Byron Ahn

Visiting Assistant Professor of Syntax (2014-15)

Byron Ahn
Office number: 111
Office address: 621 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA 02215
Office hours: Spring 2015: T 11-12:30;W 9:30-11 - in room B02 (or other times, by appointment)

BA in Linguistics, Cornell University
MA and PhD in Linguistics, UCLA

In his research, Byron Ahn investigates the inner workings of the syntactic component of Language, as well as how syntax and phonology interact so as to give the prosodic structures we observe in the output. His theoretical analyses are grounded in empirical observations from syntactic, semantic, and phonological data from a variety of languages. This approach is encapsulated in his dissertation, which argues for a model of reflexive syntax (and semantics), with new evidence from observed prosodic patterns in English. Other past and ongoing research investigates grammatical voice (e.g., active, middle, passive), Tongan syntax-prosody, Japanese case marking, emphatic reflexives, phrasal stress, and yes/no question melodies.

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Spring 2015

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 500

Topics in Linguistics: Melodies of English (and some other languages)

web A1 Ahn TR 3:30-5 CAS B20
W 1-2 CAS 327
Exploration and analysis of English melodic patterns. Students transcribe and even gather prosodic data (intonation, grouping, and prominence), using computer software and the ToBI framework. Comparisons of the English intonational system to systems of other languages of the world. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]

CAS LX 522

Syntax I

web A1 Ahn TR 12:30-2 KCB 103
W 4-5 KCB 102
Introduction to the logical structure and organization of language, and to generative theory. Application of principles of syntactic analysis to students' own and other languages through data-oriented problems from different language types. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.