|SES #||TOPICS||KEY DATES|
What's it all about?
Branches of linguistics.
Language acquisition: what's innate, what's learned?
The notion "lexicon"
No word or morpheme boundaries in the speech signal
Affixes: prefixes, suffixes
The rule "Merge"
How structure interacts with sound and with meaning
Affixes: reduplication, infixes
Solving morphology problems
Derivational vs. inflectional morphology
|Problem set 1 due|
|Phonetics (Sounds of Speech: Production and Perception)|
International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)
Articulatory phonetics / distinctive features
Consonants: place, manner, aspiration, nasality
Articulatory phonetics (cont.)
Acoustic phonetics, categorical perception
The McGurk effect
Problem set 2 due
Writing assignment 1 due
|7||Finish phonetics, start phonology|
|Phonology (Sounds of Speech: Their Grammar)|
Phonology vs. phonetics
|Problem set 3 due|
|9||Quiz #1: IPA, phonetics, perhaps some phonology||Problem set 4 due|
|10 - 12|| |
Phoneme and allophone
How to determine the phonemes of a language
Problem set 5 due
Writing assignment 2 due
Writing systems as a technology for representing speech
Types of systems: pictographic, syllabary, alphabet
Origins of the Roman alphabet
Phonemic vs. phonetic alphabetic writing systems
|Problem set 6 due|
|Syntax (Sentence Structure)|
Syntactic categories (noun, verb, etc.)
Subcategorization in syntax
Chomsky's Locality Condition on subcategorization
The notion "head"
Complements and adjuncts
Head-initial vs. head-final languages
Quiz #2: Syntax basics
Movement as "internal merge"
Patterns of pronunciation (overt, covert, split)
|Problem set 7 due|
The notion "parameter"
Movement and word-order variation
A language universal: the Final-over-Final Constraint (FOFC)
|Problem set 8 due|
|Acquisition of Syntax|
Stages of acquisition
Learning vs. innateness vs. maturation
|Semantics (Grammar of Meaning) / Semantics and Pragmatics |
|20 - 21|| |
Pronouns and binding
Negative polarity items
Problem set 9 due
Writing assignment 3 due
|Controversies, Myths and Crazy Rumors about Language|
Selected from such issues as...
Does the language of the Pirahã disprove theories about language?
Why did Stalin write articles about linguistics?
What does teaching children to read have to do with right-wing vs. left-wing politics?
How many words for snow does Eskimo have? Should we care?
Synchronic vs. diachronic linguistics
Internalist vs. externalist views of change
Pidgins, Creoles, Creolization
The Indo-European language family: language and culture
Linguistics and the Romantic movement
History of English
Problem sets 10 and 11 due
Writing assignment 4 due
|Dialects: Facts and Controversies|
What is a dialect?
The politics of languages and dialects
Dialects of North American English
The "Ebonics" controversy