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Language Variation and Change

LIN 456 & 1156 (Fall 2017) Syllabus

Course Requirements | Course Description

 

Week

Date

Topic

Reading

Assignment

1

M 9/11

Stages of Variationist Research

Walker Ch. 1

 

W 9/13

0. Accessing the data

D’Arcy 2013

 

2

M 9/18

Transcribe & Code in ELAN

Nagy & Meyerhoff 2015

Bb Survey "A little about you"

W 9/20

1. Identify your variable and its variants

Walker Ch. 2, Bayley 2013

 

3

M 9/25

Distributional analysis

Tamminga 2011

W 9/27

2. Identify constraints

Walker Ch. 3

quick report on sample design & token search – all files / Tag2006:35-6,98 [due at start of class]

4

M 10/2

Coding linguistic factors

 

 

W 10/4

Abstract round robin

(Ruth Maddeaux, guest instructor)

Project abstract [see abstract tips]

5

M 10/9

THANKSGIVING  NO CLASS

 

W 10/11

SOCIAL FACTOR FEST

select 1 from set in Bb

 

6

M 10/16

3. Code and analyze – demo

Groups vs. individuals

Brezina & Meyerhoff 2014

 

W 10/18

Design your social factor schema

 

coding schema for your dep & indep. vars. /Tag2006:15-16 [due at end of class]

7

M 10/23

Coding and MV/MEM in Rbrul

 

W 10/25

FORMAL FEST  I

Nagy 2013 or King 2013

8

M 10/30

Phon. variation

Walker Ch. 5, Hay et al 2010 or Walker 2012

speaker distribution table(s) [due at start of class]

W 11/1

Run your analyses

Walker Ch. 4

token file [due at end of class]

9

M 11/6 & W 11/8 READING WEEK

  NO CLASS
Please Read Walker Ch. 5 & 6 and think about directions for your paper.

10

M 11/13

4. Results & Statistics

(Ruth Maddeaux, guest instructor)

Gorman & Johnson 2013

W 11/15

Run your analyses   

 

distrib analysis/Tag2006:189, 215

and MV analysis – take 1 /Tag2006:157) [due at end of class]

11

M 11/20

Grammatical variation

Walker Ch. 6, Owens et. al. 2013

Grad students – submit outline of presentation (earlier is ok! select from Formal Fest Readings in Bb)

W 11/22

Run your analyses

Walker Ch. 7

abstract/Tag2006:35-6,98 [due before class]

12

M 11/27

5. Interpret your data

 

W 11/29

FORMAL FEST II

Walker Ch. 9

Paper draft [due before class]

13

M 12/4

Wrap-up / Conclusions

 

W 12/6-7

Presentations on analysis – Best findings [5-10 min each]
If needed for presentations, we will use the "MAKE-UP MONDAY" on Thurs. 12/7, 10am-12pm in SS 581 (a different room!)

Re-analyze; write-up final paper /Tag2006:262 [due before class]

Course meeting time: Mondays 10:10-12:00 and Wednesdays 10:10-11:00 in Sidney Smith 561 (floor G) (SS).

Course website: http://individual.utoronto.ca/ngn/LIN/courses/LIN456/LIN456.17F.syll.htm

Course requirements: http://individual.utoronto.ca/ngn/LIN/courses/LIN456/LIN456.requirements.htm

Reading list: http://individual.utoronto.ca/ngn/LIN/courses/LIN456/LIN456.reading.htm

Prerequisite for LIN 456: LIN 351. This prerequisite is essential to provide the background material in linguistic theory and quantitative analysis that you will need for this class.


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Updated Nov. 21, 2017

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