SYNTAX & SEMANTICS @ STANFORD




The Linguistics Department offers a spectrum of courses in syntax and semantics, ranging from introductory courses to advanced seminars on cutting-edge research.

The primary focus of our syntax curriculum is the development of empirically well-supported, formally sound analyses of phenomena of theoretical interest, particularly those that can be related to more general models of language processing and use. Our courses bring a wide range of theoretical perspectives to bear to the phenomena under study and emphasize the benefits of using diverse methodologies, including collecting data in the field, analyzing corpus data, and carrying out laboratory experiments.

Our semantics curriculum covers the areas traditionally described as lexical semantics, formal semantics and pragmatics. There is a marked focus on language use and on broadening the scope of semantic inquiry.

The department offers introductory courses in various syntactic theories, in lexical semantics, and in formal semantics and pragmatics, at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Additionally there are several graduate seminars each year dedicated to exploring particular topics of theoretical and empirical importance. Topics of recent and upcoming seminars include (2013-2014 courses in bold):


A full listing of linguistics courses can be found here.