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Each week a professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Arizona will present a lecture on their area of specialization. Topics covered will include the acquisition of language, the sound patterns of language (phonology), sentence and word structure (syntax and morphology), meaning (semantics), the English writing system, properties of specific languages, computational linguistics/natural language processing, language and the brain, language and cognition, Native American linguistics, language revitalization, Universal Grammar, and others!
A Linguistic Perspective on English Orthography
Language, Mind and Culture: a tour through the modern science of Linguistics
Massimo Piattelli Palmarini
Language, Mind and Brain
Projects on understudied languages: the case of Iranian language family
John W. W. Powell
The history and geography of language endangerment
What Kind of Creatures are We?
What the Maltese language teaches us about language and the brain.
Fun with computers and human language: N-grams and other language models
Rethinking Biological Evolution
How Siri and Alexa Work
Gabriela de la Cruz Sanchez
Spanish and native Mexican languages, the case of Otomi.
Mutsun language revitalization.
Instructors: Simin Karimi and Heidi Harley
Dr. Karimi is Professor in the Department of Linguistics. Her research is focused on various syntactic topics within the Chomskyan theoretical framework. She has worked extensively on word order and scrambling, the interaction of syntax and discourse (focus and topic), the syntax, semantics, and morphology of complex predicate constructions, and complex DPs (including relative clauses), among some other topics. Her current research includes control constructions, ellipsis, and the syntax and semantics of complex predicates in various Iranian languages.
Heidi Harley is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona, specializing in sentence structure and word structure, working within the theoretical approaches Distributed Morphology and the Minimalist Program. She works on English, Hiaki (Yaqui), Italian and Japanese.
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