Fall '99 Course Guide

Courses in Linguistics (Division 423)

Fall Term, 1999 (September 8 December 22, 1999)

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Ling. 102. First Year Seminar (Humanities).

Section 001 Languages of Europe

Instructor(s): Peter Hook (pehook@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~pehook/ling102.html

This seminar will introduce participants to the major national languages of Europe, including most of those taught here at the University of Michigan. (We will also look at some regional languages, such as Basque and Gaelic.) Through oral presentations, discussion, and readings about particular languages students will come to know something about human language in general: In what ways do languages differ and in what ways are they the same? How do languages develop through time? What is linguistic identity and how does it inform history, politics, and the structure of society? Through a series of written assignments students will also gain an understanding of the fundamental techniques of linguistic analysis.

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Ling. 102. First Year Seminar (Humanities).

Section 002 Exploring Diversity in Language

Instructor(s): Sarah Thomason (thomason@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This is a hands-on linguistics course: the students will learn about language by discovery, not primarily from instruction in books or lectures. One goal is to show that language isn't necessarily what grammar teachers (of English or any other language) say it is: a sentence like "He ain't got no money", for instance, is not illogical. But the major aim of the course is to give a glimpse of the differences in language structure and language use that characterize all language communities. Diversity is rampant within a single language almost everyone speaks more than one dialect, no two people have exactly the same vocabulary, and even the most hallowed grammatical rules don't always work as well as between two languages. Diversity can be found at all levels of linguistic structure, in word meanings, sentence structures, word structures, and the structures of sound systems. Students will learn about all of these through mini-experiments, analyses of language data, and class discussions of readings and results.

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Ling. 102. First Year Seminar (Humanities).

Section 003 Deciphering Ancient Languages

Instructor(s): William Baxter (wbaxter@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The written remains of ancient cultures if we can read them can tell us a great deal about how the human world got the way it is. This course examines how linguistics can help in deciphering ancient languages. We will study a number of ancient scripts, including some already deciphered (Mesopotamian cuneiform, Egyptian hieroglyphics, the Linear B script of Mycenean Greece), some now being deciphered (Mayan hieroglyphs), and some which still await decipherment (e.g., Linear A of Crete, the Mohenjo-Daro script of ancient India). Assignments will include background readings, exercises with actual texts, short papers and reports to the class, a midterm, and a final exam.

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Ling. 112. Languages of the World.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (SS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Language, according to one prominent view, is what makes us human. Certainly it pervades virtually every aspect of human existence. But few people realize how rich the linguistic universe is until they consider the variety of linguistic devices and practices employed by speakers of the 5000-6000 known languages of the world. The goal of this course is to provide an understanding of, and appreciation for, the diversity of human languages and in this way to enhance students' sophistication about their own language(s) and culture(s). We will concentrate on two main questions: first, how do languages resemble, and differ from, each other in sounds, word structure, and sentence structure? And second, what are some linguistic and sociopolitical results of situations in which two or more languages come into contact? The context for these investigations will be a study of selected language families, both in class and in individual student projects.

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Ling. 210. Introduction to Linguistic Analysis.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Thomas Toon (ttoon@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (SS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Nothing is more distinctly human than our ability to use language. Because of that, we expect that the study of language can provide insight into human nature. This course is an analytic introduction to the methods linguists use for describing languages (although general training in analytic thought is our ultimate goal). Drawing on examples from a large number of the world's languages, we will look at the sounds of language, how they are produced and how they pattern into words; we will study the diverse ways in which individual languages approach processes of word and sentence formation, while we ask whether there are processes universal to all languages. By focusing simultaneously on language data and on the techniques used by linguists to make sense of these data, we will see that our understanding of the object of inquiry (language) is influenced by our methods of inquiry. Requirements include problem-solving assignments, quiz(zes), midterm and final exams; no prerequisite except an interest in language and thinking.

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Ling. 211. Introduction to Language.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Christina Tortora (ctortora@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (SS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

From time immemorial human beings have been curious about language about its structure, its diversity, its use, and its effects on others. In this course, we will explore the human capacity for language, beginning with the ways language differs from animal communication and with how children acquire language. We will then review major aspects of language structure (sounds, words, sentences) and apply them to discussions of current dialects of English such as Black English. After a brief investigation of the relationship between language and thought, we will consider social attitudes toward language. Here we will debate questions such as: Is sign language a real language or just pantomime? What is "Standard English" and is it better than "dialects" of English? Course work includes eight short homework assignments, one midterm, and a final exam.

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Ling. 212. Introduction to the Symbolic Analysis of Language.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Diana Cresti (dcresti@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (MSA).

Credits: (4; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is an introduction to some basic mathematical concepts and techniques used in the representation of linguistic meaning. Set theory, first-order logic, and (elementary) model theory. The main focus of this course will be learning how to construct rudimentary models of natural language with these mathematical tools. We will investigate the extent to which these models succeed in approximating natural language, and analyze some of their better known failures (e.g., why do people often believe that "Every cat sneezed" and "No cat sneezed" are contraries of each other? Why can't our models account for this?). We will also attempt to systematize our understanding of these problems, and discuss possible ways of overcoming (some of) them. There will be weekly exercises, a midterm, and a final exam.

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Ling. 305. Advertising Rhetoric.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jeffrey Heath (jheath@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course considers how verbal and visual advertising messages are interpreted by consumers within a cultural context. About two fifths of the course are spent on cultural issues, and another two fifths on the technical analysis of advertisements (primarily magazine), leaving time for small-group creative competitions at the end. The rhetorical analysis emphasizes the inherent contradictions in most advertising messages. For example, products and institutions are often positioned as both old (hence trustworthy) and new (hence state-of-the-art and forward-looking). The advertisement itself is an impersonal monologue, but may simulate a more personal, interactive format. These rhetorical dilemmas influence the most minute formal features of an advertisement, ranging from typeface selection to photographic depth effects, and encourage the use of irony, fantasy, and humor. After analyzing advertising for culturally sensitive product types (cigarettes, liquor, lawn care, fragrances, diamonds, automobiles, corporate image, political campaigns), small teams of students will compete with each other in pitching sketched-out advertising campaigns to a corporate "client." The creative work will be technologically simple. Students with a strong graphics background are discouraged from enrolling. There is no quantitative marketing analysis.

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Ling. 313. Sound Patterns.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jose Benki (benki@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Ling. 210 or 211. (3). (SS).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course explores two fundamental aspects of the sounds of human languages: speech sounds as physical entities (phonetics) and speech sounds as linguistic units (phonology). In viewing sounds as physical elements, the focus is articulatory descriptions: How are speech sounds made? What types of articulatory movements and configurations are used to differentiate sounds in the world's languages? In this part of the course, the goal is to learn to produce, transcribe, and describe in articulatory terms many of the sounds known to occur in human languages. In the next part of the course, the focus is on sounds as members of a particular linguistic system. Phonological data from a wide range of languages are analyzed that is, regularities or patterns in sound distribution are extracted from the data set and then stated within a formal phonological framework. We will also construct arguments to support the proposed analyses, and will find that phonetic factors play a crucial role in validating phonological analyses. Throughout the course, a major emphasis is that speech sounds are simultaneously physical and linguistic elements, and that these two aspects of sound structure are interdependent. Class sessions will consist of lectures, phonetic practice, and discussion of phonological data sets. Course grades will be based on weekly assignments, midterm, and take-home final exam. Linguistics 210, 211, 411, or permission of instructor is required to take the course.

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Ling. 315. Introduction to Sentence Analysis.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Teresa Satterfield (tsatter@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Ling. 210 or 211. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course introduces the foundations of generative syntactic inquiry. Methodological issues are first presented, including discussions of mentalism, cognitive capacities, mind vs. brain, knowledge vs. behavior, and the difference between studying "languages" as opposed to investigating human cognitive capacities such as the human capacity to acquire natural language systems. A formal syntactic analysis of certain central aspects of syntax is constructed as a vehicle for presenting the fundamental aspects of contemporary syntactic theory, while concurrently illustrating the application of the methods discussed in the first part of the course.

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Ling. 350. Perspectives on Second Language Learning and Second Language Instruction.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Joan Morley (hjmorley@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Ling. 210 or 211. (3). (Excl).

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The purpose of this course is to explore past and current directions in both theoretical and practical aspects of second/foreign language learning and teaching. The course will examine a number of language learning/teaching paradigms and focus on the changing forms and functions of methodology, technique and approach as the emphasis of language pedagogy has shifted from teacher directed, drill and pattern practice to learner focused, task based instruction. Students will have an opportunity to reflect upon and analyze their own language learning experiences and begin to critique and understand the instructional needs of varying language learning populations.

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Ling. 385. Experiential Practice.

Instructor(s): Patrice Beddor (beddor@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for a total of six credit.

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Students will participate in (and, if necessary, be trained for) a service project, through the Program in Linguistics and/or the English Language Institute. Though projects will vary from term to term, they may usually be expected to involve either one-on-one tutoring (in literacy, English as a Second Language, or linguistics, for instance) or formal teaching outside the University, or some mix of these. The course is designed for linguistics concentrators, and good academic preparation in core linguistic concepts is assumed. Each project will have a faculty supervisor, whom students should contact for specific information, and to determine eligibility and any special requirements.

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Ling. 395. Individual Research.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Adequately prepared students can pursue individual research with a member of the faculty.

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Ling. 406/English 406. Modern English Grammar.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Richard Cureton (rcureton@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See English 406.001.

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Ling. 410/Anthro. 474. Language and Discrimination: Language as Social Statement.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Robin Queen

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (SS).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In this course we examine the interplay between language and ideological processes, particularly as they function below the level of conscious awareness. We are concerned with the suppression of linguistic variation; that is, with the development of a standard language ideology, which is understood to be a bias toward an abstracted, idealized, (but ultimately unattainable) homogenous spoken language, modeled on variants favored by the white, middle American mainstream. This ideology is one of many social practices on which people depend without close analysis of underlying assumptions. In this class, we will look into those assumptions linguistic and social and about the arguments used to uphold them. We will examine the way in which these behaviors are institutionalized by the media, the entertainment industry, school systems, business community, and the judicial system, all of which promote standard language ideology and underwrite assimilatory and often discriminatory practices, the goal of which is to suppress perfectly functional language variation intimately linked to homeland, race, ethnicity, ability (e.g., as it relates to the use of signed rather than spoken languages), or gender. We will look at issues of language choice and accent as legal issues in the courts, including battles about "hate speech". This course should be of interest to those concerned with non-mainstream language varieties as a cultural resource and asset, historical heritage and potential complication in supra-cultural communication. An introductory linguistics course would be helpful but is not essential.

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Ling. 411. Introduction to Linguistics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Not open to students with credit for Ling. 211. (3). (SS).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is designed as an introduction to the field of linguistics for graduate students who have an interest in the nature of language. Upper-class undergraduates are also welcome. We will cover a wide range of topics related to language, with somewhat more focus on the core areas: phonetics; phonology; morphology; syntax; and semantics. In addition, students will learn the essential techniques for describing and analyzing linguistic data through working on examples taken from various languages of the world. There will be weekly exercises, a midterm, a final, and a small project. Students who have already had a general introduction to linguistics should enroll in an introduction to a specific field within linguistics: 313 (Sound Patterns), 512 (Phonetics), 513 (Phonology), 514 (Semantics and Pragmatics), 515 (Generative Syntax), 517 (Principles of Historical Linguistics), or 542 (Sociolinguistics).

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Ling. 416. Field Methods in Linguistics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): John Lawler (jlawler@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One course in phonetics or phonology and a course in syntax. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The objective of this course is to provide students of linguistics (and well-prepared others) with an opportunity to apply the methods of linguistic analysis and theory that they have studied. Working directly with a native speaker consultant, we will analyze a language which is unfamiliar to the students. This course is the culmination of any linguist's formal training; it turns out that one needs all the linguistics one knows in order to make sense of an unknown language, which is always full of perplexing subtleties and unexpected phenomena.

Starting with the sounds, and moving to the larger structures of the language, we will produce analyses of its phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. In the process, we will use special software developed by the Summer Institute of Linguistics specifically for field work in unknown languages.

At least two short papers, and one final term paper, involving an analysis of some aspect of the data collected will be required. There is no textbook, though there will be readings in a course pack. As a lab class, we will schedule an extra hour a week of elicitation by arrangement.

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Ling. 447/Psych. 445. Psychology of Language.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Stefan Frisch (sfrisch@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Psych. 340. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will survey the field of psycholinguistics, which addresses two related questions: First, to what extent are the theories of linguistic "competence" psychologically real (i.e., part of the linguistic knowledge of real speaker-hearers)? Second, what are the psychological patterns of linguistic "performance", the use of language in real time? These questions will be answered by examining children's acquisition of language, to see what aspects of language are innate and what aspects are learned; by studying language processing during production and perception, and language impairments resulting from brain damage, which reveal how language is stored and manipulated by the brain; and by investigating "special cases", like bilingualism, American Sign Language, and second language acquisition, to determine whether language is part of the general cognitive system or an independent module. This course will explore both the psychological reality of language and the tools used to examine it scientifically.

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Ling. 492. Topics in Linguistics.

Section 001 Text-to-Speech Synthesis. Meets with Linguistics 792.001

Instructor(s): San Duanmu (duanmu@umich.edu), Stefan Frisch (sfrisch@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This is a lab-oriented course that offers hands-on experience in text-to-speech (TTS) synthesis. We will focus on the concatenative TTS technique, although other approaches will also be discussed. The students will learn the basic components of a TTS system and work on several projects in small groups. Prerequisite: knowledge of linguistics or a programming language.

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Ling. 492. Topics in Linguistics.

Section 003 Romance Phonetics. Linguistics 313 or permission of the instructor is required. Meets with Linguistics 792.003

Instructor(s): Jose Benki (benki@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is an introduction to the methods and results of acoustic and articulatory phonetics through the use of data from Romance languages where possible, including Catalan, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese as well as varieties of these and other Romance languages. Topics will include an introduction to the acoustics of speech, transcription theory, vowel and consonant production, source-filter theory, coarticulation, and intonation. We will cover in detail phonetic phenomena that are widespread in Romance, such as palatalization, voicing contrasts, spirantization, and nasalization. Requirements will include a small-scale acoustic study of some Romance language data. Linguistics 313 or permission of the instructor is a prerequisite.

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Ling. 492. Topics in Linguistics.

Section 004 Languages and Peoples of Eastern Europe, Russia, and Caucasus

Instructor(s): Vitalij Shevoroshkin (vvs@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This class is a brief acquaintance with 150 languages and peoples of Eastern Europe, Russia, and Caucasus "a mountain of languages". Topics will include: Spread of the Russian language in Siberia, Caucasus, and Central Asia, as compared with the expansion of English in America; Russification policy in the former Soviet Union; Languages of Eastern Europe and Russia under dictatorship; Language as a weapon: forbidden books, songs, and anecdotes as a tool which ultimately brought down the Communist system in Eastern Europe and Russia; Cultural differences between peoples speaking different languages; National character as seen through the language: differences in the meaning of the words FREEDOM, FRIENDSHIP, EMOTION in Russian and in English; Russian and East European languages today: a massive borrowing from American English; Recent achievements in language study in Russia and Eastern Europe. Specialists in the area as well as singers of native songs will be invited. Several videofilms will be shown. Students will be evaluated by their discussion in class, as well as by their written homework.

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Ling. 493. Undergraduate Reading.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of the concentration advisor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit with permission of concentration advisor.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

An independent study course for undergraduates.

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Ling. 495. Senior Honors Reading Course.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of concentration advisor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

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Ling. 512(412). Phonetics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Patrice Beddor (beddor@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Ling. 313. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course introduces students to the nature of speech sounds. One goal is to provide an overview of the types of sounds in the world's languages, and to train students in the production and transcription of these (sometimes "exotic". sounds. Practice with speech sounds is accomplished through native-speaker presentations, in-class exercises, and computer demonstrations. A second goal is to arrive at an understanding of the speech process, which involves transmission of an acoustic signal from a speaker to a listener, and a corresponding description of speech sounds in terms of their articulatory, acoustic, and perceptual characteristics. In achieving this goal, students are introduced to basic principles of phonetic theory through readings, lectures, and hands-on experience in the phonetics laboratory. A third goal is to investigate interactions among articulatory, acoustic, and perceptual properties and to consider their possible consequences for the structure of sound systems. These phonetic properties are viewed as imposing a set of constraints on the notion of "possible speech sound" and as contributing to the definition of "possible speech sound system" for human languages.

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Ling. 515(415). Generative Syntax.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Christina Tortora (ctortora@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Ling. 315. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course introduces an approach to the analysis of syntactic phenomena known as the "Principles and Parameters" framework. In this (generative) framework, syntactic structure is taken to be generated by (a) a formal rule system, and (b) a finite set of constraints which apply to the output of the rule system. Some of these rules and constraints are hypothesized to be innate, or "unlearned." Other aspects of our linguistic knowledge, however, appear to be "learned." In this course we will focus on how the various postulated rules and constraints interact to generate natural language structures.

Course requirements include weekly assignments, one midterm, and one final. Through the assignments, students will learn (among other things) how to construct a solid argument for one hypothesis over another, how to integrate independent empirical evidence to support a hypothesis, and how to evaluate the merit of one hypothesis over the other based on purely theoretical grounds.

For undergraduates, Ling 315 or permission of the instructor are prerequisites. This class will rely heavily on my notes, which will be posted on a "Ling 515" website. As a supplementary text, we will be using Introduction to Government & Binding Theory, by L. Haegeman, Blackwell 2nd Edition.

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Ling. 517(417)/Anthro. 519/German 517. Principles and Methods of Historical Linguistics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Sarah Thomason (thomason@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate standing, or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is an introduction to the theories and methods that enable linguists to describe and explain processes of linguistic change and historical relationships among languages. The major topics to be covered are the emergence of language families and means of establishing family relationships; sound change; grammatical change, especially analogy; language change caused by culture contacts; the Comparative Method, through which prehistoric language states can be reconstructed with an impressive degree of accuracy; internal reconstruction, a less powerful but still important method for gaining information about linguistic prehistory; and ways in which the study of current dialect variation offers insights into processes of change. Course requirements: regular homework assignments (45%), final exam (45%), class participation (10%).

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Ling. 541/CS 595/EECS 595. Natural Language Processing.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Rich Thomason (rthomaso@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior standing. (3). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

An introduction to the concepts and techniques of computational linguistics, based on the programming language PROLOG and using as a textbook Natural Language Processing in PROLOG by G. Gazdar and C. Mellish. The course is designed to be suitable either for: (1) linguists who have worked with some of the formalisms used to describe the syntax, morphology, phonology, and semantics of natural language; or (2) computer scientists who have learned programming techniques and are familiar with data structures and algorithms. Students taking this course should either have had some linguistics courses in core areas such as syntax, or training in Computer Science, including programming and some other core CS courses. There will be midterm and final exams, and a course project.

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