102 MWF 11:00-11:50 Professor Steve Hartman Keiser
Course Title: Structured Noise.
Course Description: The aim of this course is to wow you with the wonder of language: its complexity, systematicity, and diversity. We will take a scientific approach to the investigation of language, that is, we will collect data, analyze it, and consider testable hypotheses to account for it. In the process you will evaluate your beliefs and attitudes about language and human beings as language speakers.
Upon completion of this course you will be able to:
- Describe the features of human language that differentiate it from animal communication.
- Collect and transcribe language data from natural conversation.
- Analyze the structure of sounds, words, and sentences in English by describing the relationships between the units that compose them.
- Describe the systematic, rule-governed features of several important language varieties in the US, including ASL and Ebonics.
- Critically evaluate statements and attitudes (including your own) about language and human beings as language speakers.
Readings: Language Files 11.
Assignments: Weekly homework on language data collection from natural conversations and analysis of language. Two-three exams. Major research project on language and/or language data.