Units of Study

LNGS3690 - Issues in Theoretical Linguistics

Semester 2, 2013  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Dr Toni Borowsky/ Dr Nick Riemer


This unit introduces students to the methods of linguistic argument through careful study of a current debate in theoretical linguistics. Students learn to identify and assess the underlying assumptions, to work out what evidence would confirm or disconfirm the hypotheses made by different parties in the debate, and to draw conclusions as to which hypotheses are more likely to be useful or correct. They also learn to situate the debate within the wider contexts of linguistic theories and language description. Students are asked to contact staff members to discuss potential topics.


1x4000wd paper (70%), 1x2000wd tutorial paper (30%)


1x2-hr seminar/week


Credit average in 18 senior credit points from Linguistics. The units must include (LNGS2601 or LNGS2001) and (at least one of LNGS2602, LNGS2002, LNGS2003, LNGS2603)




  10am 11am 12pm 1pm 2pm 3pm 4pm 5pm




The information displayed above is indicative only as online information is subject to change without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney