LINGUIST 197: Undergraduate Research Seminar

Spring 2014· Dan Jurafsky

Senior capstone seminar. Joint readings in an annually varying topic. The focus this year will be "linguistics across disciplines and domains", exploring the implications and importance of linguistic research for other domains of knowledge or practice.

Schedule

Week Date Chair Topics
3 April 14 Chris
Is there a moral obligation to protect endangered languages?
4 April 21 Hanzhi
Language Revival: What does it mean for it to be successful?
5 April 28 Catherine
Linguistics of Social Media
6 May 5 Dan
Are all languages equally complex?
  • McWhorter, John. 2001. The world's simplest grammars are creole grammars. Linguistic typology 5, no. 2/3 (2001): 125-166. Read 125-135, (skim 135-141), 141-143, 154-155 (section 4.4).
  • Trudgill, Peter. 2012. On the sociolinguistic typology of linguistic complexity loss. In Potentials of Language Documentation: Methods, Analyses, and Utilization, ed. by Frank Seifart, Geoffrey Haig, Nikolaus P. Himmelmann, Dagmar Jung, Anna Margetts, and Paul Trilsbeek, pp. 90-95
  • Patrick Juola. 2007. Assessing Linguistic Complexity. In Miestamo, Matti, Kaius Sinnemaki and Fred Karlsson (eds.) Language Complexity: Typology, Contact, Change. Amsterdam : John Benjamins Press. Read pages 1-3, 12-15, 18-22, optional (but recommended) 22-35
7 May 12 Chynna
Linguistics of Advertising and Branding
8 May 19 Ben
Language and Political Persuasion
10 June 2 Cameron
Whorf: Language, Thought, and Culture

Course Information

Logistics

Instructor
Dan Jurafsky (jurafsky@stanford.edu)
Office: Margaret Jacks 117
Course Description

Senior capstone seminar. Joint readings in an annually varying topic. The focus this year will be "linguistics across disciplines and domains", exploring the implications and importance of linguistic research for other domains of knowledge or practice.

Required Work

Weekly reading and discussion