Courses taught • Cours enseignés
Ling 1104/2104: Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology
An introduction to the sounds of speech, their description (phonetics), organization (phonology), and interactions with morphology (morphophonology). The patterns and regularities of language will be demonstrated through analysis of data selected from English and other languages.
Ling 3155: Introduction to Language Acquisition
This course examines a number of critical issues in the first and second language acquisition of syntax and phonology. Current generative approaches to first and second language acquisition will be covered, which will be exemplified with data from different languages. Topics include: learnability and the logical problem of acquisition; competence versus performance; properties of the input; inter-relations between first and second language acquisition; Universal Grammar; and the Critical Period Hypothesis.
Ling 3201: Generative Phonology
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a grounding in Generative Phonology. The first part of the course will be a review of general phonological terms, concepts and methodology. The remainder of the course will present the basic terms, concepts, and methods in some detail. The following topics will be discussed: allophonic variation, distinctive features, redundancy, segmental and sequential constraints, underlying representations, rule ordering, abstract and concrete analyses, different types of phonological processes, and morphophonological analysis.
Ling 4201/6200: Phonological Theory
The course familiarizes students with current issues in phonological theory and non-linear phonology. Issues such as phonology in the lexicon, segmental and prosodic representation, the analysis of stress and tonal systems, as well as a comprehensive introduction to constraint-based approaches to phonology is covered. Students further develop their ability to analyse phonological data.
Ling 4150/6150: Language Acquisition II
Evaluation of methodological, empirical and theoretical aspects of current research in language acquisition, from the pespective of linguistic competence, linguistic performance and learnability. Specific topics include the acquisition of first and subsequent languages, with a consideration of developmental speech disorders and the acquisition of exotic languages.
Ling 4700/6700: Experimental Phonetics
This course investigates empirical methods for studying the different stages of ‘the speech chain’ which links speaker to hearer, with special emphasis on the acoustic and perceptual stages. The source-and-filter theory of speech production is explained and demonstrated through practical exercises using the Praat software package for the analysis of speech acoustics. We also review a range of natural articulations and their acoustic effects.
Ling 4150/6150: Advanced Topics in Phonological Development
This course focuses on recent developments in research on the first language acquisition of phonology. Findings from experimental and naturalistic studies, as well as their analyses and implications for linguistic theory will be discussed. Topics will cover segmental and prosodic development as well as child-specific processes such as consonant harmony and velar fronting.
Ling 7000: Seminar in Research Methods
This course provides practice in research and bibliographical techniques regularly used in linguistics, as well as in techniques used in the preparation of paper abstracts and research grant applications. It also serves as an introduction to ethical concerns in research, as well as to issues related to university teaching and research.