Linguistics  

LING 405 - Introduction to Linguistics
Credits: 4.00
Overview of the study of language: universal properties of human language, Chomsky's innateness hypothesis, language acquisition in children, dialects and language variation, language change. Includes an introduction to modern grammar (phonology, syntax, and semantics) and to scientific linguistic methodology. (Also offered as ENGL 405.)

LING 405H - Honors/Introduction to Linguistics
Credits: 4.00
Overview of the study of language: universal properties of human language, Chomsky's innateness hypothesis, language acquisition in children, dialects and language variation, language change. Includes an introduction to modern grammar (phonology, syntax, and semantics) and to scientific linguistic methodology. (Also offered as ENGL 405.)

LING 444F - Language Matters in America
Credits: 4.00
Students engage in active research to understand how we use language to construct and interpret identity. Linguistic patterns typical of groups of various types (regional, ethnic, gender, age, communities of shared practice, etc.) are explored as are issues related to education, language use in politics and marketing, ESL, ASL, and African-American English. Course engages students in inquiry-based learning: determining what questions are important in the field, figuring out how to find answers, pursuing these answers, and interpreting what you find out, following established practices in the social sciences. Writing intensive. (Also listed as ENGL 444F.)

LING 605 - Intermediate Linguistic Analysis
Credits: 4.00
Analysis and problem solving in phonology, morphology, and syntax using data from many languages. Emphasis is both practical (learning how to describe grammar and sound system of a language) and theoretical (understanding languages' behavior). Prereq: LING/ENGL 405, or permission. (Also offered as ENGL 605.)

LING 606 - Languages of the World
Credits: 4.00
A survey of the languages of the world from genetic, areal, and typological perspectives. Students learn about the geographic and demographic distribution of language families and language isolates, as well as about structural characteristics of languages, language families and language areas. Addtional topics include language endangerment and the question of lingusitic universals. Students work collaboratively on a project investigating a particular language family, giving in class presentations and writing up a final project report. Some prior knowledge of phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax is necessary. Prereq: ENGL/LING 605 or ENGL/LING 405 and permission of the instructor.

LING 620 - Applied Experience in Linguistics
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
Students who have an opportunity for appropriate career-oriented work experience may arrange with a faculty sponsor to add an academic component. The work must be related to the linguistics major, and nonacademic employers must normally be an established organization approved by Career Services. Research and writing required in addition to the job experience. Registration requires permission of employer, faculty sponsor, and major adviser. May be repeated with permission to a maximum of 8 credits. Up to 4 credits may count toward the linguistics major requirements, with permission of the program coordinator. Prereq: LING 505; permission. Cr/F.

LING 695 - Senior Honors
Credits: 4.00
Open to senior LING majors who, in the opinion of the department, have demonstrated the capacity to do superior work. Prereq: permission.

LING 719 - Sociolinguistics Survey
Credits: 4.00
How language varies according to the characteristics of its speakers: age, sex, ethnicity, attitude, time, and class. Quantitative analysis methods; relationships to theoretical linguistics. Focus is on English, but some other languages are examined. Prereq; ENGL or LING 405 (previously numbered 505) or permission. (Also offered as ENGL 719.)

LING 779 - Linguistic Field Methods
Credits: 4.00
Study of a non-Indo-European language by eliciting examples from an informant, rather than written descriptions of the language. Students learn how to work out the grammar of a language from raw data. Prereq: ENGL/LING 505. (Also offered as ENGL 779.) (Not offered every year.) Writing intensive.

LING 790 - Special Topics in Linguistics Theory
Credits: 4.00
Advanced course on a topic chosen by the instructor. Inquire at the English department office for a full course description each time the course is offered. Topics such as word formation, dialectology, linguistic theory, and language acquisition, history of linguistics, language and culture, cross-disciplinary studies relating to linguistics. Barring duplication of subject, may be repeated for credit. (Also offered as ENGL 790.) Writing intensive.

LING 793 - Phonetics and Phonology
Credits: 4.00
Sound system of English and of other languages viewed from the standpoint of modern linguistic theory, including the following topics: the acoustic and articulatory properties of speech sounds, the phonemic repertoires of particular languages, phonological derivations, and prosodic phenomena such as stress and intonation. Prereq: a basic linguistics course or permission. (Also offered as ENGL 793.)

LING 794 - Syntax and Semantic Theory
Credits: 4.00
Relationship of grammar and meaning viewed from the standpoint of modern linguistic theory. Emphasis on the syntax and semantics of English, with special attention to the construction of arguments for or against particular analyses. Prereq: a basic linguistics course or permission. (Also offered as ENGL 794.) Writing intensive.

LING 795 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
A) Synchronic Linguistics, B) Diachronic Linguistics, C) Linguistic Theory. For students showing a special aptitude for linguistics who desire to pursue a line of inquiry for which no appropriate course is offered. All requests must be forwarded by the faculty sponsor to the director of the Inter-departmental Linguistics Committee.

LING 796 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.00 to 4.00
A) Synchronic Linguistics, B) Diachronic Linguistics, C) Linguistic Theory. For students showing a special aptitude for linguistics who desire to pursue a line of inquiry for which no appropriate course is offered. All requests must be forwarded by the faculty sponsor to the director of the Inter-departmental Linguistics Committee.