LINGUIST 197: Undergraduate Research Seminar

Winter 2016 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.

Syllabus

Week Date Chair Topics
2 Jan 15 Tyler
Universals
3 Jan 22 Meredith
Linguistic Appropriation
4 Jan 29 Tyler
Is there a moral obligation to protect endangered languages?
5 Feb 5 Justin
Conversation Offline and Online
6 Feb 12 James
The place of linguistics in the sciences

7 Feb 19 Justin
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
8 Feb 26 Meredith
Linguistics in the News
9 Mar 4 James
Metaphor
10 Mar 11 TBD

Course Information

Logistics

Instructor
Dan Jurafsky (jurafsky@stanford.edu)
Office: Margaret Jacks 117
Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 2:00-2:50
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 two of the weekly topics.