Jim Wood

Courses

Term: Fall 2021

LING 101 Introduction to English Words

Where do the words of English come from, and where do they go? When do words stick around, and when do they fade? What is the difference between informal speech and slang? This course introduces students to the study of language through the lens of English word structure, with occasional glances at the structure of words in other languages of the world. We study different ways of forming new words from prefixes and suffixes, as well from compounding, blending, and other more exotic processes. We study the sound structure of words and how they are used in sentences. We study what happens when English adopts words from other languages, and when English words are used in other languages, and how words change their sound, shape, and meaning over time. Finally, we discuss the different ‘effects’ that different words might have in conversation, and the issues that word choice raises in society at large. 

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

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

Term: Fall 2020

LING 280 Morphology (Section 01)

The theory of word structure within a formal grammar. Relation to other areas of grammar (syntax, phonology); basic units of word structure; types of morphology (inflection, derivation, compounding).

Prerequisites: LING 232 and LING 253, or permission of instructor.

This class has a mandatory discussion section once per week. 

Term: Fall 2020
Day/Time: Tuesday & Thursday, 1:00p.m. - 1:50p.m.

LING 280 Morphology (Section 02)

The theory of word structure within a formal grammar. Relation to other areas of grammar (syntax, phonology); basic units of word structure; types of morphology (inflection, derivation, compounding).

Prerequisites: LING 232 and LING 253, or permission of instructor.

This class has a mandatory discussion section once per week. 

Term: Fall 2020
Day/Time: Tuesday & Thursday, 2:00p.m. - 2:50p.m.

Term: Spring 2021

LING 254 Syntax II

This course continues the development of the “principles and parameters” approach to grammatical theory in Government-Binding theory and the Minimalist Program. We begin with a brief review of the architecture of syntactic theory, move on to an extended exploration of the mechanisms of dependency formation in syntax (including displacement, agreement, control, scope and anaphora), and conclude with a discussion of the nature of syntactic representation (constituency in double object constructions, the mapping between structure and thematic relations, the role of functional categories). Throughout, a major goal of the course is to engage in foundational issues by reading primary literature in syntax and applying theoretical concepts to novel data.

Prerequisite: LING 253.

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

  • Social Sciences
  • Writing
Term: Spring 2021
Day/Time: Monday & Wednesday, 2:30p-3:45p

LING 491 The Senior Essay

Research and writing of the senior essay under the guidance of a faculty adviser. Students present research related to their essays in a weekly colloquium.

Prerequisite: LING 490.

Term: Spring 2021
Day/Time: Wednesday, 4:00p-5:50p