Kirby Conrod

I use a student-led, active-learning based teaching model. In all of my classes from beginner to advanced topics, I ask my students to use scientific reasoning and engage with data directly, then collaboratively construct theory around the data. Most of my classes are mixed seminar/lecture format, and I generally ask students to conduct original research within the scope of the class to support their learning.

Classes I've Taught

Course materials available on Canvas or by request.

  • Introduction to Linguistic Thought

    • An overview of linguistic theory and subfields, covering phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, neurolinguistics, and sociolinguistics.
    • Taught as primary instructor in Fall 2020
    • Taught as TA in Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2017
  • Language and Society

    • An introduction to sociolinguistics with a focus on American dialects, and covering variation based on age, ethnicity, region, gender, socioeconomic class, and other sociological variables.
    • Taught as TA in Spring 2015, Spring 2016
  • Fundamentals of Grammar

    • A survey of the grammar of English through a descriptivist lens, focusing on using syntactic tests to find generalizations and patterns across parts of speech and phrases.
    • *I recently revised the curriculum of this course; it now focuses on the grammar of any language of students' interests, not just English, and covers the syntax, phonology, morphology, and sociolinguistic fields.
    • Taught as TA in Fall 2016
    • Taught as instructor in Summer 2017, Winter 2017, Winter 2020, Summer 2020*
  • Syntax 1

    • An introduction to generative syntax using X Bar Theory.
    • Taught as instructor in Summer 2016, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Fall 2020
  • Syntax 2

    • Advanced undergraduate syntax topics in Principles and Parameters framework, including A and A-Bar movement, case theory, and other topics.
    • Taught as instructor in Winter 2019, Spring 2020
  • Language and Gender

    • Generative linguistic, sociolinguistic and linguistic anthropology approaches to gender, including how gender roles impact language use and how gender gets encoded in language.
    • Developed and taught course in Spring 2020
  • Sociosyntax of Gender

    • Advanced graduate seminar examining sociolinguistic and morphosyntactic reflexes of gender marking in grammar. Interdisciplinary course, aimed at questions about how gender is encoded in grammar in several ways: 1) how are gendered pronouns determined, grammatically constrained, and constructed in the syntax? 2.) How does gender morphology interact with social gendered practice and presentation, especially when conflicts arise between social and grammatical genders? 3.) How do speakers negotiate and utilize gender marking in sociopragmatic contexts?
    • Developed and taught as instructor in Fall 2019

Get in touch

You can contact me through the Linguistics Department at the University of Washington.

  • Address

    Department of Linguistics
    University of Washington
    Guggenheim Hall 4th Floor, Box 352425
    Seattle, WA 98195-2425
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    (206) 543-2046
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