Graduate Linguistics Courses 2007-08:


LINGUIST600A  Principles of Generative Syntax - Michiya Kawai

A graduate level Introduction to principles of generative syntax for building the foundation for research on syntax. We examine how some of the major issues for current syntactic research are evolved, and investigate how they have been handled in various theoretical frameworks.

LINGUIST 819A Seminar in Sociolinguistics - Jeff Tennant

This course offers students the opportunity to explore the research literature on a range of topics related to the study of language and society, including sociolinguistic theory and research methodology, the ethnography of speaking, the role of social variables (such as age, socio-economic status and sex/gender) in language variation and change, bilingualism and language contact, and language policy and planning. Students will be encouraged to carry out an empirical analysis of a set of language data as part of their course project, but they may also elect to do a critical synthesis of the literature on a specific sociolinguistic issue. The concepts studied will be illustrated using examples drawn from various languages, but the primary focus will be on sociolinguistic aspects of French, Spanish and English. The language of instruction will be English; however the graduate program in which a student is enrolled may require that she or he submit all written work in French or in Spanish. Where the student's program imposes no such requirement, the student may choose to write in any of these three languages.


LINGUIST620B Empirical issues in theoretical phonology -David Heap
Thursday 9:30-12:30 in UC 317
A range of readings are used to examine development of phonological theory over a number of decades, from the early generative linear approaches to more recent non-linear alternatives. The emphasis is on the dynamics which drive change from one model to another, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of different  approaches in accounting for linguistic facts. Students explore a range of datasets from various languages to illustrate phonological processes and cross-linguistic typological patterns.

LINGUIST 660B Computational Linguistics - Robert  E. Mercer
A variety of structures found in natural language text (included syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic structures) will be introduced and computational methods used to uncover these structures will be investigated. The course will provide the necessary background.
Various tools and techniques will be presented. The student will research a topic of interest and present the findings in a presentation and a term paper. Other exercises will be given.


LINGUIST 800B Interfaces and L2 acquisition - Elena Valenzuela
Friday 10:30- 1:30  UC207
Course description TBA