The LSA's 2015 Annual Meeting will feature three minicourses, held for a few hours on Thursday, January 8 before the Annual Meeting.  Click below for more information and to register.  The Praat and Python minicourses are limited to 30 registrants and charge a fee of $30.  The professionalization course carries a $5.00 charge to cover the cost of materials and is capped at 40 registrants. 

Praat Scripting


Thriving as an Early Career Faculty Member

Praat Scripting

Instructor:  Kevin McGowan (Stanford University)
Time:         9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, with an hour-long networking lunchbreak
Room:        Galleria I

Praat is a software tool for recording, analyzing, playing, and modifying speech sounds in the course of linguistics research. Praat also includes its own scripting language that can be used to automate or streamline all of these tasks.  This course introduces basic automation and scripting skills for linguists who have basic familiarity using Praat. The course will explore how scripting can help you automate mundane tasks, ensure consistency in your analyses, and provide implicit (and richly-detailed) methodological documentation of your research.  Participants will need a computer with the most recent version of Praat installed from and are assumed to have read and practiced with the Intro from Praat’s help manual. Topics to be covered include:

    • Finding available commands
    • Working with the Objects, Editors, TextGrids, and the Picture window
    • Using strings, numbers, formulas, arrays, and tables for data
    • Conditionals, flow control, and error handling
    • Debugging
    • Testing, adapting, and using others’ scripts
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Instructor: Robert Daland (University of California, Los Angeles)
Time:        10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, with an hour-long networking lunch break
Room:       Galleria II

Python is a scripting language in common use for scientific programming, owing to its gentle learning curve, mostly-intuitive syntax, efficient and powerful under-the-hood mechanics, broad base of existing packages, and vibrant development community. In this mini-course, students will learn the basics of Python from the ground up (print statement, if-then statements, for statements, opening files for read, opening files for write, lists, dictionaries). No prior knowledge of Python or of programming is assumed, although some previous programming experience will be helpful. The first 'project' will be to develop code which counts the frequencies of words in a corpus; the second 'project' will be to learn how to 'clean' the corpus (stripping punctuation, capitalization, etc..). If there is time remaining, the third 'project' will be to redesign the frequency-counting tool up so as to create a concordance. It is expected that this will take 3 hours. If there is time remaining, the course will cover random sampling from a finite frequency distribution (e.g. coin-flipping); the fourth 'project' will be to write code that draws a word at random from the frequency distribution of a corpus.

Participants should bring their own laptop, with some late version of Python 2 (e.g. Python 2.7, or preferably, Enthought Canopy) installed. Note that participants holding an academic email address are entitled to a free copy of Enthought Canopy, and should register for it at least two weeks in advance of the Minicourse.

This minicourse is full. 

Thriving as an Early Career Faculty Member -- a mini-course for advanced graduate students

Instructors:  David Bowie (University of Alaska Anchorage)
                    Miranda McCarvel (University of Utah)
                    Michal Temkin Martinez (Boise State University)
Time:           10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, with an hour-long networking lunch break                 
Room:          Galleria III

The Linguistics in Higher Education Committee of the LSA is proud to host a 4-hour mini-course for advanced (post-qualifying) graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, providing them with a toolbox for thriving as early career faculty members. During the mini-course, participants will reflect on their identity as scholars, educators, and community members, taking into consideration best practices for thriving in these three areas. We will interweave the theme of thriving as an early career faculty member while focusing on the following key elements:

a. Identifying and developing your teaching philosophy
b. Integrating teaching, research, and service
c. Jump-starting your research program
d. Designing goal-oriented and student-centered courses

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