Graduate Linguistics courses 2013-14

LINGUIST*9500Q/**9501Q - GRADUATE RESEARCH SEMINAR - Dr. Robert Stainton

Start Date: September 13, 2013

Time & location: Friday 12pm-3pm in University College room 317

 (0.25 credit);

 *LINGUIST9500Q: Course number reserved for 2nd year MA students only

**LINGUIST9501Q:Course Number reserved for 1st year MA students only

Course outline

A seminar for all students in the Linguistics M.A. program. Its objectives are: orientation to the program, its faculty and the larger University; development of professional and scholarly skills; and increased familiarity with various linguistic methodologies. It encompasses four kinds of classes. There are orientation classes to make students aware of the resources available to them across the campus: e.g., libraries, data bases, writing tutors. There will also be talks by faculty members, both to make students aware of the kind of research being done at Western, and to help them identify a potential supervisor for their Research Paper. These talks will also afford a survey of numerous research methodologies within linguistics. There will be workshop classes on professional skills such as: creating and maintaining an academic CV; drafting grant proposals and ethics protocols; compiling and formatting a bibliography; preparing abstracts and posters; applying to doctoral or professional programs; etc. Finally, second year students will be given an opportunity to practice presenting their work to a scholarly audience – whether it be a draft of their prospectus, a paper to be submitted for a conference, or what-have-you. Half course; one term.

LINGUIST9600A - SYNTAX: The Grammar of Raising and Control - Dr. Ileana Paul
Start Date: September 11, 2013

Time & location: Wenesdays from 9:30-12:30pm, in University College Room 138A

Course outline

The main goal of this course is to familiarize the students with current syntactic theory, by investigating the notions of raising and control and how they been analyzed over the past 50 years. Students will be expected to read original literature in the Principles and Parameters/Minimalism frameworks and will learn about different approaches to syntax (e.g. Relational Grammar, Lexical-Functional Grammar). Students will also learn to apply what they have learned to new data from different languages. Half course; one term.

LING9708A/SP9714A- Heritage Languages: maintenance, attrition and reacquisition - Dr. Silvia Perpiñan 

Start Date: September 12, 2013

Time and Location: Thursdays 3:30-6:30pm in Stevenson Hall Room 1119

Course outline

This seminar is devoted to the study of the language of heritage speakers, that is, bilingual speakers of an ethnic or immigrant minority language whose first language does not typically reach native-like attainment in adulthood. These speakers are raised in a language different from the community language and typically receive a reduced input of their mother tongue, resulting in incomplete acquisition and/or attrition of the minority language.

In this course, we will discuss topics such as the Critical Period Hypothesis, bilingualism in early life, language attrition, incomplete acquisition, arrested development, and language reacquisition later in life. We will read general studies on Heritage Linguistics as well as studies on particular heritage languages such as Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Korean. Half course; one term.

LINGUIST9451A/PHILOSOPHY3270F- Philosophy and Linguistics - Dr. Robert Stainton
Start Date: September 11, 2013

Time and Location: Wednesdays 3:30-6:30pm in Stevenson Hall (STVH) room 1157

Course outline 

A survey of key topics in the philosophical foundations of contemporary theoretical linguistics. The focus will be on the metaphysical issue of what sort of thing linguistics is about (e.g., something physical, mental or abstract?), and the epistemological issue of the proper evidence-base for linguistics. However, the seminar will also touch on more specific themes such as: unconscious rule following; modularity of mind; nativism about language; interfaces between syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Half course; one term.

Psychology 9120A- Bilingualism -Dr. Debra J. Jared

Start Date: September 10, 2013

Time & Location:Tuesday, 1:30 -4:30pm   in Social Science Centre room 7409/7405

Course outline

In this seminar we will examine psycholinguistic approaches to bilingualism. Topics will include theories of bilingual language representation and processing, cross-language transfer, language selection and switching, language comprehension , the critical period hypothesis, cognitive consequences of bilingualism, second language acquisition in children and adults, and the neuropsychology of bilingualism. Grades will be based on participation, a presentation, and a research proposal. It is expected that students will have taken Psychology 9101- Language and Concepts or who have a background in Linguistics." Half course; one term.

ANTH9215B -Discourse and Society (Discourse Analysis) -Dr. Karen Pennesi

Start Date: Monday January 6
Time & location: Mondays 9:30am-12:30pm in Social Science Centre room 3227
Course outline

We will learn multiple models for systematically analyzing discourse, broadly defined as communicative actions involving spoken or written language. We will explore how discourse is shaped by many things including the world as we know it, the structures of language itself, social relations, prior discourses, the limitations and possibilities of the medium, and various speaker purposes. We will also consider how discourse shapes each of these in turn. In this way, we will study discourse as both process and product. Students will learn how to evaluate different analytical approaches and determine what each can contribute to particular cases. Students are expected to make connections to their own research and apply the theories and methods from the readings to analyses of their topics of interest. Half course; one term.

LINGUIST9620B -Empirical issues in theoretical phonology - Dr. David Heap
Start Date: January 6
Time & location: Mondays 2:30-5:30pm in Sommerville House room 3355

 Course outline

We will survey a selection of topics as an overview of current phonological theory, based on the Cambridge Handbook of Phonology (Paul de Lacy, ed, 2007). Background from previous decades of (generative and other) phonological theory can be added as appropriate, along with other readings. The CHP is an online resource at UWO (  Half course; one term.

LINGUIST9210B/PHIL4210G/9612B - Problems in Philosophy of Language: Modes of Presentation - Dr. David Bourget
Start Date: January 11, 2014
Time & location: Fridays 12:30-3:30pm  in Stevenson Hall  room 1145
Course outline

This course will survey debates surrounding modes of presentation in philosophy of language. We will begin with the foundational work of Mill, Frege, and Russell before reading contemporary contributions by Chalmers, Fodor, Jackson, Salmon, and Soames, among others. Half course; one term.

LINGUIST9032B/3100B -Linguistics and Language Impairments- Dr. Elizabeth Skarakis-Doyle
Start Date: January 11, 2014
Time & Location: Fridays 8:30-11:30am in University Community Centre  room 65
Course outline

This interdisciplinary course addresses the contribution of linguistic theory and methodology to the understanding of developmental and acquired language impairments and conversely the contribution of the study of language impairments to linguistic theory, with emphasis on Domain Specific vs Domain General Theories. Brain/Language relationships, developmental considerations and types of language impairments including: Morpho-syntactic, semantic-pragmatic and pragmatic will be examined. Half course; one term.

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