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GRS LX 601

Phonetics & Phonology: Introduction to Sound Systems

web A1 Lindsey TR 5-6:15 CAS 313
Introduction to the nature and patterning of sounds in human language. Presents articulatory and acoustic phonetics, and basic phonological analysis, focusing on cross-language typology and comparison. Hands-on development of practical skills, including IPA transcription, field techniques, and digital speech analysis.

[Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.
Please note that this course cannot be taken for credit towards the MA or PhD program in Linguistics.]
[Meets with CAS LX 301; Also offered as MET LX 501; Previously offered as CAS LX 510 "Phonetics"]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas:
    • Scientific Inquiry II
    • Quantitative Reasoning I
    • Critical Thinking

GRS LX 611

Morphology: Introduction to the Structures and Shapes of Words

web A1 Myler MWF 9:05-9:55 CAS 201
Morphology, the study of the internal structure and the shapes of words across languages, straddles the boundary between syntax and phonology. This course covers the major empirical and theoretical issues in the study of morphology, emphasizing links to other components of grammar. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]
[Meets with CAS LX 311; Also offered as MET LX 511; Previously offered as CAS LX 521 "Morphology"]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

GRS LX 617

"Having" and "Being" across Languages

web A1 Myler MWF 1:25-2:15 CAS 315
Languages differ startlingly in how they express the apparently basic concepts of “possession” and “essence”. Students explore this variety and its implications, addressing fundamental questions about linguistic relativism, language universals, and the relationship between structure and meaning. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]
[Meets with CAS LX 317; Also offered as MET LX 517; Previously offered as CAS LX 517 ""Having" and "Being" across Languages"]

GRS LX 621

Syntax: Introduction to Sentential Structure

web A1 Hagstrom TR 11-12:15 CAS 426
Introduction to syntax as an object of inquiry. Students build an increasingly sophisticated model of syntactic knowledge to account for data from English and other languages, constructing and evaluating alternative hypotheses about how sentence structure works. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.
Please note that this course cannot be taken for credit towards the MA or PhD program in Linguistics.]
[Meets with CAS LX 321; Also offered as MET LX 521; Previously offered as CAS LX 522 "Syntax I"]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

GRS LX 649

Bilingualism

web A1 Chang TR 3:30-4:45 CAS 426
The psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics of life with two languages. Topics include bilingual language use, processing, acquisition, organization; effects of bilingualism on cognition and development; the bilingual brain; the bilingual speech community; bilingual education; bilingualism in the media and public eye. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]
[Meets with CAS LX 349; Also offered as MET LX 549; Previously offered as CAS LX 545 "Bilingualism"]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas:
    • Social Inquiry II
    • Individual in Community
    • Critical Thinking
  • GRS LX 683

    The Sounds of Spanish

    web A1 Erker TR 9:30-10:45 CAS B06A
    (Conducted in Spanish) The goal of this course is to introduce students to the linguistic analysis of speech, with a focus on the Spanish language. We examine the vowels and consonants of Spanish from the perspective of articulatory and acoustic phonetics. In addition, the course introduces core concepts in phonological analysis, surveying the phonemic inventory and phonological organization of Spanish. We also investigate a range of regional variation demonstrated by so-called ‘dialects’ of Spanish, with an emphasis on the historical and social significance of such variation in Spain, Latin America, and the United States. In summary, this course aims to examine the sounds of Spanish as physical, mental, and social phenomena. [Prereq: One 300-level Spanish course and CAS LX 250 or consent of instructor]
    [Meets with CAS LX 383; Also offered as CAS LS 507; Previously offered as CAS LX 507 "The Sounds of Spanish"]
    • If you are trying to register for this course as CAS LS 507 and it appears full, you can just as well register for the LX number. These courses are identical, meet together, and satisfy all of the same requirements :-) .
    • This course can satisfy requirements for both the Spanish and the Spanish & Linguistics majors; it can also satisfy the Linguistics major requirement for a course in the linguistic analysis of a specific language, as well as counting toward both the Spanish and Linguistics minors.

    GRS LX 705

    Prosody

    web A1 Barnes MWF 10:10-11 CAS 426
    Exploration of the melodic and rhythmic aspects of the languages of the world. Emphasis on theoretical and experimental approaches to cross-linguistic typology. Specific topics include: syllables and syllable-weight, rhythm and speech timing; stress and metrics; tone and intonation. [Prereq: CAS LX 301/ GRS LX 601 Phonetics & Phonology: Introduction to Sound Systems (or CAS LX 510) or consent of instructor.]
    [Meets with CAS LX 405; Previously offered as CAS LX 525 "Prosody"]

    GRS LX 732

    Intermediate Semantics: The Grammatical Construction of Meaning

    web A1 Coppock MWF 12:20-1:10 CAS 426
    Introduction to the semantics of natural language at an intermediate level. Topics include (but are not limited to) predication and quantification, scope and anaphora, problems of discourse analysis, various issues at the interface of semantics and pragmatics, and crosslinguistic semantics. [Prereq: CAS LX 331/ GRS LX 631 Semantics & Pragmatics: Introduction to Linguistic Meaning (or CAS LX 502) or consent of instructor.]
    [Meets with CAS LX 432; Previously offered as CAS LX 503 "Semantics II"]

    GRS LX 754

    Acquisition of Syntax

    web A1 Hagstrom TR 2-3:15 CAS B06A
    Exploration of the character and course of acquisition of syntactic knowledge in both first and second language contexts. Covers methodological principles for conducting studies and analyzing data, and topics such as development of verb movement, binding theory, and tense. [Prereq: CAS LX 321/ GRS LX 621 Syntax: Introduction to Sentential Structure (or CAS LX 522) or consent of instructor]
    [Meets with CAS LX 454; Previously offered as CAS LX 540 "Acquisition of Syntax"]

    GRS LX 801

    Seminar in Linguistic Research

    web A1 Barnes M 2:30-3:45 TBA
    Advanced graduate students working on their qualifying research papers or thesis present and discuss work in progress. The course is organized thematically based on students' research areas. Readings each week are determined on the basis of the research discussed. 2 cr. per semester.
     
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    CAS CS 591

    Topics in Computer Science: Toward Universal Natural Language Understanding

    web W1 Wijaya TR 9:30-10:45 PSY B35
    This is a graduate course on statistical natural language processing (NLP) that is research oriented and geared towards extending natural language processing approaches to more languages in the world even those without large annotated data. The course will start off with instructor-led presentations that introduce students to NLP. The rest of the course will focus on understanding the state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms for multilingual NLP or algorithms that are relevant to learning with few annotated data by discussing research papers. Participants take turns as discussion leaders. [Prereq: The prerequisites are the ability to program/code. If students have taken machine learning, statistics, and calculus before, that would be helpful.]
    There is a wait list form available here: http://www.bu.edu/cs/undergraduate/undergraduate-life/courses/cs-waitlists/ . Please sign up right away if you would be interested in taking the course in Fall 2019.