Linguistics

Linguistics Course Offerings 

Linguistics course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of LING in the course listings.

101 – Introduction to Linguistics (3)

Introduction to fresh perspectives on linguistic theory and applications. The course focuses on such diverse topics as animal communication, child language acquisition, human speech, language variation and change, and language as human interaction.

205 – Writing Systems of the World (3)

An introduction to the major writing systems of the world, exploring the linguistic structure, history, and social context of various writing systems, including Chinese, Japanese, cuneiform, hieroglyphic, Semitic languages, English, the Greek and Roman alphabets, and more. In addition, students will learn about the decipherment of the Rosetta Stone, Linear B, and Mayan.

251 – Issues in Linguistics (3)

Significant topics in linguistics. Specific topics vary.

301 – Introduction to Psycholinguistics (3)

Prerequisite: Linguistics 101. An introduction to the mental and biological systems that enable human beings to communicate with language. Topics in psycholinguistics include the biological evolution of language, child language acquisition, speech and language processing, bilingualism, aphasia and dyslexia.

302 – Introduction to Sociolinguistics and Anthropological Linguistics (3)

Prerequisite: Linguistics 101. The course examines the relationship between language and society. At the micro level, the emphasis is on social interaction and the ways language reflects and shapes class, culture, gender, ideology, and conversational style. At the macro level, topics include language maintenance and shift; multilingualism; language variation; language, racism and ethnicity; and language and education.

305 – Linguistics and Text (3)

Prerequisite: LING 101. The application of linguistic methods and theories to the analysis of texts in English.

307 – Language and Gender (3)

Prerequisite: LING 101. This course focuses on research that investigates the relationship between gender and language use in a variety of contexts from talk at work and in the classroom, to talk at home. It explores how speakers (or writers) create and reflect images of masculinities and femininities in their discourse and the forces shaping these identities.

309 – Introduction to Phonology (3)

Prerequisite: LING 101. An introduction to phonology–the sound patterns of language–with emphasis on both English and a variety of languages. Topics include the relation between phonetics and phonology, the role of distinctive features (the atoms of sound), types of common sound alternations and sound changes, and prosodic phenomena such as stress, rhythm, and intonation. Students will learn to describe patterns, and argue for an analysis. In addition, the course will relate theoretical findings to practical applications.

310 – History of the English Language (3)

Prerequisite: LING 101. A history of the English language, with a focus on both the linguistic changes and the sociohistorical influences related to those changes. From Indo-European and Germanic times, through Old and Middle English, up to modern dialects and current developments of American, British, and World Englishes, students will learn about and analyze the changes and cultures of each period.

311 – Introduction to Morphology (3)

Prerequisite: LING 101 or permission of instructor. An introduction to word formation. The course will examine in detail how English and a fascinating variety of languages build existing words from simpler parts, and how they coin new words. Topics include affixation, analogy, compounding, reduplication, the use of templates, and other types of word formation. Questions to be examined include the definition of “word”, the relation of morphology to other aspects of language, the role of psychological factors in a linguistic analysis, and the role of morphology in language change, dialect variation, and language acquisition.

312 – Language Acquisition (3)

Prerequisite: LING 101 or permission of instructor. Focuses primarily on child language acquisition with some attention to adult language acquisition. The course introduces major theoretical perspectives and methodologies in developmental psycholinguistics while examining children’s developing linguistic abilities and language. The course complements focuses of other linguistics courses and those of its disciplinary relatives, education and psychology.

375 – Special Studies (3)

Prerequisite: LING 101 or permission of instructor. Studies of significant topics in linguistics. Consult schedule of courses for specific topic.

470 – Seminar in Linguistics (3)

Prerequisites: LING 101 and a 300-level linguistics course or permission of the instructor. Advanced work in selected topics in linguistics.

491, 492 – Individual Study in Linguistics (3, 3)

Individual study under the guidance of a member of the staff. By permission of the department. Only three credits may be counted toward the English major.

499 – Internship (1–6)

Supervised off-campus experience, developed in consultation with the department. Up to three credits may be counted toward the English major.