Linguistics Department

Michael Everdell


PhD, University of Texas, Austin

Assisstant Instructor

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Uto-Aztecan, O’dam (Southeastern Tepehuan), argument realization, lexical semantics, agreement, suppletion, language change

Courses


LIN S345 • Lang Change And Lang Variation

81210 • Summer 2020
Meets MTWTHF 11:30AM-1:00PM
Two-way Interactive Video

This course is an introduction to the study of how languages change and the principles and methods that linguists use to describe and account for language change. We will investigate the linguistic and social motivations for change and explore change in sound systems, word structure, word meaning, and grammar. Using data from languages spoken today and/or extinct languages preserved in writing, students will learn how to reconstruct the vocabularies and grammars of earlier, prehistoric stages of those languages and make hypotheses about the cultural prehistory of their speakers.Requirements: Class sessions will include lecture, discussion, and problem solving using data from a wide range of languages.Grading: homework assignments (60%) and two exams (40%)Texts: Historical Linguistics: An Introduction, 3rd Edition, by Lyle Campbell (ISBN: 978-0-262-53267-9); and supplementary readings.Prerequisites: LIN 306, LIN 344K

LIN 306 • Intro To The Study Of Language

40020 • Spring 2019
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM RLP 0.104
SB

This course will introduce you to linguistics, the scientific study of language. How are human languages structured? Do humans have an innate capacity for language? How do children learn language? How is adult language learning different? How did the languages of the world evolve? What are the differences between verbal and non-verbal communication? Is there a "universal grammar"? How diverse and different are the languages of the world? How much does "language endangerment" and language extinction around the world affect global cultural diversity? Should every country have one "official" language? Are standard languages preferable to regional dialects? In short, this class is about everything you always wanted to know about language, and maybe a few things you never even thought to ask.

 

 

LIN 345 • Lang Change And Lang Variation

40257 • Fall 2018
Meets MWF 3:00PM-4:00PM CBA 4.344


Course Description

An introduction to the study of how languages change and to the
principles developed by linguists to account for these changes. The
course will investigate the social and linguistic motivations for
change and learn about change in sound systems, word structure, word
meaning, and grammar. Students will also learn the methods linguists
have developed for reconstructing the vocabularies and grammars of  the
prehistoric parent languages of languages which exist today, or  which
have been preserved in writing.

Requirements:
Classes will be a mix of lectures, discussion, and problem solving
using data from a wide range of languages. Grade is based on homework
assignments (60%), two in-class examinations (40%).

Textbook:
"An Introduction to Historical Linguistics" by Terry Crowley and
Claire Bowern (ISBN: 9780195365542), and supplementary readings.

LIN F306 • Intro To The Study Of Language

83445 • Summer 2018
Meets MTWTHF 11:30AM-1:00PM GDC 6.202
SB

This course will introduce you to linguistics, the scientific study of language. How are human languages structured? Do humans have an innate capacity for language? How do children learn language? How is adult language learning different? How did the languages of the world evolve? What are the differences between verbal and non-verbal communication? Is there a "universal grammar"? How diverse and different are the languages of the world? How much does "language endangerment" and language extinction around the world affect global cultural diversity? Should every country have one "official" language? Are standard languages preferable to regional dialects? In short, this class is about everything you always wanted to know about language, and maybe a few things you never even thought to ask

 

Texts
Fromkin, Rodman, & Hyams. An Introduction to Language. 9th edition

LIN 306 • Intro To The Study Of Language

40455 • Spring 2018
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM CLA 0.104
SB

This course will introduce you to linguistics, the scientific study of language. How are human languages structured? Do humans have an innate capacity for language? How do children learn language? How is adult language learning different? How did the languages of the world evolve? What are the differences between verbal and non-verbal communication? Is there a "universal grammar"? How diverse and different are the languages of the world? How much does "language endangerment" and language extinction around the world affect global cultural diversity? Should every country have one "official" language? Are standard languages preferable to regional dialects? In short, this class is about everything you always wanted to know about language, and maybe a few things you never even thought to ask.

 

 

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