Jon Barnes

Associate Professor of Linguistics
Associate Director of the Program, and Director of Graduate Studies
Jon Barnes
Email: jabarnes@bu.edu
Web: http://ling.bu.edu/people/barnes
Office phone: 617-353-6222
Fax: 617-358-4641
Office number: Linguistics 119
Office address: Linguistics Program, 621 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Office hours: Spring 2018: MT 3:30-5; or by appointment
Lab: http://blogs.bu.edu/prosodylab/blog/

BA, Russian Language and Literature, Columbia University
MA, Slavic Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley
MA, PhD, Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley

Research interests include phonetics, phonology, prosody and intonation, speech perception, language change, Slavic, Turkic, and Uralic languages.

Prof. Jonathan Barnes is continuing his collaborative research (supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF)) on tone and intonation patterns across languages. Current or upcoming projects include a comparison of pitch perception sensitivity in speakers of languages with tone systems differing in complexity (e.g., Mandarin and Cantonese), an investigation of whether and how pitch is processed differently in speech and music perception (featuring the famous speech-to-song illusion: http://deutsch.ucsd.edu/psychology/pages.php?i=212), and an analysis of the remarkably complex tone system of Shilluk, a Western Nilotic language spoken mostly in South Sudan. See his blog for information about recent publications: http://blogs.bu.edu/prosodylab/blog/.

Courses

Spring 2018

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 250

Introduction to Linguistics

web A1 Barnes TR 11-12:15 LSE B01
Study of the fundamental properties that all languages share, and of how languages differ, with respect to structure (sound system, word formation, syntax), expression of meaning, acquisition, variation, and change; cultural and artistic uses of languages; comparison of oral, written, and signed languages. [Prereq: none]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • Students signing up for CAS LX 250 A1 should also sign up for one of the Friday discussion sections.

CAS LX 405

Prosody

web A1 Barnes TR 2-3:15 CAS 220
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 GRS LX 705; Previously offered as CAS LX 525 "Prosody"]

Fall 2018 (tentative)

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

Advanced Topics in Phonology: Features and cues in representation and realization

A1 Barnes TR 9:30-10:45 TBA
Distinctive feature theory from Structuralism to the present. Issues include the putative universality of distinctive features, their phonetic underpinnings, tension among the various roles features play in the grammar, and applicability of features to phonology beyond consonants and vowels. [Prereq: CAS LX 403/ GRS LX 703 Phonology or equivalent (or permission of the instructor)]
[Meets with GRS LX 706]

CAS LX 250

Introduction to Linguistics

A1 Barnes TR 2-3:15 TBA
Study of the fundamental properties that all languages share, and of how languages differ, with respect to structure (sound system, word formation, syntax), expression of meaning, acquisition, variation, and change; cultural and artistic uses of languages; comparison of oral, written, and signed languages. [Prereq: none]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • Students signing up for CAS LX 250 A1 should also sign up for one of the Friday discussion sections.

Spring 2019 (tentative)

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

Quantitative Methods in Linguistics

A1 Barnes TBD TBD TBA
Introduces students to quantitative approaches to linguistic data, including visualization, hypothesis testing, and data modeling. Students will gain proficiency in R, an open-source statistical environment, and learn the logic behind statistical techniques, as well as practical skills for using them. [Prereq: Graduate standing in the Linguistics program, or consent of instructor]
[Meets with GRS LX 795]

CAS LX 403

Phonological Analysis

A1 Barnes MWF 9:05-9:55 TBA
Survey of phonological theory and analysis, with focus on crosslinguistic typology of phonological systems. Phonological reasoning and argumentation skills are developed. Empirical coverage includes contrast, distinctive features, rules and constraints, opacity, tone, syllabification, stress, and interactions with morphology and syntax. [Prereq: CAS LX 301/ GRS LX 601 (or CAS LX 510) or consent of instructor.]
[Meets with GRS LX 703; Previously offered as CAS LX 513 "Phonology"]