Natalie Weber

Courses

Term: Fall 2021

LING 235/635 - Phonology II

Topics in the architecture of a theory of sound structure. Motivations for replacing a system of ordered rules with a system of ranked constraints. Optimality theory: universals, violability, constraint types and their interactions. Interaction of phonology and morphology, as well as the relationship of phonological theory to language acquisition and learnability. Opacity, lexical phonology, and serial versions of optimality theory.

Prerequisite: LING 232 or permission of instructor.

1 credit for Yale College students

Term: Fall 2021
Day/Time: Monday & Wednesday 11:35a - 12:50p

LING 344/744 - Prosody-Syntax Correspondence

This course explores how languages organize sounds into domains arranged within a hierarchical structure. Research over the past 40 years has shown that this prosodic structure often matches syntactic and syllabic structure, but mismatches can arise due to phonological pressures and restructuring. We examine several theories of the relationship between syntactic and prosodic structure by discussing primary literature and data from a range of languages. The course culminates in an original research paper on a topic chosen by the student.

Prerequisites: LING 232 and LING 253, or permission of instructor. Ling 235 is recommended, but not required.

1 credit for Yale College students

Term: Fall 2021
Day/Time: Tuesday, 3:30 - 5:20p
Term: Spring 2022

LING 146/546 - 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.

1 credit for Yale College students

Term: Spring 2022
Day/Time: Tuesday & Thursday, 11:35a - 12:50p

LING 232/632 - Phonology I

Why do languages sound distinct from one another? Partly it is because different languages use different sets of sounds (in spoken languages) or signs (in signed languages) from one another. But it is also because those sounds and signs have different distributional patterns in each language. Phonology is the study of the systematic organization and patterning of sounds and signs. Students learn to describe the production of sounds and signs (articulatory phonetics), discuss restrictions on sound and sign distribution (morphemic alternation, phonotactics), and develop a model of the phonological grammar in terms of rules and representations. Throughout the course, we utilize datasets taken from a variety of the world’s languages.

1 credit for Yale College students
 
This course can be applied towards the Social Sciences Yale College distributional requirement.
Term: Spring 2022
Day/Time: Monday & Wednesday, 1:00p-2:15p