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1010. Language and Mind

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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1020. Language and Environment

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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. SM-11/12/12

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1030. The Diversity of Languages

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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1793. Foreign Study

1.00 - 3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Special topics taken in a foreign study program. May be repeated for credit. Consent of Department Head or advisor may be required prior to the student's departure.

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1795. Special Topics Lecture

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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2010Q. The Science of Linguistics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Cannot be taken after passing LING 3110.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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2793. Foreign Study

1.00 - 15.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Special topics taken in a foreign study program. 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.

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2850. Introduction to Sociolinguistics of the Deaf Community

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3000Q. Introduction to Computational Linguistics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: At least one course in Linguistics or Computer Science.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3110. Experimental Linguistics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PSYC 1100; LING 2010; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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. GEOC

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3310Q. Phonology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: LING 2010; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3410Q. Semantics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: LING 2010. Not open for credit for students who have passed LING 3510.

Grading Basis: Graded

Analysis of the semantics of natural languages in a generative framework: truth conditions, compositionality, quantification. SM- 10/14/13

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3510Q. Syntax and Semantics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: LING 2010; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3511Q. Syntax

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: LING 2010. Not open for credit for students who have passed LING 3510.

Grading Basis: Graded

Analysis of the syntax of natural languages in a generative framework: phrase structure, movement, syntactic operations and dependencies. SM- 10/14/13

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3610W. Language and Culture

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3789. Undergraduate Research

1.00 - 3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Individual research-related work directed by a faculty member. May be repeated for credit.

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3790. Field Study

1.00 - 3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Experiential learning at an agency or business. May be repeated for credit. Students taking this course will be awarded a grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

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3793. Foreign Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Special topics taken in a foreign study program. May be repeated for credit. 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.

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3795. Special Topics

1.00 - 3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary by section; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit.

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3798. Variable Topics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary by section; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit.

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3799. Independent Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

May be repeated for credit.

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3800. Structure of American Sign Language

Also offered as: ASLN 3800

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ASLN 1102 or LING 2010Q Recommended preparation: Both ASLN 1102 and LING 2010Q

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3850. Cultural & Linguistic Variation in the Deaf Community

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: LING 2850

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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4500. Advanced Introduction to Syntax

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: LING 3511Q

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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4793. Foreign Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Special topics taken in a foreign study program. 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.

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