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Fall 2017-2018
* LIN 310 (EC)   No Audit

Intonation: Melody in Language

Byron T. Ahn

What is intonation? How can we measure it, transcribe it, and analyze it? This class focuses on American English melodic patterns, addressing questions such as: What is the difference between Mandarin-style tone and English-style intonation? Do all questions have the same intonation? How do you pronounce a comma? What does it mean to stress a word? Students learn how to analyze prosodic data (intonation, phrasing, and prominence) using laboratory methods, computer software, and standard annotation conventions. After analyzing the American English intonational system, we compare it to melodic systems of other languages of the world.

Sample reading list:
Ladd, D. Robert, Intonational Phonology
Beckman, M. and Hirschberg, J., The ToBI Annotation Conventions
Beckman, M. and Pierrehumbert, J., Intonational Structure in Japanese and English
Beckman, M., Hirschberg, J. and Shattuck-Hufnagel, S., The Orginal ToBI System
Pierrehumbert, J. and Hirschberg, J., The Meaning of Intonational Contours
Jun, S. and Fletcher, J., Methodology of studying intonation

Reading/Writing assignments:
50-75 pages of reading per week; Final research paper.

Mid Term Exam - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Problem set(s) - 45%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
LIN 201 or LIN 301 strongly recommended or permission of the instructor in the absence of either..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21328 L01 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M W   Green Hall   1-S-5   Enrolled:8 Limit:15