Further Update on Next Year’s Classes

I wanted to provide some further updates on next year’s faculty and class schedule.

First of all, as some of you have heard, Sameer ud Dowla Khan has been officially made tenure-track, which means the department now has three permanent faculty. Hurray!

In addition, we have selected Katy McKinney-Bock to fill our 2013-14 over-enrollment position. (Next year’s line-up will thus consist of myself, Sameer, Katy, and Lal Zimman, who is replacing Kara for the year.) In the fall, Katy will be co-teaching LING 211 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis with Sameer and myself. She will also be offering a new course called LING 290 Language and Cognition (MW 3:10-4:30). This course has no prerequisites, and is open to first-year students. Here is a course description:

This introductory course aims to familiarize students with basic theories of language and mind by comparing the faculty of language with other cognitive systems; in particular, vision, music, and mathematical computation. The course covers topics in general cognition, language, vision, music and mathematical computation, such as: auditory and visual perception; ambiguity in language and vision; visual and grammatical illusions; visual and linguistic narratives; the structure of music and language; tonal languages; atypical language, vision, and music; numerosity; Turing machines and finite state automata. Students will come away with a broad understanding of the language faculty and other cognitive systems.

In the spring, Katy will be teaching LING 341 Semantics (TTh 2:40-4:00), and she and I will be co-teaching LING 324 Advanced Topics in Syntax (TTh 10:30-11:50). Finally, Katy will be teaching LING 312 Advanced Topics in Linguistic Analysis (MWF 1:10-2:00). The topic for LING 312 will be advanced psycholinguistics. Here’s a description:

This course is for students who have a familiarity with either linguistics or psychology of language. The course aims to (re-)familiarize students with fundamental experimental paradigms used in psycholinguistics, as well as to explore advanced psycholinguistic methods by reading articles on current experimental research. The course has a strong lab component, with a hands-on approach to issues related to psycholinguistic experimentation, such as experimental design & protocols, software, data analysis, and statistics. Students will learn about the merits and shortcomings of different methods and experimental paradigms, and will also learn to assess which methods are best suited for investigating which research questions. Students will also design and implement a pilot experiment throughout the course of the semester, preparing them for independent laboratory work.

Katy’s courses have been added to SOLAR, so you can sign up for them at any time. Katy’s email address is mckinnek@reed.edu. Feel free to contact her if you have any questions about her course offerings.

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