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Details about a selection of courses thatthe Department of Linguisticsoffers.
LIN 205A - Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis

LIN 205A - Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis

Linguistic research increasingly involves the use of quantitative approaches and large amounts of data as sophisticated research technologies become more available to researchers. These tools allow for new and different questions to be asked, and for exciting new ways to seek answers to long-standing problems in linguistics. This graduate seminar is intended as an introduction to working with quantitative data using the statistical analysis software R. Using this software, students will learn how to manage, visualize and analyze the kinds of data frequently encountered in quantitative linguistic research.

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LIN 205B - Computational Modeling of Language Structure

LIN 205B - Computational Modeling of Language Structure

This graduate seminar examines how linguistic structure at various levels can be represented and learned by machines, and what the resulting computational models tell us about words, sentences and discourse. Along the way, we discuss related progress in machine understanding of language and its impact on our lives. Students will acquire the quantitative and formal perspectives necessary for computational modeling of language, developing an understanding of the role of computation in linguistic study, and how linguistic theory contributes to language technology.

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LIN 253 / 105 - Speech Perception

LIN 253 / 105 - Speech Perception

Speech is a highly variable signal due to many factors: the same sound can be realized differently across talkers, phrases and words. This course investigates how listeners map the acoustic signal to a linguistic interpretation. The use of factors such as phonetic context, variation, linguistic knowledge, and social information in perceiving speech is the focus. Through this course, students gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for some of the questions that drive research in the psychology of language in its quest to explain how language is used to speak and comprehend, and how it is learned.

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