LINGUIST List 31.3977

Mon Dec 28 2020

Summer Schools: In search of strange things - Field research, semiotics and the failed program of modern formal linguistics / Online

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 21-Dec-2020
From: Associação Brasileira de Linguística <>
Subject: In search of strange things - Field research, semiotics and the failed program of modern formal linguistics / Online
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Dates: 18-Jan-2021 - 31-Mar-2021
Location: Online,, Brazil

Focus: - Students will understand the basics of semiotics and how Peircean semiotics and Sassurean semiotics differ. - Students will learn to question some of the foundational assumptions of modern theoretical linguistics, especially the primacy of form over meaning. - Students will learn to use semiotic ideas in their linguistics analyses. - Students will learn to better evaluate claims of alternative theories, e.g. Role and Reference Grammar, Construction Grammar, Minimalism, and Formal Semantics. - Students will learn about the core role of culture in human semiotics and thus all aspects of human languages, from grammar to meaning..
Minimum Education Level: No Minimum

This course briefly outlines how modern linguistics has failed to live up to its potential as an empirical discipline and why an alternative approoach to the study of human communication and language is required. As we introduce basic concepts of semiotics, we simultaneously situate human language among semiotic systems, discussing points of contrast and comparison between human language and other animal communication systems. Following this general introduction, we proceed to examine what Everett (2017; 2018) labels G1, G2, and G3 languages and how these cause us to rethink several assumptions of modern linguistic theory, focusing on compositionality and the relation of language to thought. The course argues that the role of syntax, phonology, and morphology in human languages is to aid the interpretation of the human semiotic system. The course defends its most controversial points via data from field research around the world, but focuses on my own field research in the Brazilian Amazon.
Tuition Explanation: Free course

Registration: 21-Dec-2020 to 17-Jan-2021
Contact Person: Abralin

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