Charles Chang

Associate Professor of Linguistics
Charles Chang
Email: cc@bu.edu
Web: http://cbchang.com
Office phone: 617-353-8718
Fax: 617-358-4641
Office number: Linguistics 116
Office address: Linguistics Department, 621 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Office hours: Spring 2020: 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://cbchang.com/publications/.

Courses

Fall 2020 (tentative)

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

Quantitative Methods in Linguistics

A1 Chang T 3:30-6:15 TBA
Introduces students to quantitative approaches to linguistic data, including visualization, hypothesis testing, and data modeling. Students will gain proficiency in R, an open-source statistical environment, and learn the logic behind statistical techniques, as well as practical skills for using them. [Prereq: Graduate standing in the Linguistics program, or consent of instructor]
[Meets with GRS LX 795]

Seminar in Linguistic Research

A1 Chang R 3:30-4:45 TBA
Advanced graduate students working on their qualifying research papers or thesis present and discuss work in progress. The course is organized thematically based on students' research areas. Readings each week are determined on the basis of the research discussed. 2 cr. per semester.
[Meets with GRS LX 801]

Spring 2021 (tentative)

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

Seminar in Linguistic Research

A1 Chang W 2:30-4:15 TBA
Advanced graduate students working on their qualifying research papers or thesis present and discuss work in progress. The course is organized thematically based on students' research areas. Readings each week are determined on the basis of the research discussed. 2 cr. per semester.
[Meets with GRS LX 802]

CAS LX 355

Second Language Acquisition

A1 Chang MWF 10:10-11 TBA
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 359

Interrupted Acquisition and Language Attrition

A1 Chang MWF 1:25-2:15 TBA
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"]