Linguistics (LING)

Head of Department: Professor Jonathan Bobaljik

Department Office: Room 368, Oak Hall

Major requirements

1010. Language and Mind

Three credits.

Discussion of nature-nurture debate with specific reference to language acquisition. Pros and cons of Chomsky’s Innateness Hypothesis. CA 1.

1020. Language and Environment

Three credits.

Effects of geography, society, and politics, on language use and variation (sociolinguistics). The geographical spread, growth and death of languages (language ecology). CA 2. CA 4-INT.

1030. The Diversity of Languages

Three credits. Calabrese, van der Hulst

Overview of world languages and language families. Typological classifications of linguistic properties: what can we expect in the structure of a language? Unity and diversity of language systems. Mechanisms of language change and variation. CA 2. CA 4.

1793. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Head or advisor may be required prior to the student’s departure. May be repeated for credit.

Special topics taken in a foreign study program.

1795. Special Topics Lecture

Credits, prerequisites, and hours as determined by the Senate Curricula and Courses Committee. May be repeated for credit with a change in topic.

2010Q. The Science of Linguistics

Three credits.

An introduction to the methods and major findings of linguistic research as applied to the sound systems of languages and the structure and meaning of words and sentences. CA 3.

2850. Introduction to Sociolinguistics of the Deaf Community

Three credits.

Sociolinguistics, demographics of the Deaf community; study of Deaf subgroups with different sociological, linguistic and cultural backgrounds; sociolinguistic integration of community members with the larger population in their cultural/ethnic community. Knowledge of American Sign Language not required. CA 2. CA 4.

3000. Introduction to Computational Linguistics

Three credits. Recommended preparation: At least one course in linguistics or computer science.

Computational methods in linguistic analysis and natural language processing. Topics include the use of text corpora and other sources of linguistic data; morphological analysis, parsing and language modeling; applications in areas such as information retrieval and machine translation.

3110. Experimental Linguistics

Three credits. Prerequisite: PSYC 1100 and LING 2010Q; open to juniors or higher. Lillo-Martin, Snyder

Research methods and laboratory techniques for the study of language acquisition and/or sentence processing. Students design and conduct a study using a computer database of child speech.

3310Q. Phonology

Three credits. Prerequisite: LING 2010Q; open to juniors or higher.

The analysis of sound patterns in language within a generative framework: distinctive features, segmental and prosodic analysis, word formation, the theory of markedness.

3410Q. Semantics

Three credits. Prerequisite: LING 2010Q; open to students who have completed LING 3510Q only with permission.

Analysis of the semantics of natural languages in a generative framework: truth conditions, compositionality, quantification.

3510Q. Syntax and Semantics

Three credits. Prerequisite: LING 2010Q; open to juniors or higher.

The analysis of form and meaning in natural languages in a Chomskyan framework: surface structures, deep structures, transformational rules, and principles of semantic interpretation.

3511Q. Syntax

Three credits. Prerequisite: LING 2010Q; open to students who have completed LING 3510Q only with permission.

Analysis of the syntax of natural languages in a generative framework: phrase structure, movement, syntactic operations and dependencies.

3610W. Language and Culture

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

The study of language, culture, and their relationship. Topics include the evolution of the human language capacity; the principles of historical language change including reconstruction of Indo-European and Native American language families; writing systems; linguistic forms such as Pidgins and Creoles arising from languages in contact; the interaction between language and political systems, the struggle for human rights, gender, ethnicity, and ethnobiology. CA 2. CA 4-INT.

3789. Undergraduate Research

One to three credits. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

Individual research-related work directed by a faculty member.

3790. Field Study

One to three credits. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Students taking this course will be awarded a grade of S (Satisfactory) or U (Unsatisfactory).

Experiential learning at an agency or business.

3793. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; consent of Department Head required, normally to be granted prior to the student’s departure. May count toward the major with the consent of the advisor. May be repeated for credit.

Special topics taken in a foreign study program.

3795. Special Topics

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary; open to juniors or higher. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

3798. Variable Topics

Three credits. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary; open to juniors or higher. With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit.

3799. Independent Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; instructor consent. May be repeated for credit.

3800. Structure of American Sign Language

(Also offered as ASLN 3800.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ASLN 1102 or LING 2010Q; or consent of the instructor. Recommended preparation: Both ASLN 1102 and LING 2010Q.

Linguistic analyses of American Sign Language focusing on the phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic levels.

3850. Cultural and Linguistic Variation in the Deaf Community

Three credits. Prerequisite: LING 2850.

Language and cultural models used in the Deaf community. Critical examination of demographic subgroups of the Deaf community and their linguistic background.

4500. Advanced Introduction to Syntax

Three credits. Prerequisites: LING 3511Q or consent of instructor.

Concepts and tools of current syntactic theory. Syntactic features, lexical and functional categories, representation of phrase structure, argument structure, Case, movement, locality.

4793. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of Program Director required, normally to be granted before the student’s departure. May count toward the major with consent of the advisor up to a maximum of six credits. May be repeated for credit.

Special topics taken in a foreign study program.

 

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