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Professional Development

The 2015-16 Professional Development Series of the M.A. and Ph.D. Program in Linguistics will offer demonstrations of empirical methods that can be used to explore issues of practical and theoretical interest in linguistics and psycholinguistics. Our ambition is that, by the time they graduate, every student will have some or other methodological expertise which they can use to good effect in their own research and can impart to their future students.

Last year Irina Sekerina gave a presentation on the Visual World Paradigm (VPR) and its suitability for testing a wide range of populations; and Jason Bishop presented on Praat and other tools for acoustic analysis, and their relevance for syntactic/semantic as well as phonological research. This fall, Ian Phillips will give an introduction to Event-Related Potential (ERP) techniques (October 22nd), and Christen Madsen will provide a gentle introduction to doing statistics with R (November 12th). In the spring semester Jason Kandybowicz will offer advice on the personal and practical aspects of linguistic field research. And Kevin Roon will give a tour guide of the research potential of the rich array of technical equipment in CUNY’s Speech Production, Acoustics and Perception Lab.

These sessions are not just for people who are already inclined toward experimental approaches. Nowadays the job market more or less demands that a candidate should have some practical experience in data gathering to pass on to students. So – unless you are a truly brilliant theoretician – the only question, really, is what would be the right methodology for you.

The Professional Development series will allow you to sample the alternatives, do some comparing and contrasting, and also get to meet our local CUNY experts who can advise and train you.

While you can’t learn, in one afternoon, all you’d need to know to deploy these tools, you can find out:

  • what sorts of research projects they are best suited for
  • how you might adapt them to your own particular research interests
  • what sorts of personality traits and abilities they call for
  • how time-consuming they are, how expensive they are to run
  • what equipment and training you would need, and where to find it
  • what sorts of data analyses must be applied to interpret the results
  • and how much advantage you might gain in the job market!
All meetings will be from 4:15pm to 6pm in room 6417.

Janet Fodor

Distinguished Professor
Graduate Center
Room 7400.06

Phone 212-817-8502