Guilherme D. Garcia

Current and upcoming courses.

Spring 2018

ENG 320: Introduction to Linguistic Science (undergraduate)

There are more than 7,000 natural languages in the world. All these languages may look and sound different on the surface, but their fundamental building blocks are much more similar than people think. This course explores the components of such building blocks, namely, sound, structure, and meaning. We will investigate how sounds are produced and perceived by speakers of different languages, as well as how words and sentences are formed. We will also explore how languages are acquired by children and adults who study foreign languages. Above all, ENG 320 is about the scientific study of human language. We will therefore spend time thinking about the kinds of questions we need to ask to better understand language, and how we can empirically explore such questions to find adequate and satisfying answers.

ENG 321: English Linguistics (undergraduate)

The main goal of this course is to investigate the fundamental grammatical structures and relations that govern phrases and sentences in English. We will investigate different linguistic patterns and think about what generalizations can be made from such patterns. As a result, we will also discuss the rationale behind common syntactic constructions in English. In other words, this course will enable students to critically think about how English grammar works.

Summer 2018

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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