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: Fall 2015: T 10:30-1:30 (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


Fall 2015

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 541

Phonological Development

web A1 Chang MWF 12-1 KCB 102
The goal of this course is to examine the resources, mechanisms, and limitations underlying children's acquisition of phonology during the first years of life. Specific topics include the biological foundations of phonological acquisition; the developmental arcs of both speech perception and production; the relationship between phonological development and word learning; phonological universals as they apply to acquisition; and implicit and explicit learning mechanisms. The course considers different theoretical models of phonological development, as well as the range of variation observed among typically developing children. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]

CAS LX 542

Second Language Acquisition

web A1 Chang MWF 3-4 KCB 104
The goal of this course is to provide an overview of findings from the interdisciplinary field of second language acquisition (SLA), especially as they relate to differences between adult and child learners and individual variation among adult learners. The course examines data from many different language pairs, diverse theoretical perspectives on second-language attainment, and a wide range of factors influencing acquisition: language-universal, demographic, experiential, cognitive, social/affective, and environmental. The course also considers the case of third language acquisition as well as pedagogical implications. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]

Spring 2016

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 250

Introduction to Linguistics

A1 Chang TR 11-12:30 LSE B01
S1 Chang F 9-10 CAS 225
S2 Chang F 10-11 STH 317
S3 Chang F 11-12 LSE 210
S4 Chang F 9-10 CAS 324
S5 Chang F 1-2 KCB 201
S6 Chang F 2-3 KCB 201
S7 Chang F 10-11 SED 208
S8 Chang F 11-12 SED 208
S9 Chang 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. [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


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.]