Syllabi from past versions of these courses are provided for download.
However, I use the d2l instructional software for most of my
classes, so current materials are available to registered students on
each course's d2l site.
- Linguistics 314. Introduction to
is an introductory course covering articulatory and acoustic phonetics,
with a strong lab component. The course includes a variety of hands-on
homework assignments, including measurement of vowel formants,
transcription of English and other languages, and evaluation of speech
synthesis programs. This course is also often taught by Diana
Archangeli, Diane Ohala, and other faculty.
- Linguistics 515. Phonological
phonetics. This is
an introductory graduate level course on phonetics and experimental
phonology. It covers articulatory and acoustic phonetics and speech
perception. The course includes a strong lab component to teach
students how to make acoustic phonetic measurements, and also involves
student presentations on several articles from the current
During the past few years, this content has been taught as modules of
Linguistics 510 and
514 (the phonology series). Linguistics 515 itself will probably
be taught again in 2011-12.
- Linguistics 507. Statistical analysis
linguists. This is a graduate level course for students working with
quantitative data in any subfield of linguistics or related disciplines
(phonetics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, sociolinguistics,
discourse analysis, second language acquisition). The course covers
ANOVA, ANCOVA, power, subjects and items analyses, correlation,
regression, and selected other methods that are used in linguistic
research. The course also provides instruction in using SPSS for
statistical analyses. This course requires only minimal math, but goes
into depth about issues of how statistical methods can be used to
analyze various types of linguistic data. This course is available to be listened to
on iTunes U! You must have iTunes on your computer.
Within the UA public iTunesU site,
click on Open Courses and scroll down to Spring 2010 or to 2008 (better
sound quality) and find Linguistics 507.
- Linguistics 421/521. Language
Maintenance, Preservation, and Revitalization. This is a joint
graduate/undergraduate course in which we try to move beyond bemoaning
the massive endangerment and loss of languages happening around the
world, and learn about what to do about this problem. We study
the many methods various communities have tried or used in maintaining,
increasing use of, or bringing back their heritage languages.
Methods range from dictionary making and other documentation
through school-based teaching, summer immersion language camps,
immersion preschools, and the master-apprentice program. We try
to analyze what factors contribute to a method being more or less
successful given the particular situation in which it is used.
This class is primarily discussion-based, beginning from articles
that document various communities' experiences with revitalization.
- Linguistics 478/578. Speech
technology. This is a
joint graduate/undergraduate course in speech technology, taught from a
linguistic perspective. The purpose of the course is to cover material
that students would find useful for working in the speech technology
industry, that is not covered by other linguistics courses or by
computer science courses. The main topics will be speech synthesis and
speech recognition, with some time devoted to speaker recognition and
other language technologies. This course requires either a previous
course in phonetics or programming background. This course
has also been taught by Ying Lin recently.
- INDV 101. Individuals and
Introductory general education course covering linguistic analysis and
sociolinguistics. Why do young people use the word "like" so much? Why
can't we talk to our computers in plain English? Should English be the
official language of the U.S.? Why is English spelling so crazy, and
should we fix it? Etc.
- Linguistics 689.
Professionalism in Linguistics. This is a 1-unit course for
linguistics Ph.D. students providing information and guidance on issues
such as careers, the job search, and the writing of CVs, job cover
letters, grants, and journal articles.
- Seminars. While at the University of Arizona, I have taught
two seminars, one on exemplar models
of speech perception and one on speech
reduction (e.g. in conversational speech).