Advanced Linguistics: Linguistic Data Sets

Module Leader:
László Kálmán
2017-2018 Spring
Natural Sciences

The aim of this module is to prepare students for “linguistic aptitude tests” in linguistics, for modern, classical and oriental languages. Such aptitude tests usually present sets of data from natural (or invented) languages and sometimes, statistical data originating from their use. Solving them requires a basic knowledge of linguistic concepts and notation, good skills in discovering linguistic regularities on the basis of a limited amount of data from unknown languages, as well as a basic familiarity of the presentation of statistical data. Although some of the problems can be seen as purely logical puzzles, since their medium is always the structure of some natural language, each problem illuminates some peculiarity that some human languages exhibit. The module consists of problem solving individually, jointly and in smaller groups, and discussing the solutions.