ELLiPs II: Advanced Graduate Linguistic Theory

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The Extended Learning in Linguistics for Postgraduates (ELLiPs) program is targeted at postgraduate researchers who are interested in developing their knowledge of linguistic theory. The Spring semester training program offers advanced workshops in Syntax, Semantics, and Phonology. For information on the introductory graduate classes we offer in these areas, see our Autumn semester course page.

Workshops offered

In Spring 2018, ELLiPs II will consist of two workshops on the Morpho-Phonological interface, and on the Syntax-Semantics interface. Students may register for one or both subject areas.

In this program, you will examine a specific area of  research in detail, guided by top scholars from a wide range of universities. Each week, you will be asked to read a selection of 1-3 journal articles to prepare for the meeting. The course meetings are 3 hours, and will consist of approximately 2 hours of lecture, and 1 hour of group discussion of the topic.

ELLiPs II is set at an advanced graduate level. If you have not previously taken ELLiPs I, or another graduate level class in the topic area, we recommend that you defer taking this class until after you have taken ELLiPs I. Below, we provide links to subject specific guidelines for what we will assume you are comfortable with prior to taking this class.

Click for subject area specific pre-requisites for taking ELLiPs II

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When and Where

All workshops will take place on Fridays in the Spring term at Universities within the White Rose network.

Details on the workshops for the 2017/8 academic year are:

Morpho-Phonology:

  • 2 March, Sheffield, 12:00-3:00 (note slightly different time from other sessions)
  • 9 March, Leeds, 11:00-2:00
  • 23 March, Sheffield, 11:00-2:00

Syntax-Semantics: 

  • 4 May, Sheffield, 11:00-2:00
  • 11 May, York, 11:00-2:00
  • 18 May, York, 11:00-2:00

How to book – Click here to complete your booking application for ELLiPs II.

Travel expenses

All Ph.D. participants should be able to claim expenses for travel from their home institution to the workshops. The method of claiming may vary depending on where you are a registered student. Instructions on how to claim will be included when your place on the workshop series is confirmed.

If you are instructed to claim directly from WRoCAH, please use the expenses claim form on our links page

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Syntax

Prior to beginning ELLiPs II, students are expected have a working understanding of the following undergraduate topics:

  • Constituency tests: Substitution, Ellipsis, Movement, Coordination
  • C-command
  • Lexical entries
  • C-selection and subcategorization
  • Head movement
  • Binding Theory
  • X-bar theory

Students are also expected to have familiarity with the following introductory graduate level topics, covered in ELLiPs I:

  • Phrasal movement
  • Case
  • VP shells
  • Locality/phases
  • Control

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Semantics

Prior to beginning ELLiPs II, students are expected have a working understanding of the following undergraduate topics:

  • Logical terms
  • Argument structure
  • Tree structures (basic level)
  • Movement and adjunction for QR
  • Previous experience with maths or logic may be helpful, but not necessary.

Students are also expected to have familiarity with the following introductory graduate level topics, covered in ELLiPs I:

  • Predicate/propositional logic
  • Typed set theory
  • Lambda calculus
  • Generalised quantifiers
  • Monotonicity
  • Definiteness
  • Tense/aspect
  • Semantics of questions

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Phonology

Prior to beginning ELLiPs II, students are expected have a working understanding of the following undergraduate topics:

  • Phonemes and allophones, contrastive and complementary distributions
  • Rules and representations in the generative approach (underlying representations —> surface forms)
  • Distinctive features
  • Morpheme alternation
  • Phonological process: assimilation/dissimilation, deletion/insertion, lenition/fortition, reductions
  • Primary and secondary stress
  • Syllable structure
  • Weight and moras

Students are also expected to have familiarity with the following introductory graduate level topics, covered in ELLiPs I:

  • Generative Phonology and Optimality Theory
  • Autosegmental-Metrical Theory (analysis of intonation)
  • Match Theory and the Syntax-Phonology Interface
  • Prosodic and Metrical Phonology
  • Phonetics-phonology interface
  • Lexical Phonology and Stratal Optimality Theory

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