Linguistics 24, Section 4
Rhyme and Rhythm (1 unit, P/NP)
Professor Susan Lin
Wednesday 3:00-4:00, 225 Dwinelle Hall, Class number: 46805
From nursery rhymes to ballads, from sonnets to freestyle rap, rhyme and rhythm are integral to art, culture, and learning. In this seminar, we will explore rhyme and rhythm through the use of linguistic analysis. This semester, we focus on the phonetics of rhymes.
We will learn about tools that linguists use to describe the way speech sounds, and use those tools to understand how rhyming works and to describe different patterns of rhyme. We will then practice listening to and engaging with pieces of music and literature (including excerpts from the musical "Hamilton") using these tools, to gain a deeper understanding of how rhyme is employed in these works. No prior experience with the formal analysis of music, literature, or language is required. This seminar is part of the On the Same Page initiative.
Susan Lin is an Assistant Professor in the Linguistics Department at UC Berkeley, who specializes in phonetics (the study of speech). Her research focuses especially on articulatory phonetics—the anatomy and physiology of speech.
Faculty web site: http://linguistics.berkeley.edu/~susanlin/