Richard A. Wright
Advanced study in current theories of syntax, semantics, phonology, or morphology. Can be repeated for credit.
The phonetics of intonation: In this seminar we look at the phonetic correlates of intonation. The readings will cover (briefly) articulatory control of pitch, (more thoroughly) acoustic correlates of intonational structure, and higher level influences (discourse and stance) on intonational structures. The seminar will be offered jointly with The phonology of intonation (Ling 580C, D) Wednesday afternoons) as either a 2 cr. option where the main paper will be written in The Phonology of Intonation on a phonological aspect of intonation for 4 cr, or as a 4 cr. option where the main paper will be written on a phonetic aspect of intonation.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Graduate seminar: instructor mediated class discussions based on reading of seminal papers studying the phonetics of prosody.
Students should thoroughly read the assigned readings and come prepared to participate fully in class discussions. It is recommended that students follow up assigned reading with outside reading in areas that they find particularly interesting.
Class assignments and grading
All students in the class will prepare for and lead at least one substantive paper. Weekly readings and class discussions. Students taking the course for 4 credits will also write a final research paper.
Participation in discussions: preparation, and thoughtful commentary. Preparation for leading at least one class discussion: thoroughness of grasp on core ideas, quality of critique. Paper: background research, style, soundness of argument.