LINGUIST 197: Undergraduate Research Seminar

Winter 2018 Dan Jurafsky

Senior capstone seminar: Joint readings in an annually varying topic, exploring the implications and importance of linguistic research for other domains of knowledge or practice.

127B Margaret Jacks Hall (Ivan A. Sag Room)

Syllabus

Week Date Chair Topics
2 Jan 19 Alden
Do we think differently in another language?
  • Ramírez-Esparza, Nairán, Samuel D. Gosling, Verónica Benet-Martínez, Jeffrey P. Potter, and James W. Pennebaker (2006). "Do bilinguals have two personalities? A special case of cultural frame switching." Journal of research in personality 40, no. 2 (2006): 99-120. [pdf]

  • Sedivy, Julie. 2016. How Morality Changes in a Foreign Language. Scientific American, September 14, 2016.
3 Jan 26 Juliana
Recent history of Sociolinguistics
4 Feb 2 Cindy
Language and Complexity 1
  • Sampson, Geoffrey, et al. 2009.A Linguistic Axiom Challenged. Language Complexity as an Evolving Variable, Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Miestamo, Matti. 2008. Grammatical complexity in a cross-linguistic perspective. Just read the first 12 pages. In Matti Miestamo, Kaius Sinnermäki and Fred Karlsson (eds.), Language complexity: Typology, contact, change (Studies in Language Companion Series 94), 23 - 41. Amsterdam; Benjamins.
5 Feb 9 Rosalynn
Linguistics of Humor
  • McGraw, Peter and Joel Warner. "The Humor Code, Entry 1: What, exactly, makes something funny? A bold new attempt at a unified theory of comedy." Slate, 2014. https://goo.gl/tR2Bfs
  • "Benign Violation Theory." Humor Research Lab at the University of Colorado, 2015. https://goo.gl/FEb8FY
  • Kaplan, Sarah. "Scientists have figured out what makes Dr. Seuss so silly." The Washington Post, 2015. https://goo.gl/QPVNNH
  • Lieberman, Mark. "Egg Corns: Folk Teymology, Malapropism, Mondegreen, ???" Language Log, 2003. https://goo.gl/jXpJzu
6 Feb 16 Julia
Linguistic Activism

7 Feb 23 -
8 Mar 2 -
9 Mar 9 Alex
Implications of sign languages for the origin of language
10 Mar 16 Austin
Historical/Evolutionary Linguistics

Course Information

Logistics

Instructor
Dan Jurafsky (jurafsky@stanford.edu)
Office: Margaret Jacks 117
Office Hours: Thursday 4:30-6:00
Course Description
Senior capstone seminar. Joint readings in an annually varying topic, exploring the implications and importance of linguistic research for other domains of knowledge or practice.

Required Work

Weekly reading, a written commentary each week on the reading, and discussion of the weekly reading. In addition, each student will be leading discussion for a weekly topic.

List of topics from prior years

List of prior topics