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Courses - Fall 2017
LING
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LING200
Introductory Linguistics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
Credit only granted for: HESP120 or LING200.
Additional information: Does not count toward the Linguistics major and does not fulfill prerequisite requirements for all upper-level courses.
An exploration of the nature of human language, designed for non-majors Introduction to the basic concepts and methodology of modern linguistic analysis (sound systems, word formation, sentence structure). Additional topics may include: semantics, pragmatics, social aspects of language, dialects, language change, acquisition, writing systems, typology, language universals, comparison with other communication systems, etc.
LING240
Language and Mind
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU
Additional information: Required for Linguistics majors and recommended for students in related fields.
The study of language as a cognitive phenomenon. Focus on mastering the concepts and technical skills required for further courses in linguistics. Ways of representing people's knowledge of their native language, ways in which that knowledge is attained naturally by children, and how it is used in speaking and listening. Additional topics may include: animal communication, language and the brain, language and thought.
LING248
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Laboratory Research in Linguistics
Credits: 2 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg
LING298A
Special Topics in Linguistics; Writing Systems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
LING311
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: LING240.
Basic concepts, analytical techniques of generative syntax, relation to empirical limits imposed by viewing grammars as representations of a component of human mind. Aspects of current theories.
LING320
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in LING200.
Recommended: LING240.
Additional information: This course counts as a core course for the linguistics major. Only one of Ling320 or HESP403 can be used to count towards the Linguistics major.
Representations and models of acoustic and articulatory phonetics. Develops concepts and skills for description, measurement and scientific analysis of the sound systems of human languages, including various varieties of English.
LING321
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: LING240.
Properties of sound systems of human languages, basic concepts and analytical techniques of generative phonology. Empirical limits imposed by viewing grammars as cognitive representations. Physiological properties and phonological systems; articulatory phonetics and distinctive feature theory.
LING350
Philosophy of Language
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHIL170 or LING311.
Also offered as: PHIL360.
Credit only granted for: LING350 or PHIL360.
The nature and function of language and other forms of symbolism from a philosophical perspective.
LING419K
Topics in Syntax; Island Constraints and their Exceptions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Constraints on the form of wh-questions and related dependencies, apparent exceptions to these constraints, e.g. with resumptive pronouns. Grammatical and processing-based accounts of these constraints and exceptions.
LING440
Grammars and Cognition
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: LING321 and LING311.
Relationship between the structure, development and functioning of grammars and the structure, development and functioning of other mental systems. Interpretations of experimental and observational work on children's language, aphasia, speech production and comprehension.
LING444
Child Language Acquisition
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: LING311.
Examines language acquisition in infancy and early childhood: the natur of children's linguistic representations and how these develop naturally. Role of (possible) innate linguistic structure and interaction of such structure with experience. Evaluation of methods and results of current and classic research leading to contemporary models of language development.
LING448
(Perm Req)
Advanced Laboratory Research in Linguistics
Credits: 2 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg
LING449P
Topics in Psycholinguistics; Acquisition: Learnability Puzzles that Children Solve
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Some parts of language acquisition are harder than others. Among the hard stuff, there are some cases where children seem to face a learnability problem: they have incorrect representations that result in their grammars generating all of the sentences that adult grammars do, but also other sentences that adult grammars do not generate. It seems that children nevertheless 'recover' from this overgeneration state. The question is: how? In this course we will examine cases of learnability puzzles that children somehow manage to recover from, develop hypotheses about how children do this, and plan experimental studies that would test these hypotheses.
LING499
(Perm Req)
Directed Studies in Linguistics
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
LING499C
Directed Studies in Linguistics; Teaching Assistantship
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Designed for students that will be teaching assistants for LING200.
LING499H
(Perm Req)
Directed Studies in Linguistics
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
LING610
Syntactic Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: LING312.
Intensive introduction to transformational syntax.
LING625
Morphology and the Lexicon
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
The structure of words and investigation of how word formation processes interact with other components of grammar.
LING640
(Perm Req)
Psycholinguistics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Core graduate course in psycholinguistics, covering leading theoretical approaches and experimental methods in language acquisition, language processing, and neurolinguistics.
LING646
Cognitive Neuroscience of Language
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Overview of classical and recent work on the neural basis of speech and language, with a goal of introducing contemporary methods and results to prepare the student to read the neurolinguistics and cognitive neuroscience literature. An emphasis will be placed on current techniques.
LING660
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Semantics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Basic concepts and methods of contemporary semantic theory including basic set theory, elementary propositional and predicate calculus, the structure of predicates and propositions, quantification binding. Prepares students for study of more advanced topics in semantics.
Also offered as PHIL688T. Credit granted for LING660 or PHIL688T.
LING663
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: LING660 or PHIL660; or permission of instructor.
Recommended: LING661.
An intensive introduction to formal linguistic pragmatics: the study of systematic dependencies of meaning on context of use. Topics will include implicature, presupposition, reference, topic, focus, and the linguistic means of expressing these.
LING689
Independent Study
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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LING698
Directed Study; Seminar
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
LING698T
Directed Study; Pedagogy for Linguistics
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Required for LING200 Teaching Assistants.
LING723
Computational Linguistics I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: CMSC421; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department; or permission of instructor.
Also offered as: CMSC723, INST735.
Credit only granted for: CMSC723, LING723, or INST735.
Formerly: LING645.
Fundamental methods in natural language processing. Topics include: finite-state methods, context-free and extended context-free models of syntax; parsing and semantic interpretation; n-gram and Hidden Markov models, part-of-speech tagging; natural language applications such as machine translation, automatic summarization, and question answering.
LING798
(Perm Req)
Research Papers in Linguistics
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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LING799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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LING819Q
Seminar in Syntactic Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
LING848
Seminar in Computational Linguistics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
LING849
Seminar in Psycholinguistics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
LING889
Directed Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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LING895
Doctoral Research Paper
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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LING896
Research Paper in Minor Area
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: LING895.
This course is designed to strengthen the students' ability to do research in a minor area of expertise, and to help them create a publishable piece. In addition, the course constitutes part of a set of requirements to advance to doctoral candidacy.
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LING898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
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LING899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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