ESP Biography



WILLIAM DUNLOP, Sophomore studying linguistics and computation




Major: Undeclared (but linguistics)

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2021

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

My academic interests have always been surrounding language similarity and the historical relationships between language. I'm excited to get the chance to share my passion for language study and linguistics!



Past Classes

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S6735: Why is English so weird? in Splash Fall 2018 (Dec. 01 - 02, 2018)
Why is English pronunciation so complicated? This course is a introduction to historical linguistics. We will first look into the phonetically-inconsistent spellings of the modern English language, and trace back to Middle English to find its roots, from Norman Conquest, the great vowel shift, to caught-cot merger.


S6743: Language similarity: A brief history of language and an exploration of the Romance language family in Splash Fall 2018 (Dec. 01 - 02, 2018)
Let's take a look at some languages that have a lot in common and see what we can find out about the history of language as a whole! We will cover a brief history of the development of language in the world, then narrow our focus to Europe, where we will be looking specifically at Spanish, French, and Catalan from a linguistic point of view.