Guilherme D. Garcia

Recent, current, and upcoming courses.

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.

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.

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