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Spring 2019

ENG 625: Phonology (graduate)

This course revisits three prosodic levels, namely, the syllable, the foot, and the (phonological) word. In the first half of the course, we will explore a central representational assumption in phonological theory, i.e., the syllable. We will then discuss how the notion of syllable is tied to phonotactics, language typology as well as L1 and L2 acquisition. Our discussion of the syllable will end with a suprasegmental phenomenon, namely, the realization of tone. From tone, we will move up the prosodic hierarchy to explore the notions of foot and phonological word and their relevance to stress and accent across languages.

In the second half of the course, we will examine how rule-based and constraint-based theoretical frameworks have accounted for the aforementioned phenomena. We will contrast two fundamental concepts regarding phonological phenomena, namely, categoricity and gradience, which are traditionally associated with phonology and phonetics, respectively. We will see how phonology in the last three decades has blurred the lines between those two concepts, which will bring us to probabilistic approaches.

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.

Summer 2019

ENG 686: Topics in Linguistics (graduate)

Topic: Quantitative approaches to linguistic data

To understand how language works, we need to be able to collect and examine linguistic data. This course will explore how different linguistic processes can be quantitatively analyzed. The course will discuss data visualization and data analysis based on the examination of different linguistic phenomena in a series of published studies. We will explore how such studies were designed, how the data were presented and analyzed, and what conclusions were drawn from the data. We will focus primarily on studies in Psycholinguistics, Phonology, Phonetics, and Second Language Acquisition.

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