Linguistics Course Descriptions
105. Linguistic Analysis: Sounds and Words (I or II; 3, 0)
One semester of a two-semester introduction to linguistics. Topics include: phonetics, phonology, word forms, language change, language acquisition. No prerequisite.
110. Linguistic Analysis: Sentences and Dialects (I or II; 3, 0)
One semester of a two-semester introduction to linguistics. Topics include: syntax, semantics, language variation, language and society. No prerequisite.
205. Phonetics and Phonology (AII; 3, 0)
An investigation into the articulatory and acoustic properties and patterns of speech sounds, with application to speech pathology, processing and phonological theory. Prerequisite: LING 105.
206. Morphology (AI; 3, 0)
Explores the mental lexicon, the internal structure of words, and the processes by which words are formed in a wide variety of languages. Prerequisite: LING 105.
210. Language and Race (AI or AII; 3, 0)
An introduction to "non-standard" dialects of English with a primary focus on African-American Vernacular English (AAVE or Ebonics). This course explores the linguistic and non-linguistic factors that give rise to language variation.
215. Syntax (I; 3, 0)
Contemporary generative theory of phrase structure and its relation to meaning. Focus on comparative syntax and its implications for Universal Grammar. Prerequisite: LING 110 or permission of the instructor.
216. Semantics (AI or AII; 3, 0)
An introduction to the fundamental notions, arguments, and techniques of linguistic semantics. Focus on how meaning is structured and represented by the human mind. Prerequisite: LING 110 or permission of the instructor.
225. Language and the Brain (AI or AII; 3, 0)
An examination of the physical basis for language. Topics include the nature of language as a cognitive faculty, language evolution, language acquisition, atypical language development in childhood, and acquired aphasia.
230. Psycholinguistics (II; 3, 0)
Analysis of psychological processes involved in language. Topics include language production and perception in children, adults, bilinguals, and exceptional populations.
241. Teaching Foreign Language (II; 3, 0)
The objectives, materials, and methods of teaching foreign language skills. Prerequisites: LING 105 and a course in the structure of one foreign language.
295. Topics in Linguistics (AI or AII; R; 3, 0)
A specific linguistic topic, to be selected. Prerequisite: LING 105 or LING 110 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.
315. Advanced Syntax (AII; 3, 0)
Topics in advanced generative syntax, emphasis on new developments in syntactic theory. Prerequisite: LING 215.
319. Undergraduate Research (I and II; R) Half to full course.
Research in psycholinguistics. Research topics may be posed by students or faculty. Prerequisite: LING 230 and permission of the instructor.
326. Language and Cognition (II; 3, 0)
Advanced study of language perception, production, acquisition, evolution, computational models, and neural mechanisms. Focus on recent developments in the field. Crosslisted as PSYC 326. Prerequisite: a 200-level course from Cluster A in psychology or 200-level linguistics course.
330. Advanced Topics in Psycholinguistics (AII; R; 3, 0)
Advanced study in psycholinguistics. Includes topics such as language production, language comprehension, and bilingualism. Prerequisite: LING 230 or permission of the instructor.
340. Typology and Universals (AII; 3, 0)
Examination of the wide range of features in the world's languages. The course is mainly descriptive, with some theory regarding the source of linguistic universals. Prerequisite: one of the following: LING 205, LING 206, LING 215, or LING 216.
390. Independent Study (I and II; R) Half to full course.
Subject to be selected by the student in consultation with the instructor. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.