Linguistics 001     Schedule of lectures and readings

(Fall 2002)

Follow the links in the middle column for lecture notes. In this course, these are notes for the lecture, rather than notes on the lecture, so that they serve as a sort of on-line textbook, providing a larger volume of material than is presented in the lectures. In class, I'll give an overview of the day's topic, and work through examples and sample problems in detail, typically in ways that are not entirely covered in the lecture notes.

The right-hand column provides links to additional course readings. These are articles or book chapters that provide useful background. In many cases, the links will be within the main page of lecture notes.

1. Mo 09/09
Introduction to the course  
2. We 09/11
Perspectives and approaches

Miller, George A. "The Scientific Study of Language." Ch. 1 of The Science of Words. (1991).

3. Mo 09/16 
Prescriptive and descriptive linguistics
Nunberg G. "The Decline of Grammar". The Atlantic Monthly, Dec. 1983.,
Halpern, M. "A War that Never Ends". The Atlantic Monthly, March 1997.
4. We 09/18 
Pinker, S. "An instinct to acquire an art". Ch. 1 in The Language Instinct (1994).
Smith, J.M. and E. Szathmary, The Origins of Life. (1999):
Ch. 2 "The Major Transitions"
Ch 12 "From Animal Societies to Human Societies"
Ch. 13 "The Origin of Language"
5. Mo 09/23 
Communication: philosophical perspectives

[see links in lecture notes]

6. We 09/25 
Basic elements of linguistic form: morphology


7. Mo 09/30 
The sound of linguistic structure: phonetics


8. We 10/02
The structure of linguistic sound: phonology
9. Mo 10/07 
The pronunciation of English
10. We 10/09  
Combining words into phrases: syntax I


11. Mo 10/14 
Formal models of language structure: syntax II
12. We 10/16
Meaning I: semantics


13.  Mo 10/21
Meaning II: pragmatics
We 10/23 

Midterm from 2001
14. Mo 10/28
Language in society: sociolinguistics
Labov, W. "Driving Forces in Linguistic Change." International Conference on Korean Linguistics, August 2, 2002. Seoul National University
15. We 10/30 
Language and gender  
16. Mo 11/04 
Linguistic form in art, ritual and play  
17. We 11/06 
Language production and perception  
18. Mo 11/13 
Brain and language


19. We 11/13
Reading and writing  
20. Mo 11/18 
Child language acquisition


21. We 11/20
Languages of the World
Gibbs, W. W. "Saving Dying Languages". Scientific American, August 2002.
22. Mo 11/25 
Language Change
Slides from class presentation [.ppt] [.html]
We 11/27 [Thanksgiving: No lecture]  
23. Mo 12/02
Signed and spoken language  
24. We 12/04 
Language technology
Brill, E. and R.J. Mooney."An Overview of Empirical Natural Language Processing". AAAI Magazine 18(4), 1997.
Miller, G. "Ambiguous Words". Information Impacts, March 2001.
AAAI sites on NLP, Speech Technology, Intelligent Tutoring, Interfaces, Assistive Technologies
Information Extraction [1] [2]
ETS e-rater system; Powers, al. "Stumping E-Rater". ETS Research Report 01-09, 2001.
Project Listen
VoiceXML Tutorial
DARPA HLT: slides, script
Hertzberg, H. "Too much information", The New Yorker, 12/9/2002
25. Mon 12/09
Exam review  
  Final Exam  





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