LING 313 - Sound Patterns
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
LING 111 or 210.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course explores three fundamental aspects of the sounds of human language: (i) Acoustic reality. Speech sounds are physical phenomena – they are literally just air molecules put in motion by the speech organs and traveling from the mouth of the speaker to the ear of the listener. We will look at how the shape and properties of the speech organs influence the nature of the speech sounds. (ii) Mental abstractions. But speech sounds also have an abstract mental representation in the mind of the language user, and function as part of the abstract grammar of the language user. We will also look at the properties of these mental representations and the structure of the grammatical systems in which they incorporated in the mind of the language user. (iii) The interaction between these two. Lastly, we will look at how the acoustic reality and the mental representation of speech sounds are related to each other. What are the generalizations that can be stated about the way in which listeners of different languages map different acoustic events onto mental representations? Do all listeners do this in the same way? Do listeners of different languages maybe map the same acoustic event onto different mental representations? The whole semester will be structured around these three issues. We will look at different approaches that have been taken to these issues over the past several decades. This will give us the opportunity to review some of the major theoretical developments in phonology in recent years. Course grades will be based on regular homework assignments, a midterm, and a research paper or final take-home exam. LING 111, 200, 210, or permission of instructor is required to take the course.

LING 313 - Sound Patterns
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
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