Meeting times: Mondays 4-7pm, room CAS 330.
Professor. Paul Hagstrom, 718 Commonwealth
Ave. (Dept. of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures), Office
401B. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(likely to get a quick response). Phone: 617-353-6220 (x3-6220).
Office hours: M 11-12,T 3-4, R11-12pm.
Prerequisites. CAS LX 522 ("Syntax
I"), or permission of the instructor.
Course goals. This course has a somewhat
mixed focus: on one hand, we will be looking at recent issues in
language acquisition from a theoretical perspective, gearing up
for the BUCLD conference in November. On the other hand, we are
going to spend a lot of time getting acquainted with computerized
tools of use to the linguistic researcher. Therefore, not everything
will be about acquisition, and not everything will be done on computers,
but I hope to strike a reasonable balance.
Course Requirements. Completion of about
10 labs and homework assignments over the course of the semester, as well as weekly reading assignments and class discussion.
Email. Whenever feasible, homework (or
project proposals, or final papers) can be emailed to me at email@example.com.
Text-only is preferred, but you may also send PDF, RTF, or Microsoft
Word files. Postscript and Word Perfect files are less welcome,
and don't even bother sending TeX or LaTeX files. If you don't know
what I'm talking about, just hand in a paper copy. Wherever email
won't work for any reason (e.g., for tree diagrams), homework can
be turned in at the beginning of class. Be aware that if you use
any special fonts, I may not be able to read your homework--be
sure you know how to "include" nonstandard fonts (or
send it to me early, so I can let you know if I was unable to read
Late assignments. Late assignments will
be accepted only by prior arrangement with me.
Labs and homework assignments (ten)
CAS Student Academic Conduct Code. It
is essential that you read and adhere to the CAS Student Academic
Conduct Code. In particular, several types of plagiarism (any attempt
to represent the work of another as your own) are defined by this
academic conduct code. A copy is available in CAS 105.
Textbooks. There is no textbook
for this course, but readings will be assigned from journals and
Readings. This course will sometimes
rely on outside readings from the linguistics literature (journal
articles, manuscripts, and excerpts from books). These readings
will be available in the hallway outside my office suite, in a folder
labeled LX865. You may take the readings out for no more
than an hour to make a personal photocopy, and then they should
be returned to the folder so that others may photocopy them.
General announcements, news, homework notes and trivia will be posted on the LX865 blog throughout the semester.
Homework scores (and discussion forums and chat rooms) are available at the WebCT page for LX865 (WebLogin required).