About the Course

This course provides students with a comprehensive and interactive introduction to the Dynamic Syntax theoretical framework (Kempson et al. 2001; Cann et al. 2005). Dynamic Syntax is a formal model of utterance description which aims to capture the real-time parsing and production process. There is a broad consensus that humans process linguistic input incrementally, updating the meaning of the utterance after each word or morpheme.

However, the dynamics of this incremental on-line process has traditionally not been reflected in most formal linguistic accounts. Dynamic Syntax seeks to address this gap by providing a model of the way in which hearers build step-by-step semantic representations (and interpretations) from the information provided by words and morphemes in context. Unlike most formal frameworks, Dynamic Syntax succeeds in modelling the parsing and production process using the same tools and mechanisms. 

Who can participate?

Any interested PhD candidate or postdoctoral researcher who is currently enrolled or employed at a university. The participant should have a background in Linguistics or be working towards a degree in a related field of study.

The course will be of interest to students of linguistics, particularly in the fields of formal syntax, semantics, pragmatics and their interfaces, historical linguistics and language change, as well as computational linguistics and those working in computer science. 

Course Credit

5 ECTS will be awarded to students that take part in the course and complete both the written and oral assignment.

Venue and Schedule


Due to the current situation with COVID-19, the course will be held online using Zoom and prerecorded lectures.


May 21 - June 1, 2021