Charles Chang

Assistant Professor of Linguistics (starting in July 2015)

Charles Chang
Web: http://charleschang.net

BA, Harvard University
MPhil (distinction), University of Cambridge (UK)
MA and PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Prof. Chang has held appointments at the University of Maryland and Rice University. He is spending AY 2014-15 at SOAS, University of London. He has taught courses in general linguistics and worked on a series of independent and collaborative research projects on cross-linguistic speech perception, language identification, language documentation, language learning aptitude, and instructed foreign language learning.

Prof. Chang's research interests are in phonetics, phonology, language acquisition, and language attrition. Specific areas of focus include the early stages of second language phonological acquisition; interactions between the native and target 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 https://sites.google.com/site/cbchang/cv#Publications.

At BU, Prof. Chang will teach courses related to language acquisition and linguistic theory, beginning in September of 2015.

Courses

Fall 2015

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 541

Phonological Development

A1 Chang MWF 11-12 TBA
Surveys current knowledge about how children acquire phonology during the first years of life. Topics include biological foundations; perceptual and vocal development; word learning; phonological universals; implicit and explicit learning mechanisms; formalist and functionalist models; and individual variation. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]

CAS LX 542

Second Language Acquisition

A1 Chang MWF 3-4 TBA
Overview of second language acquisition at all linguistic levels. Topics include the role of the native language; markedness; universals; environmental variables; cognitive and affective factors; social dimensions; individual differences among learners; and application of theory to third language acquisition. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]

Spring 2016

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 510

Phonetics

A1 Chang TR 2-3:30 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 545

Bilingualism

A1 Chang TR 11-12:30 TBA
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.]