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Richard A. Wright
LING 580
Seattle Campus

Problems in Linguistics

Advanced study in current theories of syntax, semantics, phonology, or morphology. Can be repeated for credit.

Class description

The phonetics of markedness: In this seminar we look at the phonetic correlates of phonological markedness. The readings will cover "ease of articulation", "ease of perception" and their roles in acquisition, typological frequency, and contrast. It takes place on Wednesday afternoons) as either a 2 cr. option or as a 4 cr. option (where the main paper will be written on a phonetic aspect of markedness). The seminar will be offered jointly with The phonology of markedness seminar which will be taught by Ellen Kaisse in Sp 2014. Students are strongly encouraged to take both seminars.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Graduate seminar: instructor mediated class discussions based on reading of seminal papers studying the phonetics of markedness.

Recommended preparation

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Richard A. Wright
Date: 10/09/2013