Chelsea Sanker


Term: Fall 2020

Ling 103 Language Contact in the Ancient World

What languages were people using in our earliest written records? How were they written? What were people talking about in these texts? This course examines the languages of the ancient near east and other civilizations that they interacted with, from Greece to Egypt. Language contact is reflected both in ancient people’s discussion of languages and use of translations, as well as in loanwords and other influences of languages on each other. Based on the written records, we also have information about other languages that were never written down, through names and other borrowed words. From the earliest tokens tracking trade commodities to epic poetry, these written records give us insights into the lives of people in the ancient world: The complaints of scribes in training, correspondences between kings, and dedications to gods.

This course can be applied towards the Humanities and Arts Yale College distributional requirement.

Term: Fall 2020
Day/Time: Monday & Wednesday, 1:00p-2:15p

LING 234 Quantitative Linguistics

This course introduces statistical methods in linguistics, which are an increasingly integral part of linguistic research. The course provides students with the skills necessary to organize, analyze, and visualize linguistic data using R, and explains the concepts underlying these methods, which set a foundation that positions students to also identify and apply new quantitative methods, beyond the ones covered in this course, in their future projects. Course concepts are framed around existing linguistic research, to help students design future research projects and critically evaluate academic literature. Assignments and in-class activities involve a combination of hands-on practice with quantitative tools and discussion of analyses used in published academic work. The course also include brief overviews of linguistic topics as a foundation for discussing the statistical methods used to investigate them.

This course can be applied towards the following Yale College distributional requirements:

  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Social Sciences
Term: Fall 2020
Day/Time: Tuesday & Thursday, 4:00p-5:15p

Term: Spring 2021

LING 112 Historical Linguistics

Introduction to language change and language history. Types of change that a language undergoes over time: sound change, analogy, syntactic and semantic change, borrowing. Techniques for recovering earlier linguistic stages: philology, internal reconstruction, the comparative method. The role of language contact in language change. Evidence from language in prehistory.

This course can be applied towards the Humanities and Arts Yale College distributional requirement.

Term: Spring 2021
Day/Time: Monday & Wednesday, 1:00p-2:15p

LING 241 Field Methods

Principles of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics applied to the collection and interpretation of novel linguistic data. Data are collected and analyzed by the class as a group, working directly with a speaker of a relatively undocumented language.

Open to majors and graduate students in Linguistics, and to others with permission of instructor. Students should have taken LING 232 or LING 220 and one other linguistics class.

This course can be applied towards the Social Sciences Yale College distributional requirement.

Term: Spring 2021
Day/Time: Tuesday & Thursday, 1:00p-2:15p