Mathematical methods are essential for understanding current work in many central areas of linguistics. This course will focus primarily on methods from discrete mathematics, which are crucial for many linguistic frameworks. The course will introduce notations and concepts from the areas of set theory and logic, which belong to the basic repertoire of linguistic methods and will be needed throughout the course of study.

Students should acquire sufficient competence in basic notations, terminology and concepts of mathematics for their studies in linguistics. The topics of the course comprise the most essential mathematical notions needed in general linguistics, computational linguistics, document processing and information management. Familiarity with concepts such as sets, functions and propositions, and the ability to work with simple proof techniques will be expected in subsequent courses. The main purpose of the course is to equip the participants with the most basic mathematical tools which they will need in their linguistics courses.