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Arthurian Literature and Celtic Colonization, Spring 2005
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Studies the relation between imaginative texts and the culture surrounding them. Emphasizes ...

Studies the relation between imaginative texts and the culture surrounding them. Emphasizes ways in which imaginative works absorb, reflect, and conflict with reigning attitudes and world views. Instruction and practice in oral and written communication. Topic for Fall: Ethical Interpretation. Topic for Spring: Women Reading, Women Writing. The course examines the earliest emergence of stories about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in the context of the first wave of British Imperialism and the expanded powers of the Catholic Church during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The morphology of Arthurian romance will be set off against original historical documents and chronicle sources for the English conquests in Brittany, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland to understand the ways in which these new attitudes towards Empire were being mythologized. Authors will include Bede, Geoffrey of Monmouth, ChrĚŠtien de Troyes, Marie de France, Gerald of Wales, together with some lesser known works like the Perilous Graveyard, the Knight with the Sword, and Perlesvaus, or the High History of the Holy Graal. Special attention will be paid to how the narrative material of the story gets transformed according to the particular religious and political agendas of each new author.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
Women's Studies
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M.I.T.
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Cain
James
Biology 1B, Fall 2012
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Biology 1B: General introduction to plant development, form, and function; population genetics, ...

Biology 1B: General introduction to plant development, form, and function; population genetics, ecology, and evolution. Intended for students majoring in the biological sciences, but open to all qualified students.

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Biology
Ecology
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U.C. Berkeley
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U.C. Berkeley Webcast
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Alan Shabel, Mike Moser, Bruce G. Baldwin, John P. Huelsenbeck
Biology 1B, Spring 2012
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Biology 1B: This course provides a general introduction to plant development, form, ...

Biology 1B: This course provides a general introduction to plant development, form, and function; population genetics, ecology, and evolution. Intended for students majoring in the biological sciences, but open to all qualified students.

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Biology
Ecology
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U.C. Berkeley
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U.C. Berkeley Webcast
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Craig Moritz
George Roderick
Lewis J. Feldman
Mike Moser
Biology 1B, Spring 2013
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Biology 1B: General introduction to plant development, form, and function; population genetics, ...

Biology 1B: General introduction to plant development, form, and function; population genetics, ecology, and evolution. Intended for students majoring in the biological sciences, but open to all qualified students.

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Biology
Ecology
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Video Lectures
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U.C. Berkeley
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U.C. Berkeley Webcast
Author:
Alan Shabel
George Roderick, Lewis J. Feldman
ElixirFM Online Interface
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This online interface processes MSA using four different modes. The 'Resolve' mode ...

This online interface processes MSA using four different modes. The 'Resolve' mode provides tokenization and morphological analysis of the inserted text while the 'Inflect' mode lets users inflect words into the forms required by context. The 'Derive' mode allows users to derive words of similar meaning but different grammatical category. The 'Lookup' mode can lookup lexical entries by the citation form and nests of entries by the root; it also allows users to search in the English translations.

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Otakar Smr_, Viktor Bielick_, Tim Buckwalter
A Hundred and One Rules
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Authored by Mohammed Jiyad, Professor of Arabic at Mount Holyoke College, this ...

Authored by Mohammed Jiyad, Professor of Arabic at Mount Holyoke College, this 69 page document contains detailed instructional notes on "syntactic, morphological & phonological rules for novice & intermediate levels of proficiency." Available in PDF and Word formats, the document details grammar rules and provides examples for each rule. Its focus is entirely on grammar, and presupposes that students have intermediate-level, technical experience with the Arabic language.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
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Five College Center for the Study of World Languages
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Mohammed Jiyad
Identification of Bacterial Species
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Students are introduced to the streaking technique to isolate colonies from a ...

Students are introduced to the streaking technique to isolate colonies from a mixed liquid bacteria culture and to several standard microbiological identification tests. The morphology of isolated colonies and the morphology and Gram stain reaction of the cells of each colony are examined. Each cell type is examined for the ability to use glucose as a carbon source, ability to form endospores, oxygen requirements for growth, and motility using prepared micrographs. Students compare the characteristics of the cells of the mixed bacterial culture with the same set of characteristics of six bacterial species of known identity, in an attempt at an initial identification of the bacteria of the mixed culture.

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Biology
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Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE)
Author:
Elsa Bruno
Kimberley Christopher
Introduction to Linguistics, Fall 2012
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This course studies what is language and what does knowledge of a ...

This course studies what is language and what does knowledge of a language consist of. It asks how do children learn languages and is language unique to humans; why are there many languages; how do languages change; is any language or dialect superior to another; and how are speech and writing related. Context for these and similar questions is provided by basic examination of internal organization of sentences, words, and sound systems. No prior training in linguistics is assumed.

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Arts and Humanities
Philosophy
Linguistics
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
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Pesetsky, David
Introduction to Phonology, Fall 2014
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Introduction to the current research questions in phonological theory. Topics include: metrical ...

Introduction to the current research questions in phonological theory. Topics include: metrical and prosodic structure; features and their phonetic basis in speech; acquisition and parsing; phonological domains; morphology; and language change and reconstruction. Activities include problem solving, squibs, and data collection. The year-long Introduction to Phonology reviews at the graduate level fundamental notions of phonological analysis and introduces students to current debates, research and analytical techniques. The Fall term reviews issues pertaining to the nature of markedness and phonological representations - features, prosodies, syllables and stress - while the second term deals with the relation between the phonological component and the lexicon, morphology and syntax. The second term course will also treat in more detail certain phonological phenomena.

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Linguistics
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Kenstowicz, Michael J.
Investigating a Deep Sea Mystery
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Investigating a Deep Sea Mystery is based on Deep-sea mystery solved: astonishing ...

Investigating a Deep Sea Mystery is based on Deep-sea mystery solved: astonishing larval transformation and extreme sexual dimorphism unite three fish families by Johnson, et al. (2009)* published in Biology Letters, Royal Society. The deep sea fishes at the heart of the investigation and this activity were historically classified into three families or clades based on the obvious morphological differences between the members of each group. Over time, as new data was accumulated, a new hypothesis was generated; the three fish clades were really one. Johnson, et al. found patterns in collection data that supported an alternative relationship; that they are the males, females, and larvae of a single family or clade, and that the morphological differences are the result of extreme ontogenetic (developmental) metamorphosis and sexual dimorphism. In this activity students follow the steps of the science team to unravel the mystery of the fishes' classification by analyzing some of the same morphological and phylogenetic data as the science team.

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Biology
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National Center For Science Education
University of California Museum of Paleontology
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Understanding Evolution
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Jennifer Collins
Language Acquisition I, Spring 2002
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Lectures, reading, and discussion of current theory and data concerning the psychology ...

Lectures, reading, and discussion of current theory and data concerning the psychology and biology of language acquisition. Emphasizes learning of syntax and morphology, together with some discussion of phonology, and especially research relating grammatical theory and learnability theory to empirical studies of children.

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Philosophy
Linguistics
Psychology
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Wexler, Kenneth
Learn Arabic
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Learn Arabic is a website that aims to teach Arabic via games ...

Learn Arabic is a website that aims to teach Arabic via games and activities. Members can compete for top spots as they earn badges by completing lessons. The lessons start with the alphabet and all of its variations and move up through simple words and phrases. Plans are in the works to add more complicated lessons for intermediate and advanced learners. Lessons include interactive books, videos, games, vocabulary lists, and more depending on the lesson. Users can sign up for Arabic tips emailed to them. The site includes a blog as well.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
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LearnArabic
Morphological and Molecular Methods for Creating Phylogenetic Trees
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In modern systematics, both morphological features and DNA or amino acid sequences ...

In modern systematics, both morphological features and DNA or amino acid sequences are used to determine phylogenetic relationships. This two-week exercise demonstrates two methods used by systematists to create phylogenetic trees. In the first week students score morphological features of fictional and real organisms, create data matrices showing number of synapomorphies, and then use the matrices to draw phylogenetic trees. In the second week they use Bio Workbench, an online bioinformatics software package, to create phylogenetic trees based on nucleotide or amino acid sequences. Students learn how modern systematics helps answer questions about ecology, evolution, and behavior.

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Biology
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Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE)
Author:
Daniel Johnson
Natural Language and the Computer Representation of Knowledge, Spring 2003
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Relationship between computer representation of knowledge and the structure of natural language. ...

Relationship between computer representation of knowledge and the structure of natural language. Emphasizes development of the analytical skills necessary to judge the computational implications of grammatical formalisms, and uses concrete examples to illustrate particular computational issues. Efficient parsing algorithms for context-free grammars; augmented transition network grammars. Question answering systems. Extensive laboratory work on building natural language processing systems. 6.863 is a laboratory-oriented course on the theory and practice of building computer systems for human language processing, with an emphasis on the linguistic, cognitive, and engineering foundations for understanding their design.

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Computer Science
Linguistics
Psychology
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Berwick, Robert
Parts of a Spider: Dorsal View of a Male Spider
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This illustrated guide (dorsal view) to a male spider is designed to ...

This illustrated guide (dorsal view) to a male spider is designed to help students recognize and learn its common and unique body parts. The single Web page, which can be easily printed for use at field sites or in the lab, also includes a short description for the following labeled parts: chelicera pedipalp anterior eye row posterior eye row cephalothorax (or prosoma) pedicel abdomen (or opisthosoma) spinnerets coxa trochanter femur patella tibia metatarsus tarsus.

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Life Science
Biology
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American Museum of Natural History
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American Museum of Natural History
Parts of a Spider: Ventral View of a Female Spider
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This illustrated guide (ventral view) to a female spider is designed to ...

This illustrated guide (ventral view) to a female spider is designed to help students recognize and learn its common and unique body parts. The single Web page, which can be easily printed for use at field sites or in the lab, also includes a short description for the following labeled parts: chelicera fang endite labium sternum coxa lung slit epigynum spinnerets.

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Life Science
Biology
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Images and Illustrations
Reference
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American Museum of Natural History
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American Museum of Natural History
Powdery Mildew Fungi: Classification and Ecology
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In this laboratory exercise, learners will discover how many different plant hosts ...

In this laboratory exercise, learners will discover how many different plant hosts they can find that are infected by the same genus of a powdery mildew fungus, or how many different genera of powdery mildew fungi can be found on the same plant host. This exercise demonstrates the diversity that exists within a fungal order. With a good collection of leaves infected with different powdery mildew fungi (collected by learners or instructor), learners use a written key and/or an illustrated key (or could even make their own key) to identify the powdery mildew fungus to genus. Since powdery mildew fungi reproduce by means of two spore types, asexual spores (conidia) and sexual spores (ascospores), discussions of the types of reproduction in fungi can be facilitated. Note: This lab works best in regions that experience cold weather for part of the year, since this encourages production of cleistothecia (sexual stage).

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Anthropology
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
APSnet
Claudia A. Jasalavich
Gail E. Ruhl
Qamus: Arabic Lexicography
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This website is an attempt to create a concordance and lexicon of ...

This website is an attempt to create a concordance and lexicon of the Arabic language. The website explains how the corpus is being compiled, and also discusses issues such as word frequency counts, details about the concordance, and morphology analysis.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Linguistics
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Qamus LLC
Topics in Linguistics: Creole Languages and Caribbean Identities, Spring 2004
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The Creole languages spoken in the Caribbean are linguistic by-products of the ...

The Creole languages spoken in the Caribbean are linguistic by-products of the historical events triggered by colonization and the slave trade in Africa and the `New World'. In a nutshell, these languages are the results of language acquisition in the specific social settings defined by the history of contact between African and European peoples in 17th-/18th-century Caribbean colonies. One of the best known Creole languages, and the one with the largest community of speakers, is Haitian Creole. Its lexicon is primarily derived from varieties of French as spoken in 17th-/18th-century colonial Haiti; yet some of its structures seem to have emerged under the influence of African languages, mostly from West and Central Africa. And yet other properties seem to have no analogues in any of the source languages. Through a sample of linguistic case studies focusing on Haitian Creole morphosyntax, we will explore creolization from a cognitive, historical and comparative perspective. Using Haitian Creole and some of its Caribbean congeners as test cases, we will evaluate various hypotheses about the development of Creole languages and about the role of first- and second-language acquisition in such development. We will also explore the concept of Creolization in its non-linguistic senses. Then we will address questions of "Caribbean identities" by examining a sample of Creole speakers' attitudes toward the Creole language and the corresponding European language and toward the African and European components of their ethnic make-up.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Religious Studies
World Cultures
Linguistics
Material Type:
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
DeGraff, Michel