Current 447 Courses


Additional information will be added to each section of LING 447 as soon as it comes available. Please do not contact the Department. Thank you!


LING 447C-001
Time:  T/Th,  9:30-11:00
Title:  Comparative Chinese Syntax: Inner Aspect
Pre-req: LING 300, some knowledge of some variety of Chinese will help, but it is not required.
Instructor: Rint Sybesma
Description: In this course we will investigate a number of varieties of Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, Luqiao Wu and Changsha Xiang) to get a better understanding of the part of the verbal domain which is sometimes referred to as “Inner Aspect”, i.e., the part between vP and VP. This means that we will talk about many different aspects of “argument structure”, such as the positioning and licensing of the external argument (VoiceP, vP) as well as the internal argument and matters related to aspect (viewpoint aspect and situation aspect). Concretely, topics we will investigate are resultatives, word order differences within the Sinitic language family, aspectual particles like Mandarin le and zhe and their counterparts in the other varieties, the Mandarin bǎ-construction and why colloquial Cantonese does not have it, etc.

LING 447U-001
Time:  T/Th, 14:00-15:30
Title:  Explorations of Phon with People
Pre-rq: LING 313
Instructor: Amanda Cardoso
Description: This will be a largely discussion-based course explores “people” and phonetics and phonology together by focussing on a number of specific themes, such as The SocioPhon Space, where we discuss regional and social variation. These themes will be used to explore a variety of questions about the way that people interact with each other and how this manifests in the phonetic and phonological production and perception of their languages. Different theoretical debates related to the topics will be discussed and methodological practices will be discussed and in some cases, you will gain hands-on experience using the methods and analytical techniques. Readings will be mostly primarily literature within the field.

LING 447V-001
Time:  M/W, 9:30-11:00
Title:  Syntax-Prosody Interface
Pre-rq: LING 300, LING 200 (LING 311 recommended)
Instructor:  Lisa Cheng
Description: This course discusses current issues in the study of the syntax-prosody interface, which concerns the interaction between syntactic structure and phrase-level phonology. We discuss two central questions: (a) What aspects of syntactic structure condition prosodic structures? and (b) Can prosodic phonology inform syntactic theories? We examine both direct-reference theories and indirect-reference theories, and discuss how the mapping between syntactic structures and prosodic structures is realized.


LING 447F-001
Time:  T/Th, 11:00-12:30
Title:  Structure of Washo
Pre-rq: LING 200, LING 201, and at least one of LING 300, LING 311 or LING 327
Instructor:  Ryan Bochnak
Description: This course is an introduction to Washo, an endangered indigenous language isolate of northern California and Nevada. We will examine various topics in phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. Throughout the course, Washo data will be discussed in their relevant theoretical contexts through lectures and readings. Students will have the opportunity to engage with a variety of language materials, including audio recordings, published texts, research papers, and field notes. Students will also gain some practical familiarity with the language and develop some basic conversational skills.

LING 447R-001
Time: M/W, 9:30-11:00
Title: Experimental phonetics/phonology
Pre-req: LING 313
Instructor:  Jahurul Islam
Description: In this course you will learn about the tools and concepts that are need for designing, implementing, phonetics experiments including analyzing the collected data. After successful completion of the course, you would be able to understand the basic life cycle of typical experiments in speech production and perception, and be able to design, run, and critique such projects. Much of the course will be devoted to learning practical skills needed to achieve these goals; therefore, this course will heavily focus on hands-on experience with the process of quality audio recording, automating annotation of speech sounds, interpretation of speech signal visualizations in the frequency and amplitude domains, measurement/extraction of acoustic features (e.g. vowel formants, pitch, duration). We will also learn how to use Praat MFC and PsyToolkit to design and administer perception and artificial learning experiments. We will often focus on finding answers to phonological questions via phonetic data touch upon doing basic statistics in R software package.