Current 447 Courses

2017W – Term 1


Course #:  447P

Title:  Advanced Phonology

Pre-req:  LING 311

Days/times:  WF 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Instructor:  Douglas Pulleyblank

Description:  Discussion and critical analysis of current issues in phonological theory.


Course #:  447L

Title:  Advanced Syntax

Pre-req:  LING 300

Days/times:  TTh 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Instructor:  Michael Rochemont

Description:  Discussion and critical analysis of current issues in syntactic theory.



2017W – Term 2

Course #:  447O

Title:  Advanced Semantics

Pre-req:  LING 327 or PHIL 220

Days/times:  MW 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Instructor:  Hotze Rullmann

Description:  Discussion and critical analysis of current issues in semantic theory. A basic introduction to syntax is recommended (e.g., LING 100, LING 201,  or ENGL 331).


Course #:  447G

Title:  Computational Linguistics: Python Programming for Linguists

Pre-req:  LING 300 and LING 311

Days/times:  MW 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Instructor:  Scott Mackie

Description:  This course is an introduction to the Python programming language. The focus is on using Python to address problems of interest in linguistics, such as finding minimal pairs, modeling inflectional paradigms, and parsing sentences. No experience in computer programming is required.


Course #:  447N

Title:  Information Structure

Days/Times:  T Th / 11 am – 12:30 pm

Instructor:   Michael Rochemont


Information Structure (IS) is relevant to every area of linguistic investigation.  It finds expression in natural language in intonational and segmental phonology, in morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics.  The last couple of decades have seen an explosion of work on its ramifications for theoretical and experimental research in the phonetics/phonology, phonology/syntax, syntax/semantics, and semantics/pragmatics interfaces, and in areas as diverse as field work, L1 and L2 acquisition and processing, L2 pedagogy, language disorders, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, and computational linguistics.  In this course, we investigate the central theoretical notions of IS (focus, givenness and topic), their relation to one another, their expression in different languages and language families, and different theoretical perspectives that are brought to bear on these notions.  Students will engage with primary literature and prepare a research report on a topic in one of the areas listed above.  Prerequisites: any two of LING 300, 311, 327, 313.


Course #:  447H

Title:  American Sign Language  (NB. This course does NOT meet the “Research Requirement” for the BA or the “447 Requirement” in the Linguistics and Speech Sciences Majors.)

Pre-req:  tba

Days/times:  WF 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Instructor:  tba

Description:  tba