Claire Bowern


Term: Spring 2020

LING 146 Language and Gender

An introduction to linguistics through the lens of gender. Topics include: gender as constructed through language; language variation as conditioned by gender and sexuality within and between languages across the world; real and perceived differences between male and female speech; language and (non)binarity; gender and noun class systems in language; pronouns and identity; role of language in encoding, reflecting, or reinforcing social attitudes and behavior.

Term: Spring 2020
Day/Time: Tuesday & Thursday, 2:30p-3:45p

LING 324 Sound Change

Topics in the foundations of sound change. Perception, production, and social factors. Seeds of sound change, mechanisms, and means of study. Words or sounds as the targets of sound change. Overview of sound change research, including experimental, computational, simulation, evolutionary, and comparative methods.

Prerequisite: LING 112 or permission of instructor. LING 220 and LING 232 are recommended but not required

Term: Spring 2020
Day/Time: Tuesday, 9:25a-11:15a

Term: Fall 2019

LING 202 The Mystery of the Voynich Manuscript

Introduction to basic ideas of linguistics and cryptography through the study of the Voynich Manuscript (MS 408), a mysterious medieval manuscript held in the Beinecke Library. Review of major hypotheses about the manuscript, ranging from the fake, to code, to undeciphered language. 

Term: Fall 2019
Day/Time: Monday & Wednesday, 2:30p-3:45p

LING 212 Linguistic Change

How languages change, how we study change, and how language relates to other areas of society. This seminar is taught through readings chosen by instructor and students, on topics of interest.

Prerequisite: LING 112 or equivalent.

Term: Fall 2019
Day/Time: Monday & Wednesday, 1:00p-2:15p