Graduate Courses Schedule (Fall 2023)
For Ph.D./M.A. in Linguistics, M.A. in Computational Linguistics
LIN 651 in Fall 2023 will explore c-command, both conceptually, as a formal relation defined on phrase markers and one among a number of possible command relations, and empirically, as an explanatory element in the analysis of a wide range of linguistic phenomena. The broad goal is to deepen understanding of foundational notions in linguistic theory and to explore their exact nature and scope in empirical detail. Students taking 650 for 3 credits will be assigned their own individual “c-command puzzle” for the duration of the semester. This will be an example or paradigm of examples that appear to violate a proposed c-command condition on licensing. Their task will be to “rescue” c-command from the puzzle by the end of the semester and to present their solution in class.
In this course, we will discuss current topics in L1 and L2 phonological acquisition and development. Issues and themes to be covered will include the infant's initial perceptual capacities, developmental change in perception (specifically perception of speech), the interaction of speech perception & speech production, the development of prosodic elements of speech & effects on segmental aspects of language. Later in the semester, we will survey current theories of (adult) L2 phonological development, with special focus on L1 transfer, learnability, and perceptual assimilation.