Lal Zimman (he/him/his) (FAQ)
[lɑɫ ˈzimn̩]

zimman at ucsb dot edu

Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Affiliated Faculty in Feminist Studies
South Hall 3518
University of California, Santa Barbara
Lal Zimman

Courses for 2019-20

Fall 2019:

  • LING 233 Language, Gender & Sexuality
  • LING 194 / 594 Group Studies in Linguistics

Winter 2020:

  • LING 232 Foundations in Sociocultural Linguistics

Spring 2020:

  • LING 144 Sociophonetics [note: LING 106, or equivalent intro to phonetics course, is a pre-requisite for LING 144; make sure you take LING 106 in the Fall if you haven't already]

Courses at UCSB
  • LING 106 Introduction to Phonetics (Fall 2015): This course introduces the articulatory and acoustic properties of speech, with an emphasis on mastery of the International Phonetic Alphabet and basic acoustic analysis.
  • LING 130 Language and Culture (Spring 2019): I teach this course as a linguistic anthropology-heavy approach to sociocultural linguistics. We address many of the theoretical concepts you may learn about in a course like LING 131, but focuses on the way cross-cultural perspectives complicate theoretical constructs developed in the Global North. The skills developed in this class include ethnographic participant observation.
  • LING 131 Sociocultural Linguistics (Winter 2016): An interdisciplinary overview of key issues in sociolinguistics, such as regional and class-based variation, style and register, ethnoracially marked varieties, multilingualism, and theories of identity.
  • LING 132 Language, Gender, and Sexuality (Fall 2017): An introduction to the relationship between language, gender, and sexuality. Rather than focusing on the way women and men "speak diferently," this course focuses on linguistic challenges to conventional understandings of sex, gender, sexuality, and the relationship between them.
  • LING 144 Sociophonetics (Winter 2017): A new course that I will teach for the first time this winter, LING 144 builds on the phonetic skills developed in its prerequisite, LING 106. The skills developed in this course include basic acoustic analysis of fundamental frequency, vowel formants, and other commonly analyzed phonetic features.
  • LING 233 Language, Gender, and Sexuality (Spring 2016): Historical and contemporary approaches to the study of language, gender, and sexuality, covering topics including the negotiation of gendered power, normativity, identity, queerness, and the relationship between gender and sexuality.
  • LING 244 Sociophonetics (Spring 2017): The graduate version of LING 144, also new to UCSB. This course covers analytic methods as they apply to a wide range of of phonetic domains while also situating these forms of sociophonetic analysis in the context of sociocultural linguistic theory.
Courses I have taught elsewhere
Reed College (Visiting Assistant Professor, 2013-14)
  • LING 326 Discourse (Fall 2013): Upper-division conference course that brings together a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to discourse analysis.
  • LING 335 Language and Gender/Queer Linguistics (Fall 2013): This version of language and gender focuses on "queer linguistics" as a framework for the study of language, gender, and sexuality.
  • LING 212 Introduction to Language, Culture, and Society (Spring 2014, 2 sections): Conference course on sociocultural linguistics that builds on the department's introduction to linguistic analysis.
  • LING 313 Advanced Topics in Language and Society: Ethnographic Sociophonetics (Spring 2014): A special topics course that brings together ethnographic and sociophonetic approaches to sociolinguistics. The course focus is on practical research and analytic skills and the challenges of bringing together these sometimes conflicting theoretical frameworks.
Stanford University, Lecturer (Spring 2013)
  • LINGUIST 156 Language and Gender (Spring 2013)
University of Colorado at Boulder, Graduate Part-Time Instructor (2007-2010)
  • LING 1000 Language in US Society (Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2009, Spring 2010): Large freshman-level lecture course (enrollment of 75-175). Serves as a general education course, a relatively non-technical introduction to linguistics, and an introduction to sociolinguistics.
  • LING 1900 Service Learning Practicum in Literacy (Spring 2008, Fall 2009): A service learning course for students in LING 1000 that links linguistics students with local literacy programs serving children and families from minority language backgrounds.
  • LING 2400 Language and Gender (Summer 2010): A sophomore-level course for both majors and non-majors. Fulfills CU's cultural & gender diversity requirement.
  • LING 3545 World Language Policies (Fall 2008): A junior-level course geared toward majors in linguistics and international affairs that uses sociolinguistic analysis to explore policy and politics across the globe.
  • LING/ANTH 4800 Language & Culture (Spring 2009): A senior-level interdisciplinary course focusing on the twin fields of sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropologies: their histories, theories, methods, and the relationship between the two disciplines.
San Francisco State University, Teaching Assistant (2004-2006) and Tutor (2002-2003)
  • ENG 420 Introduction to the Study of Language (Teaching Assistant, Spring 2004, Fall 2004, & Spring 2006): Large introductory course for both majors and non-majors. Serves as a general introduction to the field of linguistics.
  • PHIL 205 Formal Logic I (Tutor, Fall 2003): A technical course in formal logic required of philosophy majors.
  • Humanities (Tutor, Spring 2002): Tutored individual students in general humanities as part of the San Francisco State University Community Access and Retention Program.