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Reading group

LingData is a reading group I organize in the Department of English at Ball State. We meet regularly to discuss (i) papers in linguistics and (ii) data analysis. This is a student-led reading group, where graduate students have a chance to practice for conference presentations, share their own research projects, and talk about technical difficulties they encounter when designing experiments, colleting or analyzing data.

Current courses

Spring 2020

ENG 601: Research in English Studies (graduate)

This course will introduce graduate students to qualitative and quantitative methods applied to linguistic research. We will discuss (A) how to motivate research questions, (B) how to design experiments (or consult language databases) to examine such questions, and (C) how to quantitatively analyze linguistic data to test a particular hypothesis. Parts of this course will focus on applying concepts to real research questions and data. As a result, a number of classes will be workshop-based, and will depend on students’ active participation.

ENG 626: Morphology and Syntax (graduate)

In the first half of this course, we will examine the internal structure of words, and how that structure may sometimes affect how words are pronounced. We will especially look into word formation processes, and how languages differ regarding their morphological traits. In the second half of the course, we will explore parts of speech, sentence structure, and syntactic analysis (e.g., X-bar theory), focusing on topics such as thematic roles, case, and movement. Throughout the course, we will also discuss how morphological and syntactic processes affect second language acquisition.

ENG 332: Phonetics & Phonology (undergraduate)

We all know that Siri and Alexa are not perfect: understanding speech is a highly complex task after all. That complexity is the topic of ENG 332. In the first half of the course, we will explore how language sounds are articulated and understood. Our emphasis will be on Phonetics, both articulatory and acoustic, which will include phonetic transcription and acoustic analysis. The second half of the course will be dedicated to Phonology: How is it possible that we all understand each other if speech is so complex and variable? We will discuss universal principles that govern phonological structures across human languages, which in turn will help us understand what abstract units such as syllables and words are, and what kinds of phonological phenomena are attested.

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