04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R
Section Information for Fall 2020
This course explores two questions: How do children learn language? And how can we tell?
In a few short years, cooing, wailing infants become kindergartners who can excitedly tell you about their latest adventure at the park. What do they need to learn to make that transition, what tools do they use to do it, and when have they acquired different parts of the puzzle?
It’s not easy to answer those questions, though! Toddlers aren’t very good at explaining what went wrong when they misinterpreted your instructions, and infants can’t tell you whether they recognize a phoneme. Instead researchers use a variety of creative methods to explore children’s knowledge.
In this project-based course, students study a range of theories and findings in the field of language acquisition, and design and conduct their own original research project. The course typically culminates with students presenting their research in a public poster session. Presentations this year will be online.
This is an OSCAR Research Intensive (RI) course, and the Capstone for the Linguistics Concentration in the English Major. Projects are eligible for Mason IMPACT recognition. Registration with instructor permission only. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request permission.
LING 480 DL1 is controlled and is an online section. Please contact Professor Lukyanenko (email@example.com) for permission to register.
Required Prerequisite: LING 306C.
C Requires minimum grade of C.