PSYCH 808 - Special Seminar
Section: 007 Analyzing Language Corpora
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Credits:
3
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing and permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This class is a graduate level coverage of the theory and methods of Corpus Linguistics as they relate to language description and comparison, usage-based linguistics, psycholinguistics, child and second language acquisition, language change, and genre and discourse analysis. These approaches are potentially relevant to students from Psychology, Linguistics, Education, English and Education, the Language Departments, School of Information, Center for the Study of Complex Systems, and Communication Studies. We welcome interdisciplinary interaction. We will bias towards participant interest and need.

We will look at existing corpora of English (British National Corpus, Corpus of Contemporary American English, Google ngrams, the web as corpus), of child language (from CHILDES and Talkbank), of learner language (International Corpus of Learner English), of spoken language (SwitchBoard), and of University Language (MICASE, MICUSP), as well as cover the steps involved in building your own specialized corpus. We will work with packages such as AntConc, CLAN, R, and NLTK for quantitative and qualitative analysis. We will consider methods for extracting words, collocations, formulaic phrases, grammatical constructions, and distributionally derived semantics, and the statistical means for describing their distributions and for comparing their occurrence over genre, speaker, time, or group. We will consider available norms of language usage, language representation, and psycholinguistic processing.

There is no course text. We will be reading research articles.

Course Requirements:

Students will perform several small corpus analysis projects and present key papers on the way to designing their individual research project. Specific course requirements will be individually negotiated with the instructor.

Intended Audience:

This seminar is designed for students who want to analyze large collections of language. Particular focus will be made upon student research interests. Undergraduates may take the course with permission of instructor.

Class Format:

Discussion-based seminar and language analysis projects.

PSYCH 808 - Special Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
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31518
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9
9PSYCH Grad
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M 1:30PM - 4:30PM
002 (SEM)
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23963
Closed
0
2PSYCH Grad
4
Th 1:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (SEM)
P
26258
Open
18
3PSYCH Grad
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F 1:30PM - 3:00PM
004 (SEM)
P
29264
Open
2
6PSYCH Grad
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F 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Note: Psych 808-004 meets in 4464 East Hall.
005 (SEM)
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31519
Closed
0
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
006 (SEM)
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31520
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2
2Graduate Standing
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W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
007 (SEM)
P
31521
Closed
0
 
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W 3:00PM - 6:00PM
008 (SEM)
P
26071
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5
 
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M 5:30PM - 6:30PM
009 (SEM)
P
31524
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10
10PSYCH 230 or 240
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W 9:00AM - 12:00PM
010 (SEM)
P
23121
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8
8PSYCH Grad
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TBA
Note: arranged
011 (SEM)
P
33629
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2
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Note: PSYCH 808-011 Topic Title: Promoting Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace
012 (SEM)
P
34384
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7
 
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Th 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: PSYCH 808-012 instructor is Professor Gal Sheppes
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