LINGUIST 197: Undergraduate Research Seminar

Winter 2020 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 17 Amy
Idiolect Change
3 Jan 24 Theiline
Diffusion of Lexical Change in the Internet Era
  • Gretchen McCulloch. 2019. Because Internet. Chapter 2, Language and Society.
  • Eisenstein, Jacob, Brendan O'Connor, Noah A. Smith, and Eric P. Xing. 2014. Diffusion of lexical change in social media. PloS one 9, no. 11 (2014).
4 Jan 31 Noah
Language and Thought
5 Feb 7 Kutay
Discourse Theory & Information Structure
6 Feb 14 Elizabeth
Grammatical Gender: Cognitive and Social Implications
  • Vigliocco, G., Vinson, D., Paganelli, F., & Dworzynski, K. (2005). Grammatical Gender Effects on Cognition: Implications for Language Learning and Language Use. Journal of Experimental Psychology 134.
  • Annabelle Timsit. The Push to Make French Gender-Neutral. The Atlantic. November 24, 2017.

8 Feb 28 Ranjani
Language and Modernity
9 Mar 6 Yulou and Jonathan
Can AI 'understand' Human Language"?
Endangered Languages"?
  • Hale, Ken, Michael Krauss, Lucille J. Watahomigie, Akira Y. Yamamoto, Colette Craig, LaVerne Masayesva Jeanne, and Nora C. England. "Endangered languages." language 68, no. 1 (1992): 1-42. [read Watahomigie & Yamamoto, pg. 10-17, and optionally Hale, pg. 35-41]
  • Ladefoged, Peter. "Another view of endangered languages." Language 68, no. 4 (1992): 809-811
10 Mar 13 Madeline
Conlangs

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