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LING 110.00 Introduction to Linguistics 6 credits

Closed: Size: 30, Registered: 29, Waitlist: 0

CMC 206

MTWTHF
1:15pm3:00pm1:15pm3:00pm
Synonym: 62161

Jenna T Conklin

The capacity to acquire and use natural languages such as English is surely one of the more remarkable features of human nature. In this course, we explore several aspects of this ability. Topics include the sound systems of natural languages, the structure of words, principles that regulate word order, the course of language acquisition in children, and what these reveal about the nature of the mind.

LING 375.00 Second Language Acquisition: Speech 6 credits

Open: Size: 15, Registered: 11, Waitlist: 0

CMC 319

MTWTHF
10:10am11:55am10:10am11:55am
Synonym: 62163

Jenna T Conklin

Why do some people acquiring a second language obtain a pronunciation indistinguishable from that of native speakers, while others, despite excellent skills in the areas of syntax, semantics, and vocabulary, never shed their “foreign accent”? In this seminar, we will explore theoretical models that examine the impact of factors like age of acquisition, length of residence, motivation, learning environment, language identity, and native language on the phonetics and phonology of second language acquisition, looking at speech production and perception. The course will be organized around a term-long collaborative research project, with goals and topic set by the class.

Prerequisite: Linguistics 217

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