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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2010-2011

College of Liberal Arts


Linguistics (LING)


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Coordinator: Rochelle Lieber
Lecturer: Maya Ravindranath Abtahian
Core Faculty: Thomas A. Carnicelli, Holly R. Cashman, Richard E. Clairmont, Mary Morris Clark, Willem A. deVries, Aleksandra Fleszar, Piero Garofalo, Mardi J. Kidwell, Lina Lee, Rochelle Lieber, Gregory McMahon, Paul McNamara, Christina Ortmeier-Hooper, Danielle Pillet-Shore

Linguistics is the study of one of the most important characteristics of human beings—language. It cuts across the boundaries between the sciences and the humanities. The program is an excellent liberal arts major or preprofessional major for education, law, medicine, clergy, and others. It is a particularly appropriate major for students who want to teach English as a second language. Dual majors with a foreign language, international affairs, business administration, and the like are quite feasible.

Students interested in the major or the minor should consult with the program coordinator or with any professor who teaches linguistics courses. To declare a major in linguistics, a student must meet with the linguistics coordinator to design a course of study. Information is available from the Advising Center, Hood House, and at

A minor in linguistics also is available and consists of any five linguistics courses, including LING 405 or ENGL 405, approved by the linguistics coordinator.

Requirements for the Major
All of the following
LING 405, Introduction to Linguistics
LING 605, Intermediate Linguistic Analysis
LING 793, Phonetics and Phonology
LING 794, Syntax and Semantic Theory

One course in historical linguistics
CLAS 506, Introduction to Comparative and Historical Linguistics
ENGL 752, History of the English Language
GERM 733, History and Structure of the German Language
ITAL 733, History of Italian
RUSS 733, History and Development of the Russian Language
SPAN 733, History of the Spanish Language

Two years college study (or equivalent) of one foreign language

One of the following cognate specialties
One year college study (or equivalent) of a second foreign language from a different language family or subfamily (Old English may count as the second foreign language if the first foreign language is not in the Germanic family)

PSYC 712, Psychology of Language (with its prerequisite, either PSYC 512, Psychology of Primates, or PSYC 513, Cognitive Psychology)

CS 765, Introduction to Computational Linguistics (Requires permission from the professor. Knowledge of LISP, SCHEME or PERL programming languages required)

Two elective courses from the list below
Anthropology: 670, Language and Culture; 795, 796, Reading and Research in Anthropology: B. Anthropological Linguistics
Communication: 572, Language and Social Interaction; 583, Gender and Communication; CMN 666, Conversation Analysis; 672, Theories of Language and Discourse
Communication Sciences and Disorders: 522, The Acquisition of Language; 738, Linguistics of American Sign Language; 775, Advanced Language Acquisition
Computer Sciences: 765, Introduction to Computational Linguistics
English: 444B, The Secret Lives of Words; 444F, Language Matters in America; 715, TESL: Theory and Methods; 716, Curriculum, Materials, and Assessment in English as a Second Language; 717, World Englishes; 718, English Linguistics and Literature; 719, Sociolinguistics Survey; 727, Issues in Second Language Writing; 752, History of the English Language; 790, Special Topics in Linguistics; 791, English Grammar
LLC: 791, Methods of Foreign Language Teaching
German: 733, History and Structure of the German Language
Italian: 733, History of Italian
Latin: 795, 796, Special Studies in Latin (when topic is appropriate)
Linguistics: 444B, The Secret Lives of Words; 444F, Language Matters in America; 620, Applied Experience in Linguistics; 717, World Englishes; 719, Sociolinguistics Survey; 790, Special Topics in Linguistics; 795, 796, Independent Study
Philosophy: 550, Symbolic Logic; 618, Recent Anglo-American Philosophy; 650, Logic: Scope and Limits; 745, Philosophy of Language
Psychology: 512, Psychology of Primates; 513, Cognitive Psychology; 712, Psychology of Language. (Students may count either PSYC 512 or 513 toward the linguistics major or minor, but not both.)
Russian: 733, History and Development of the Russian Language
Spanish: 641, Spanish Phonetics; 645, Introduction to Spanish Linguistics; 733, History of the Spanish Language; 790, Grammatical Structure of Spanish

Discovery Program Capstone Experience
Either LING 779, Linguistic Field Methods, or LING 695, Senior Honors.

Other courses may be substituted, with the permission of the student’s adviser and the Linguistics Committee, when they are pertinent to the needs of the student’s program.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Major courses taken to satisfy major requirements cannot be used to satisfy Discovery requirements, UNLESS Linguistics is your second major.

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