This module aims to introduce the essentials of linguistic structure through the discovery of regularities in actual data from various languages in the same way it is required at International Linguistic Olympiads. For the majority of the module, students will solve actual puzzles, i.e., problems that can be settled solely on the basis of a carefully selected array of data. Towards the end of the module, in preparation for their home assignment, students will have to gather and evaluate data themselves, and extract regularities from them. The aim is to cover the most basic types of problems that arise in connection with the phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics of human languages without introducing heavy theoretical machinery. However, the students may get acquainted with elementary linguistic concepts in all these fields as the module progresses. This module is suitable for anyone interested in languages and the structure of language and, more generally, in posers that can be solved by way of logic. Students can also build their profile by challenging themselves at the Hungarian edition of the linguistics olympiad, and, if they qualify, they can be part of the team representing Hungary in the international final in the following summer.
Module Leader:Baló András Márton