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
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 2015

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 510

Phonetics

A1 Barnes TR 9:30-11 TBA
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 535

Historical and Comparative Linguistics

A1 Barnes TR 12:30-2 TBA
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.

Spring 2016

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 250

Introduction to Linguistics

A1 Barnes TR 11-12:30 TBA
S1 Barnes F 9-10 TBA
S2 Barnes F 10-11 TBA
S3 Barnes F 11-12 TBA
S4 Barnes F 12-1 TBA
S5 Barnes F 1-2 TBA
S6 Barnes F 2-3 TBA
S7 Barnes F 10-11 TBA
S8 Barnes F 11-12 TBA
S9 Barnes F 1-2 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.
  • 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 525

Prosody

A1 Barnes TR 2-3:30 TBA
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 510 Phonetics or consent of instructor.]