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Veno Volenec

Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics


Phonetics, phonology, neurobiology of language and speech, cognitive neuroscience

Teaching activities

LING 200 - Introduction to Linguistic Science

The course provides an introduction to the principles of general linguistics. Surveyed topics include the nature of the human language faculty, aspects of grammar (syntax, semantics, morphology, phonology), language acquisition, language in the brain, historical linguistics, and sociolinguistics.

LING 372 - Phonetics

The course covers four areas that are traditionally taken to constitute phonetics — the scientific study of speech: speech production, phonetic transcription, acoustics of speech, and speech perception. In each of these areas the course particularly focuses on those aspects of phonetics that can serve as tools in the study of the human language faculty.

LING 373 - Phonology

The course provides an introduction to contemporary phonology, the study of abstract sound patterns of language. It covers the fundamental phonological concepts and notational techniques, and provides students with extensive training in data analysis and rule writing. Attention is also given to the logic behind phonological reasoning and to some current issues in cognitive science.

LING 380 - Morphology

The course consists of a survey of linguistic morphology, the study of word structure, and the tools used to perform morphological analysis. It also provides an overview of contemporary morphological theory.

LING 421 - Non-Indo-European Structures

The course is intended to give the students an in-depth acquaintance with the structure of a language that differs markedly from that of familiar Indo-European languages. The course involves working with a native speaker and/or from textual material. The main goals of this course are to (1) introduce students to linguistic fieldwork, focusing on elicitation of data from native speakers; (2) introduce students to the structure of a non-Indo-European language; (3) learn to connect elicited and analyzed data to linguistic theory.

LING 472 - Advanced Phonetics

This advanced course in phonetics treats topics in speech perception, neural representation and control of speech, and speech-language pathology.

LING 473 - Advanced Phonology

This course treats current issues in phonological theory. It explores the basics of major phonological theories such as Autosegmental Phonology, Metrical Phonology, Lexical Phonology, Government Phonology, and Optimality Theory.

LING 475 - History of Linguistics

The course surveys the study of language from the earliest beginnings in Ancient Greece and India to the present day.

LING 490 - Neurobiology of Language and Speech

The course is an advanced seminar in neurolinguistics and neurophonetics. It explores (1) the anatomy and physiology of the human nervous system, focusing on brain areas implicated in language and speech; (2) research methods in cognitive neuroscience; (3) theoretical issues in neurobiology of language and speech. The course gives special consideration to brain-based disorders of language and speech.

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