After this course, the student will
• be able to understand the gist of state-of-the-art literature on a number of selected topics and be able to reproduce this using proper linguistic jargon;
• be able to express and evaluate (dis)similarities between various theoretical positions and you can reproduce this using proper linguistic jargon;
• be able to identify open ends and predictions of the various proposals;
• be familiar with and understand distinct methodologies used in current linguistic debates.
English, still the most popular lingua franca, is the best-studied language in the world. It is for this reason that it always features prominently in linguistic debates and new discoveries. In this course, you will get acquainted with a couple of these developments in which the study of English grammar plays a leading role. In addition, attention will be paid to real and actual linguistic debates. The course tries to pinpoint the nature of these issues and shows how progress can be made, by familiarizing you with distinct methodologies, such as linguistic argumentation, experimental approaches and/or the study of language acquisition. Although the focus is on English, the relevance that the study of other languages has for these discussions will not be ignored. The course is a good starting point for developing an idea for your bachelor thesis. |