Topics in Linguistics

CAS LX 500

Three 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. Topics for Spring 2015: Section A1. Melodies of English (and some other languages). (The prerequisite for this section is CAS LX 510 or consent of the instructor.) 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. Section B1. "Having" and "Being" across Languages. Languages differ startlingly in how they express the apparently basic concepts of "possession" and "essence". Students explore this variety and its implications, addressing fundamental questions about linguistic relativism, language universals, and the relationship between structure and meaning.

FALL 2014 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
A1 Myler KCB 104 TR 12:30 pm-2:00 pm

SPRG 2015 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
A1 Ahn CAS B20 TR 3:30 pm-5:00 pm
A1 Ahn CAS 327 W 1:00 pm-2:00 pm

Note that this information may change at any time. Please visit the Student Link for the most up-to-date course information.