Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

Modern & Medieval Languages

Linguistic Theory

Linguistics Tripos Part IIB: Paper 5

Paper Coordinator 2013/14: Dr Henriëtte Hendriks

Past exam papers, examiners' reports, full reading lists and lecture handouts are available from the Linguistics Resources on CamTools.


The aim of the Linguistic theory paper is specifically to integrate the knowledge which Linguistics Tripos finalists acquire in their individual specialist linguistics papers and their general reading and thinking about language. It will thus be a true 'general' paper, whose purpose is to stimulate thinking about language and linguistic theory at a high level. All topics will therefore aim to do one or more of the following: to cross sub-disciplinary boundaries and/or to question them, to place the description of specific phenomena in the context of general linguistic theory, to raise questions of methodology common to more than one linguistic subdiscipline, to address the notion of linguistic theory, and to relate linguistics to its broader scientific and intellectual context.

Preparation will be primarily that for the specialist papers, with sessions in alternate weeks of the Michaelmas and Lent terms for Linguistics Tripos finalists.

Preliminary reading:

Anderson S. and D. Lightfoot (2002) The Language Organ. Cambridge University Press.
Fromkin, V. et al (2000) Linguistics: an introduction to linguistic theory. Oxford: Blackwell.
Jackendoff, R. (2002) Foundations of Language. Oxford University Press.
Newmeyer, F. (2005) Possible and Probable Languages. Oxford: OUP.
Radford, A. et al. (1999) Linguistics: an introduction. Cambridge:CUP.
Smith, N. (1999) Chomsky: Ideas and Ideals. Cambridge University Press.


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