Charles Chang

Associate Professor of Linguistics
Director of Public Relations
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 link: http://meet.google.com/zsr-fwcq-vik
Office hours: Spring 2021: R 2-5
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

Spring 2021

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 STO B50
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 SAR 101
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 2021 (tentative)

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

Seminar in Linguistic Research

A1 Chang T 5:00-6:15 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 801]

Quantitative Methods in Linguistics

A1 Chang TR 11:00-12:15 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]

CAS LX 453

Acquisition of Phonology

A1 Chang TR 2:00-3:15 TBA
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 301/ GRS LX 601 Phonetics & Phonology: Introduction to Sound Systems (or CAS LX 510) or consent of instructor]
[Meets with GRS LX 753; Previously offered as CAS LX 541 "Phonological Development"]

Spring 2022 (tentative)

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

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]

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; Also offered as MET LX 549; Previously offered as CAS LX 545 "Bilingualism"]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas:
    • Social Inquiry II
    • Individual in Community
    • Critical Thinking