An Experimental Perspective on the Syllable

Instructor(s): Michael Hammond and Diane Ohala

This course brings together empirical and experimental perspectives on the syllable as seen through the lens of adult psycholinguistics and phonological acquisition. In addition to learning the empirical basis of linguistic theories of the syllable, students will learn what the critical issues are in this area both in adult language and in phonological development. Students will also learn what such an interdisciplinary focus brings to our understanding of the syllable. The central thread will be a focus on theory from a clear empirical/experimental (data-intensive) vantage point. Together, the instructors offer broad expertise in these areas and a novel opportunity to explore issues from different perspectives.

In each of 6 weeks of class, a novel topic and experimental methodology will be discussed for which optional readings will be assigned. In the final two weeks of the course students will work in groups on either solo or joint experimental proposals and present them to the class.

Some prior coursework in phonology is required, but no particular theoretical perspective is assumed. Prior coursework in experimental methods would be helpful, but will not be assumed.

Course ID:

Tue & Fri 1:30-3:15

Classroom: CHEM 133

Areas of Linguistics:
Phonetics, Phonology and Morphology
Language Development and