William Clapp

Teaching Fellow
William Clapp
Email: wsclapp@bu.edu
Office number: 113
Office address: Linguistics Department, 621 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Office hours: Spring 2019: M 12:15-2:15, or by appointment

BA, Boston University

Will graduated from Boston University in 2015 with a BA in German Language & Literature and Political Science. With the Kilachand Honors College, he also completed a senior thesis in the translation of two graphic novels from German to English. With the Linguistics Department, Will has participated in research with Jon Barnes examining differences in the lexical tone systems of Mandarin and Cantonese, as well as with Charles Chang examining phonetic variation in Korean. His research interests are primarily concentrated on phonetics and phonology in psychological and social context.


Spring 2019

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 250

Introduction to Linguistics

S2 Clapp F 10:10-11 CGS 323
S4 Clapp F 12:20-1:35 KCB 201
S7 Clapp F 1:25-2:15 WED 406
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]
  • Students signing up for CAS LX 250 A1 should also sign up for one of the Friday discussion sections.
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas:
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Critical Thinking