These are the courses that I teach during the academic year 2019-2020. Click on a course title to see more details.

Syntax (287)

1st semester 2019-2020

Lecture:
Tuesday 16-18 and Thursday 14-16
Tutorial:
Tuesday 10-12

Course description

This course is an introduction to the generative approach to analyzing sentence structure. Elements of syntactic analysis are introduced: constituents and tree diagrams, arguments and modifiers, thematic roles and the theta criterion, movement and abstract syntactic representations. This course provides the tools for understanding the source of phenomena such as structural ambiguities and the formation of interrogative sentences.

Syllabus (in Hebrew, on BIU website)

More information and course materials will be available throught the course website on Moodle.

Case and Agreement (545)

2nd semester 2019-2020, Thursday 8-10

Course description

BA-level elective. This course provides an overview of major facts and analyses of two of the most important elements of the morphosyntax of human language: case and agreement. The course will involve discussion of data from a wide variety of languages to illustrate the range of variation, as well as the crosslinguistic constraints and generalization on the syntax of case and agreement. This leads to a discussion of the major theoretical questions surrounding the syntactic mechanisms underlying case and agreement and their interfaces with other components of the grammar.

Prerequisite: 37-287 or (for MA/PhD students) 37-987. This course is open to students at all levels (BA, MA and PhD); MA students will be required to do additional work to get MA credit for this course.

Syllabus (on BIU website)

More information and course materials will be available throught the course website on Moodle.

Natural Language Processing: Basic Concepts (546)

2nd semester 2019-2020, Thursday 10-12

Course description

BA-level elective. This course provides linguistics students with an introduction to the field of NLP, with a focus on developing an understanding of the kind of work being done in NLP and how this kind of work can benefit the field of linguistics. Students will be introduced to the basic terminology of NLP, and will get a high-level overview of some of the main questions, methods and challenges of the field. Special emphasis will be placed on trying to relate work done in NLP to work done in linguistics: At a theoretical level, the course will involve a discussion of areas of overlap as well as some important differences between the linguistic approach to language and the NLP approach. At a practical approach, the course will discuss opportunities for using NLP resources and methods as tools for linguistics research.

Prerequisite: 37-287 or (for MA/PhD students) 37-987. This course is open to students at all levels (BA, MA and PhD); MA students will be required to do additional work to get MA credit for this course.

Syllabus (on BIU website)

More information and course materials will be available throught the course website on Moodle.

Features in Syntax (872)

1st semester 2019-2020, Thursday 8-12

Course description

Grammatical features, such as number, gender, person and tense, play a central role in all contemporary approaches to syntax. This seminar focuses on some of the central issues related to features in syntactic theory, such as: analyzing agreement and its relation to other components of the grammar; feature geometries and asymmetries in feature values; the role of morphosyntactic features at the syntax-semantics interface; and alternative views of the notion 'feature' itself and the kinds of feature values allowed by the grammar of human languages.

Prerequisite: 37-287 or (for MA/PhD students) 37-987. This course is open to students at all levels (BA, MA and PhD).

Syllabus (in Hebrew, on BIU website)

More information and course materials will be available throught the course website on Moodle.