Topics in Linguistics
CAS LX 500
Two sections, each covering a different topic, are offered 2014/15. Students may register for more than one section of CAS LX 500 (with different topics) for credit. Topic for Fall 2014: Variation in English Dialects. Exploration of how dialects of English differ from each other, focusing on grammatical variation in the US, with occasional forays into British dialects. Students come to appreciate how linguists investigate grammatical diversity scientifically, revealing the complex structure of non- standard dialects. Topic for Spring 2015: Melodies of English (and some other languages). Exploration and analysis of English melodic patterns. Students transcribe and even gather prosodic data (intonation, grouping, and prominence), using computer software and the ToBI framework. Comparisons of the English intonational system to systems of other languages of the world.