Guilherme D. Garcia

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Fall 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 623: Phonetics and Phonology (graduate)

In this course, we will examine and compare the concrete and abstract realities of sound patterns across languages. We will start with the physical reality of speech sounds (i.e., Phonetics), and the complex processes that allow us to communicate so effortlessly. We will then move up to a more abstract/symbolic level (i.e., Phonology): how can we understand each other if speech is so variable and dynamic? The second half of the course will cover common phonological phenomena, and compare two different theoretical frameworks commonly adopted to explain such phenomena, namely, rule-based and constraint-based models. To conclude, we will briefly examine current trends in experimental and theoretical Phonology.

Spring 2019

ENG 601: Research in English Studies

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, in the second half of the course, (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 be based on students’ active participation.

ENG 625: Phonology

In this course, we will examine in detail central topics in phonological research. We will contrast different theoretical frameworks, especially constraint-based (probabilistic) models, and discuss how phonology has changed in the past twenty years.

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