Linguistics 001      Fall 2002      Homework 1      Due Mo 9/23

This assignment assumes understanding of the lecture on Approaches to the study of language.

Below you will find a list of titles of linguistics articles within the last few years. In each case, a link is provided to the paper's abstract and/or full text (note that sometimes the link may not take you to exactly the right spot so you may sometimes have to scan up or down a bit, or follow another link). Even though you may not be able to understand everything in the article or even the abstract, you should be able understand enough in order to answer the questions below.

First, classify each article according to the level(s) of linguistic analysis that are most clearly involved: (one or more of) phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, or pragmatics. A reasonable answer is sometimes something like "this paper deals primarily with morphology while discussing influences from phonology and semantics," or "as a discussion of linguistic nationalism, this paper deals implicitly with all levels of linguistic analysis." In each case, give a brief (one or two sentence) explanation of your reasoning, so that we can give you as much credit as possible even if we disagree with your conclusion.

Then, classify the samelist of titles according to their connections to topics external to language (if any), or the aims of the study. This is an open-ended list including theoretical linguistics, descriptive linguistics, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, applied linguistics, computational linguistics, neurolinguistics, linguistic typology, anthropological linguistics, biology of language, forensic linguistics, stylistics. You can also choose other categories that you find in the readings or the course lecture notes. Again, there will often be more than one answer, and you should give a brief explanation to help us understand your reasoning and give you as much credit as possible. 

Typically, the title and abstract will contain words you don't know. If understanding a particular technical term seems essential to figuring out how to answer the questions, try searching for the word (perhaps in association with other related words from the text) on Google, looking it up in on-line dictionaries or encyclopedias such as those available through the Penn library web site, or using resources such as these:

If after a modest but reasonable effort you still find a case puzzling, make your best guess and bring your questions up in recitation.

Remember that you do not need to read the whole article. Sometimes, you can answer the questions based only on the title. Sometimes you'll need to make reference to information in the abstract. Occasionally you'll need to skim some parts of the full text of the article. We understand that in the first week of what may be your first linguistics course, you can't be expected to fully analyze complex technical articles written by specialists for an audience of specialists.

Note: a few of the links may access restricted online editions of journals to which Penn subscribes, and in this case it is possible that the links will work from computers at Penn (including machines in residences, in computer labs, in the library and so on) but not from off campus.

List of Articles:

  1. An event structure account of English resultatives
  2. The prosodic phrasing of clause-final prepositional phrases
  3. Decomposing Pronouns
  4. Multiple Verb Movement in Hoan
  5. The heritability of language: A review and metaanalysis of twin, adoption, and linkage studies
  6. The timing of nonmodal phonation in vowels
  7. The influence of L1 on the acquisition of Swedish quantity by native speakers of Spanish, English and Estonian
  8. Syllable-Pattern-Based Unknown-Morpheme Segmentation and Estimation for Hybrid Part-of-Speech Tagging of Korean
  9. A Machine Learning Approach to Coreference Resolution of Noun Phrases
  10. Thematic indexing of spoken documents by using self-organizing maps
  11. Speech act modeling in a spoken dialog system using a fuzzy fragment-class Markov model
  12. Dynamic programming method for temporal registration of three-dimensional tongue surface motion from multiple utterances 
  13. Linear scaling of vowel-formant ensembles in consonantal contexts
  14. Phonological variation in American Sign Language: The case of 1 handshape
  15. Using the past to explain the present: Tense and temporal reference in early African American English
  16. A multilocality study of a sound change in progress: The case of /l/ vocalization in new Zealand and Australian English
  17. Phrase-level parallellism effect on noun phrase number agreement
  18. Prosodic boundaries, comma rules, and brain responses
  19. Cognitive, Linguistic and Social Aspects of Adults' Noun Definitions
  20. Orthography and Identity in Cameroon
  21. Dschang syllable structure
  22. Explaining Kashaya infixation
  23. On the functions of Left-Dislocation in English discourse.
  24. Dialect and Style in the Speech of Upper Class Philadelphia
  25. Verb-Object Order in Early Middle English
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