LING 492 - Topics in Linguistics
Section: 002 Corpus linguistics
Term: WN 2012
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
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May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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The goal of this course is to learn how to obtain quantitative data from linguistic corpora/databases and how to use them to make linguistic arguments. We shall look at a variety of data, such as transcribed lexicons (e.g., English, German, Dutch, and Chinese), spelled lexicons (many such languages), phoneme inventories (P-base and UPSID), text corpora, and spoken corpora.

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Practice projects will focus on phonology, e.g., how to use linguistic corpora/databases to obtain information on phoneme inventory generalizations, feature generalizations, markedness, phonotactics, syllable structures, lexical frequencies, neighborhood density, and co-occurrence patterns of words. However, the methods are applicable to a wider range of linguistic data. We shall mainly use Excel to program and process data, although you are welcome to use other software programs.

Each student is expected to write a term paper, using quantitative data obtained from one or more corpora, in order to critique a published study, to improve on it, or to solve a new problem

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LING 492 - Topics in Linguistics
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002 (SEM)
M 1:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (SEM)
Th 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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