Charles Chang

Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Charles Chang
Email: cc@bu.edu
Web: http://charleschang.net
Office phone: 617-353-8718
Fax: 617-358-4641
Office number: Linguistics 116
Office address: Linguistics Program, 621 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Office hours: Fall 2016: T 12:30-2; R 2-3:30; or by appointment
Lab: http://sites.bu.edu/pamlab

AB/AM, Linguistics, Harvard University
MPhil, English and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge (UK)
MA and PhD, Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley

Prof. Chang teaches courses related to language acquisition and linguistic theory and directs the Phonetics, Acquisition & Multilingualism Lab (PAMLab).

Prof. Chang's research addresses topics in phonetics, phonology, psycholinguistics, and language development. Specific interests include the early stages of second language phonological acquisition, the structure of phonetic and phonological representations, linguistic plasticity, cross-linguistic interactions within the bilingual mind, bases of perceived cross-linguistic similarity, second language speech processing, heritage language phonology, and contact-induced sound change. His work has appeared in journals such as Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, Journal of Phonetics, and Language. Links to publications can be found on his website at http://charleschang.net/publications/.

Courses

Fall 2016

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 301

Phonetics & Phonology: Introduction to Sound Systems

web A1 Chang TR 11-12:30 KCB 106
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.]
[Meets with GRS LX 601; Previously offered as CAS LX 510 "Phonetics"]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • NOTE: Offered ONLY IN FALL SEMESTER during 2016-17.

CAS LX 349

Bilingualism

web A1 Chang TR 3:30-5 CAS 204A
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 GRS LX 649; Previously offered as CAS LX 545 "Bilingualism"]

Spring 2017 (tentative)

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 359

Interrupted Acquisition and Language Attrition

A1 Chang MWF 12:20-1:10 TBA
Examines native language knowledge and change in speakers who have become dominant in another language. Topics include differences among heritage speakers, international adoptees, and adult second language learners; language change in expatriates; and environmental and affective factors conditioning language loss. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]
[Meets with GRS LX 659; Previously offered as CAS LX 546 "Incomplete Acquisition and Language Attrition"]