
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
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Enforced Prerequisites:
LING 313, 315 and 316.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Focus is that rare topic in Linguistics which has spawned serious work in Phonology, Syntax, and Semantics. Considering a pair of sentences such as (1), Phonology must determine which words are stressed (indicted by SMALL CAPS below), Syntax must derive the unusual word order, and Semantics must distinguish what extra meaning is imparted by such devices.

(1) JOHN, I like; MARY, I love.

This seminar will examine all three of these perspectives on Focus, with a slight emphasis on Semantics. (Term papers may be on any aspect of Focus.) Subtopics to be examined include, but are certainly not limited to, the assignment of pitch accents, Focus and word order, Focus across languages, and Question-Answer Congruence.

LING 497 - Capstone Seminar
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001 (SEM)
W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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