LING 492 - Topics in Linguistics
Section: 004 Grammatical and Non-grammatical Influences on Production and Perception
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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There are many different factors that influence how humans produce and perceive language, including grammatical factors (phonology, syntax, and the like), and non-grammatical factors (speech situation, speech rate, frequency structure of language experience, etc.). In this class, we will explore the possibility that all of these factors are under at least partial subconscious control of the human mind. It is not the case that the speaker/listener is in control of the grammatical factors, while the non-grammatical factors impinge on his/her performance from the outside. The speaker/listener controls all of these factors, and shapes his/her language production and perception accordingly. Since the topic of class spans across several sub-disciplines of linguistics, we will also read literature from many sub-disciplines, including theoretical linguistics, sociolinguistics, and psycholinguistics. A large part of the class will be dedicated to the methodological question: How does one go about to do research in this area? We will work with datasets from the literature and analyze them according to different approaches. But we will also consider how one would collect new data through corpus searches, experimentation, and so on.

There are three requirements for this class:

  1. Reading and participation: Students will do the assigned readings and participate in the class discussion of the readings. Especially graduate students may also be required to lead class discussion about some of the readings.
  2. Homework: There will be a few homework assignments, mostly geared towards practicing how to apply the concepts covered in class to data.
  3. Project: Every student will complete research project on a topic related to the class.

LING 492 - Topics in Linguistics
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004 (SEM)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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