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  • Advanced Probabilistic Modeling in R

    Roger Levy

    Probabilistic modeling is transforming the study of human language, ranging from novel theories of linguistic cognition to sophisticated techniques for statistical analysis of complex, structured linguistic data to practical methods for automated processing of language. Doing cutting-edge research in these areas requires skill with probability and statistics, familiarity with formalisms from computational linguistics, ability to use and develop new computational tools, and comfort with handling complex datasets. This course will cover both theory and application, covering conceptual fundame

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  • Contrast in Phonology

    Darya Kavitskaya

    The notion of contrast is central to linguistic theory. In this seminar, we will address theoretical approaches to contrast from Ferdinand de Saussure to the latest work by Paul Kiparsky.


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  • Introduction to Discourse Analysis

    Barbara Johnstone

    Discourse is a focus of study in most of the humanities and social sciences, and discourse analysis is practiced in one way or another by anthropologists, communications scholars, linguists, literary critics, and sociologists, as well as rhetoricians.  Discourse analysts set out to answer a variety of questions about language, about writers and speakers, and about sociocultural processes that surround and give rise to discourse, but all approach their tasks by paying close and systematic attention to particular texts and their contexts.  We are all familiar with the informal discourse analy

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  • Introduction to Language Disorders

    Patrick C. M. Wong

    This survey course introduces non-clinical students to fundamental concepts of language disorders in pediatric and adult populations.  Characteristics of primary language impairment, aphasia, dysarthria, and hearing impairments, as well as articulation, fluency, and voice and other related disorders affecting language are among the topics to be discussed.  Diagnostic techniques and treatment strategies are also introduced. 

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  • Introduction to Statistics with R

    Stefan Th. Gries

    This course introduces the participants to the basic logic underlying statistical description and analysis, teaches them how to compute and visualize descriptive statistics, and how to perform monofactorial statistical tests of linguistic data from both observational and experimental settings. The course will use the open source programming language and environment R and will be loosely based on Gries (2013), the second edition of my textbook 'Statistics for linguistics with R'.

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  • Language and Law

    Lawrence Solan

    During the past half century, enormous strides have been made by linguists, philosophers and cognitive psychologists in coming to an understanding of the human language faculty.  Some of this progress has direct implications for the legal system.  This course is designed to study some of the most interesting of these interactions.  In particular, we will ask how this learning should cause us to question some of the tacit assumptions about language that are embedded in the law, and how knowledge about the human language faculty can bear directly on the resolution of disputes within the legal

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  • Language and the Body

    Daniel Casasanto, Susan Goldin-Meadow

    Language isn't created by a computer, or a brain in a jar. It's created by people using their bodies to interact with each other and the world around them. Since the human body is both the birthplace of language and the instrument through with language is produced and perceived, the structure and content of language are profoundly shaped by specifics of our bodies.

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  • Language Conflict & Language Rights

    Stanley Dubinsky, William Davies

    Linguistic minorities can arise through conquest and colonization, immigration, enslavement, or the creation of political states that ignore locally valued ethnic distinctions. Where there  are linguistic minorities, there also exist language conflicts and issues related to the rights of those minorities to use their languages freely and without prejudice.

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  • Language Contact

    Pattie Epps

    This course considers the phenomenon of language contact from both structural and sociocultural angles. We will investigate the processes and patterns involved in lexical and structural borrowing, the formation of new contact varieties such as creoles and mixed languages, and the role of contact in driving and shaping language change. We will take a close look at the dynamics of specific contact zones, most notably the Vaupés region of the northwest Amazon.

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  • Linguistics as a Forensic Science

    Carole Chaski

    In Linguistics as a Forensic Science, students will learn a paradigm for forensic linguistics which meets both legal and scientific standards. This paradigm enables linguists to produce the reliability testing and calculated error rates that are expected of fully-admissible scientific evidence. Examples of this paradigm at work are drawn from the four corners of forensic linguistics: identification, text-typing, intertextuality and linguistic profiling.

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  • Sign Language Linguistics

    Diane Brentari

    This course provides and overview of the field of sign language linguistics by looking at three sub-areas of sign language research that have contributed to our understanding of language more broadly over the last 50 years: (1) iconicity, meaning and morphology; (2) language evolution, language acquisition and language emergence; (3) the influence of communication modality on linguistic and neurophysiology.The essentials of sign language structure will be covered in the course lectures, and the supplemental readings provide more detail about the topics of sign language structure that figure

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  • Speech Technologies

    Karen Livescu

    This course will introduce techniques used in speech technologies, mainly focusing on automatic speech recognition (ASR). Speech recognition is one of the oldest and most complex sequence prediction tasks receiving significant research and commercial attention, and also a good example of the effectiveness of combining linguistic knowledge and speech science with statistics and machine learning. Course topics will include historical and phonetic background, acoustic features, dynamic time warping, hidden Markov models, statistical language models, and current research in ASR.

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  • The Data Gold Rush: Exploiting freely available web data for linguistic research

    Andrew Wedel, Bodo Winter

    The web is full of freely available data that is just waiting to be explored by the capable analyst. In this course, we will survey some of the freely available web data sources and discuss linguistic research projects that have been conducted with them. We will emphasize the Buckeye Corpus, the Lexicon Projects, dictionary data, Google Ngram and the TV News Archive, as well as resources from less-studied languages. We discuss projects that relate to a broad range of linguistic topics, including speech/phonetics, semantics and gesture.

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