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: Spring 2017: R 12-3; 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

Spring 2017

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 359

Interrupted Acquisition and Language Attrition

web A1 Chang MWF 12:20-1:10 CAS B06B
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"]

Fall 2017

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 355

Second Language Acquisition

A1 Chang MWF 10:10-11 KCB 102
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.]
[Meets with GRS LX 655; Previously offered as CAS LX 542 "Second Language Acquisition"]

CAS LX 403

Phonological Analysis

A1 Chang MWF 12:20-1:10 CAS 218
Survey of phonological theory and analysis, with focus on crosslinguistic typology of phonological systems. Phonological reasoning and argumentation skills are developed. Empirical coverage includes contrast, distinctive features, rules and constraints, opacity, tone, syllabification, stress, and interactions with morphology and syntax. [Prereq: CAS LX 301/ GRS LX 601 (or CAS LX 510) or consent of instructor.]
[Meets with GRS LX 703; Previously offered as CAS LX 513 "Phonology"]

Spring 2018 (tentative)

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 349

Bilingualism

A1 Chang TR 12:30-1:45 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.]
[Meets with GRS LX 649; Previously offered as CAS LX 545 "Bilingualism"]