LING 580 B: Problems in Linguistics

Autumn 2023
M 3:30pm - 5:50pm / ECE 031
Section Type:
Joint Sections:
LING 580 A
Syllabus Description (from Canvas):

Course Basics

This is a graduate seminar on the production, perception, and measurement of voice quality (ie phonation type). Seminars are small group discussions, so it is important the we all come prepared to talk about the day's topic.

In a seminar, all participants are expected to read the set of papers in the course before the day they are listed and participate in discussions. All assignments are readings, and there are typically 2 per class. The first class has no readings, the remaining classes have readings that are either assigned by me ahead of time, or readings proposed by students. I've left about 4 classes as TBA in the hopes that students will propose their own readings and present that day's papers. Please propose a reading at least 1 week ahead of time to give people time to read it. I'm happy to have proposed readings replace the ones that I've seeded the course with.


Students taking the course for 4 credits have a final project which relates to the course content. Typical projects include: 1) a survey paper, 2) a written critique of one or more papers, 3) an experiment proposal (553 style), or 4) analysis and writeup of a data set. Other projects are possible with approval of the instructor. Students who have passed their generals exam may opt to take the course for 2 credits (all but the final project).

2 credit version: 100% participation (presenting a paper, discussing all topics)

4 credit version: 50% participation, 50% final project

Course Format

For the moment, I plan on holding class in person with some participants remote. I am happy to accommodate any student who wishes to participate remotely. However, because this is a seminar, it will be taught synchronously and without recordings (unless there is a need for them). I also encourage students to use the discussion board for extending discussions.

I will happily accomodate special needs that students bring to my attention. For help with accomodations contact Disabled Student Services (Links to an external site.).

“Washington state law requires that UW develop a policy for accommodation of student absences or significant hardship due to reasons of faith or conscience, or for organized religious activities. The UW’s policy, including more information about how to request an accommodation, is available at Religious Accommodations Policy ( Accommodations must be requested within the first two weeks of this course using the Religious Accommodations Request form (”

Catalog Description:
Advanced study in current theories of syntax, semantics, phonology, or morphology. Can be repeated for credit.
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April 16, 2024 - 10:33 pm