Charles Chang

Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Charles Chang
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: Spring 2016: M 4-5; W 3-5 (or other times, by appointment)

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.

Prof. Chang's research addresses topics in phonetics, phonology, language acquisition, and language attrition. Specific interests include the early stages of second language phonological acquisition, interactions between the first and second languages in the bilingual mind, bases of cross-linguistic phonological similarity, language transfer, heritage language phonology, and contact-induced sound change.

His work has appeared in journals such as Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, and Journal of Phonetics. Links to publications can be found on his website at


Spring 2016

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 250

Introduction to Linguistics

web A1 Chang TR 11-12:30 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 545


web A1 Chang TR 2-3:30 CAS 324
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.]