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Linguistics Spring 2017

Undergraduate

300-Level Courses in LING

LING 306: General Linguistics (3 Credits)

Overview of grammatical structure of English including world classes, phrases, and complex sentences. Analyzes English grammar using modern syntactic theory. Students engage in language description through problem solving.

LING 307: English Grammar (3 Credits)

Overview of grammatical structure of English including word classes, phrases, and complex sentences. Analyzes English grammar using modern syntactic theory. Students engage in language description through problem solving.

400-Level Courses in LING

LING 450: Introduction to Sociolinguistics (3 Credits)

Overview of the study of language variation and change. Topics to be covered include the interaction between language and social factors (age, sex, social class), dialects of English, speech communities, language contact, and language and gender.

LING 480: First Language Acquisition (3 Credits)

Examines first language acquisition from a linguistic perspective. Covers the development of a first phonology, syntax, and semantics. Methodology in studying child language is discussed.

LING 485: Semantics and Pragmatics (3 Credits)

Developments in theoretical linguistics that explore how language form is related to meaning and context. Topics include reference, lexical semantics, logic, quantification, truth conditions and sentential meaning, presuppositions, and speech acts.

LING 486: Syntax I (3 Credits)

Nature and form of syntactic theory, and examination and analysis of the properties of several major natural language syntactic structures.

LING 490: Generative Phonology (3 Credits)

Sound systems of English and other languages from perspectives of phonological theory. Topics include articulatory phonetics, distinctive features, nature of phonological representations, rhythm and stress, and phonological universals and constraints.

LING 499: Independent Study (1-3 Credits)

Intensive study of particular theoretical problem in linguistics conducted by student in close consultation with instructor. Student produces substantial piece of written work on research findings.

Graduate

500-Level Courses in LING

LING 507: Field Work in Applied Linguistics (3 Credits)

Field work providing working experience in language-teaching program or educational research organization.

LING 520: Introduction to Linguistics (3 Credits)

Introduces terminology and methodology of modern linguistic science, and detailed structural analysis of English phonology, morphology, and syntax.

LING 521: Applied Linguistics: Teaching English as a Second Language (3 Credits)

Theories and basic principles of teaching a second language, especially as they relate to English language. Introduces students to methods of teaching English to speakers of other languages.

LING 522: Modern English Grammar (3 Credits)

Overview of structure of modern English beginning with word classes and ending with analyses of complex sentences. Most topics introduced as problems of language description; in solving them, principles of syntactic argumentation are demonstrated. Students learn to tap intuitions about English to analyze grammatical structure.

LING 523: English Phonetics (3 Credits)

In-depth description and analysis of sound system processes of modern English. Topics include segmental phonetics, syllable structure, connected speech, and prosodic phenomena. Also addresses implications for language instruction.

LING 525: Practicum in ESL (3 Credits)

Involves preparation and presentation of lessons to adult English as second language (ESL) learners under guidance of mentor teacher and practicum professor. Field experience consists of observation and teaching in assigned ESL classroom.

LING 580: First Language Acquisition (3 Credits)

Examines first language acquisition from a linguistic perspective. Covers the development of a first phonology, syntax, and semantics. Methodology in studying child language is discussed.

LING 581: Psycholinguistics (3 Credits)

Study of mental and psychological aspects of human language, including aphasia, association, autism, language acquisition, verbal concept formation, and perception.

LING 582: Second Language Acquisition (3 Credits)

Examines second language (L2) acquisition from linguistic perspective. Compares first and second language acquisition. Explores factors contributing to L2 variation, including linguistic universals, transfer, age, input, and affective considerations.

600-Level Courses in LING

LING 650: Introduction to Sociolinguistics (3 Credits)

An overview of the study of language variation and change. Topics to be covered include the interaction between language and social factors (age, sex, social class), dialects of English, speech communities, language contact, and language and gender.

LING 686: Special Topics in Linguistics (3 Credits)

Detailed advanced study of selected area of linguistics.

LING 690: Generative Phonology (3 Credits)

Sound systems of English and other languages from the perspective of phonological theory. Topics include articulatory phonetics, distinctive features, nature of phonological representations and processes, rule ordering, abstractness, role of external evidence, and nonlinear phonology.

LING 691: Theories of Language (3 Credits)

Seminar in linguistic metatheory. Examines wide range of theories about language and linguistic theory, including those of Saussure, Bloomfield, Chomsky, and others. Readings from original sources.

LING 692: Phonology II (3 Credits)

Recent trends in phonological theory. Topics include stress assignment, tone spreading, and vowel harmony, from within nonlinear framework. Discusses segmental structure and underspecification.

700-Level Courses in LING

LING 770: Research Methods (3 Credits)

Conceptualizing and conducting second language research, including process of developing research questions, gathering data, obtaining permission from institutional review board, choosing data collection measures, and coding linguistic and nonlinguistic data.

LING 782: Second Language Acquisition II (3 Credits)

Advanced course in second-language acquisition theory. Detailed analysis of internal and external constraints. Variation addressed from linguistic, psychological, and environmental perspectives.

LING 785: Semantics and Pragmatics (3 Credits)

Developments in theoretical linguistics that explore how language form relates to meaning and context. Topics include reference, lexical semantics, logic, quantification, truth conditions and sentential meaning, presuppositions, and speech acts.

LING 786: Syntax I (3 Credits)

Nature and form of syntactic theory. Examines and analyzes properties of several major natural language syntactic structures.

LING 787: Syntax II (3 Credits)

Theoretical treatment of syntactic phenomena that have emerged as standard problems for syntactic analysis. Problems include binding, extraction, and quantification. Extensive reading in primary theoretical literature.

LING 788: Semantics and Pragmatics II (3 Credits)

Advanced course in semantic and pragmatic theory. Study of meaning under truth-conditional, model-theoretic framework explored and related to syntax and pragmatics.

LING 798: Directed Reading and Research (1-3 Credits)

Reading, research, and writing on specific project under direction of departmental member.

LING 799: Thesis (1-6 Credits)

Students who take LING 798 to develop thesis topic and then elect thesis option receive 3 credits after completing thesis. Students who do not take LING 798, or who take it to work on project unrelated to thesis, receive up to 6 credits after completing thesis.

800-Level Courses in LING

LING 882: Seminar in Language Acquisition (3 Credits)

Advanced topics seminar in current language acquisition theory.

LING 886: Advanced Syntax Seminar (3 Credits)

Advanced course in current syntactic theory.

LING 890: Advanced Phonology Seminar (3 Credits)

Advanced topics seminar in current phonological theory.

LING 897: Independent study (3 Credits)

Independent reading on a topic agreed on by student and faculty member.

LING 898: Advanced Qualifying Seminar (3 Credits)

Work on PhD qualifying paper.

900-Level Courses in LING

LING 998: Doctoral Dissertation Proposal (1-6 Credits)

Work on research proposal that forms basis for the doctoral dissertation.

LING 999: Doctoral Dissertation (1-12 Credits)

Doctoral dissertation research and writing under direction of student's dissertation committee.