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DS Bigham–
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Current Courses at San Diego State University

Students currently enrolled in one of my courses should go to the course page on Blackboard, linked below.

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Previous Courses I've Taught

  • Invented Languages: Klingon & Beyond...

    LIN 312, University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2005, Fall 2006

    [webpage] (includes course objectives, syllabus, schedule, and links to most homeworks and course-packet readings). During UT's "Explore UT" Open House, I was asked to give a brief presentation describing the "Klingon..." course. The slides from that presentation can be found here: [Klingon 101 - Explore UT].

  • Introduction to Language and Linguistics

    LIN 306, University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2006, Fall 2007

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Distinguished Student Work

Over the two semesters I taught the LIN 312: Klingon & Beyond... course, there were many excellent final projects. Some are listed here. When possible, links are provided to the final projects.

  • Evan Wilson, Fall 2005

    For his final project, Evan chose to translate T.S. Elliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" into SolReSol. It proved to be a daunting task and only a section of it could be completed. SolReSol can be represented notationally in many ways, two of which are color and music. Evan combined these two in the final project, producing a video of flashing light. Words that proved untranslateable are spoken against a white background. The final video can be found here: [SolReSol Quicktime mov] while the English transcript for the video is here: [SolReSol pdf].

  • Andrew Adey, Fall 2005

    Creation of the Gi'th language

  • Darren Doyle, Fall 2006

    [The Kryptonian Langauge] based on in-world sources from Smallville and Superboy.

  • Travis Dunn, Fall 2005

    Translation of various comics into Esperanto

  • Norman Friis, Fall 2005

    Lojban orthography

  • D Frost, Fall 2005

    Creation of a language without vowels

  • Ellen Julstrom & Troy Rudolph, Fall 2005

    Klingon Recruitment video for UT (Klingon with English subtitles)

  • Cindy Morris, Fall 2006

    Decipherment of the Atlantean language from Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Having no formal linguistic training beyond what this intro class had taught her, this was a quite remarkable feat.

  • Craig Pemberton & Ryan Johnson, Fall 2006

    SolReSol translation program (based off Evan Wilson's project the previous year)

  • Kim Soland, Fall 2006

    Interpretive visual translation of [Ride of the Valkyries jpg]  [explanation jpg], based the langauge-music interface of SolReSol

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