Jon Barnes

Associate Professor, Linguistics
Director of the Graduate Program in Applied Linguistics

Jon Barnes
Email: jabarnes@bu.edu
Web: http://ling.bu.edu/people/barnes
Office phone: 617-353-6222
Fax: 617-358-4641
Office number: 119
Office address: 621 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA 02215
Office hours: Fall 2014: T 3-4:30; F 1:30-3 (or other times, by appointment)
Lab: http://blogs.bu.edu/prosodylab/blog/

BA, Columbia University
MA and PhD, 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

Fall 2014

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 510

Phonetics

web A1 Barnes MWF 10-11 PSY B33
Introduction to phonetic and phonological theory at an elementary level. Transcription and production of sounds, International Phonetic Alphabet, the anatomy and physiology of speech, speech acoustics, phonological rules, analysis of data from a variety of languages. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

CAS LX 513

Phonology

web A1 Barnes MWF 12-1 KCB 103
Introduction to the sound system of language. Study and analysis of physical and mental aspects of sound production in speech and the system in which sounds are organized. Phonological rules, processes, and universals are examined through consideration of various languages. [Prereq: CAS LX 510 Phonetics or consent of instructor.]

Spring 2015

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 250

Introduction to Linguistics

A1 Barnes TR 11-12:30 LSE B01
S1 Barnes F 9-10 CAS B06
S2 Barnes F 10-11 STH 441
S3 Barnes F 11-12 STH 441
S4 Barnes F 12-1 KCB 201
S5 Barnes F 1-2 KCB 201
S6 Barnes F 2-3 KCB 201
S7 Barnes F 9-10 STH 319
S8 Barnes F 11-12 SED 210
S9 Barnes F 1-2 KCB 103
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.
  • 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 535

Historical and Comparative Linguistics

A1 Barnes TR 2-3:30 CAS B25A
Introduction to language change and the methodology of historical linguistic analysis, using data from a wide array of languages. Investigates genetic relatedness among languages, language comparison, historical reconstruction, and patterns and principles of change in phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.