Lal Zimman (FAQ)
[lɑɫ ˈzimn̩]

Assistant Professor
Department of Linguistics
South Hall 3518
University of California, Santa Barbara
Lal Zimman

Courses at UCSB
Undergraduate
  • 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 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 for majors and non-majors. Fulfills general education requirement.
  • LING 144 Sociophonetics (Winter 2017): A new course at UCSB, LING 144 builds on the knowledge of phonetics developed in its prerequisite, LING 106. The skills emphasized in this course include elementary acoustic analysis of fundamental frequency, vowel quality, consonants, and voice quality.
Graduate
  • 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 taught elsewhere
Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute, 2017 (Lexington, KY)
  • Language, Gender, and Sexuality (Summer 2017)
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.