College Of Arts And Sciences | Patterns in Sound
E105 | 0210 | Gierut


What is a possible human language?  In this course, we will explore
this question by focusing specifically on the sound system of
language.  The sound system will be the vehicle through which we will
confront several broad and fundamental problems in the study of
language.  These include questions about the universal properties of
language, the range of variation in language, the way in which
language is acquired, the potential for language change, and the
social implications of the study of language, with emphasis on
health, science, and technology.  In addressing each problem, we will
consider the scientific methods that have been developed, the issues
that have sparked debate, and the theoretical, methodological, and
applied challenges that remain unsolved.  Course requirements include
readings, participation, short essays, and exams.