Linguistics Department

Mackenzie Walters


BA in Linguistics and Anthropology, MA in Anthropology, MA in Linguistics, Tulane University, University of Texas at Austin

Assistant Instructor

Contact

  • Office: CLA 4.304 W13
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 10-11:30, Thursday 1:30-3

Interests


historical and comparative linguistics, phonology, morphology, epigraphy, Mayan languages

Courses


LIN 345 • Lang Change And Lang Variation

40610 • Fall 2021
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM JES A216A


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 S345 • Lang Change/Lang Variation-Wb

82165 • Summer 2021
Meets MTWTHF 11:30AM-1:00PM
Internet; Synchronous

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 Study Of Language-Wb

40320 • Spring 2021
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM
Internet; Synchronous
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/Lang Variation-Wb

39125 • Fall 2020
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM
Internet; Synchronous


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 306 • Intro To The Study Of Language

39675 • Spring 2020
Meets MWF 4:00PM-5:00PM RLP 0.122
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 306 • Intro To The Study Of Language

39255 • Fall 2019
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM 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.

 

 

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    University of Texas at Austin
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    Robert L. Patton Hall (RLP) 4.304
    Austin, TX 78712
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