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Courses - Spring 2018
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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: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-Linguistics department.
LING262
HERITAGE LANGUAGES AND THEIR SPEAKERS
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Additional information: One class per week will be in-field instruction in collecting data from heritage speakers.
An interdisciplinary examination of the phenomenon of heritage language (a bilingual's home language which is distinct from the dominant language of the wider society). Relationship between linguistic structure, cultural and social aspects of language use, and language change. Interpretations of experimental and theoretical work. Relevance of heritage languages for linguistic theory, language policy, and education.
LING298B
Special Topics in Linguistics; Biology of Language
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.
LING312
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: LING311.
Continuation of LING311. Development of theories of syntax. Criteria fo revising theories. Methods and strategies of scientific efforts to explain natural phenomena.
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.
LING322
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: LING321.
Continuation of LING321. Further investigation of phonological phenomen and phonological theory. Revising and elaborating the theory of the phonological representation; interaction of phonology and morphology.
LING330
Historical Linguistics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: LING321.
Recommended: LING311.
A traditional presentation of language change. Language types and families, sounds and writing systems, grammatical categories. Reconstruction of proto-languages by internal and comparative methods.
LING410
Grammar and Meaning
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; or LING311.
The basic notions of semantic theory: reference, quantification, scope relations, compositionality, thematic relations, tense and time, etc. The role these notions play in grammars of natural languages. Properties of logical form and relationship with syntax.
LING419L
(Perm Req)
Topics in Syntax; Negative Dependencies and Ellipsis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: permission of department. Formal approaches to the syntax of ellipsis and negation. The nature of different types of ellipsis (where there is meaning that is not expressed overtly as in Jo was watching TV,but Sam "wasnt __" or "Jo saw someone but I dont know who ___".) Expression of negation in natural languages (e.g. sentence negation, negative concord, and licensing of negative polarity items).How content is retrieved in cases of ellipsis and the interaction between ellipsis and negation.
LING420
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: LING321 and LING311.
Examination of shape and meaning of possible words, both across languages and within particular languages. Interaction between principles of word formation and other components of a grammar: syntax, logical form and phonology.
LING448
(Perm Req)
Advanced Laboratory Research in Linguistics
Credits: 2 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-Linguistics department.
LING449R
(Perm Req)
Topics in Psycholinguistics; Syntactic and Semantic Arguments in Language Acquisition
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: LING311. Some experimental background is recommended (e.g., LING440, LING444, PSYC300, HESP300, HESP400, or psycho/ling lab experience. Investigation into representations of arguments in syntax and semantics and how those representations are acquired. Formal approaches to predicate argument structure, clause structure, and thematic relations. Relations between verb meanings and distributions, and theories of how these are used by children learning language. Critical examination of primary-source experimental literature in first language acquisition. Principles of experimental design; final project in which students design their own psycholinguistic experiment.
LING499
(Perm Req)
Directed Studies in Linguistics
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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LING499C
(Perm Req)
Directed Studies in Linguistics; Teaching Assistantship
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
LING499H
(Perm Req)
Directed Studies in Linguistics
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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LING611
Issues in Syntax
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: LING610.
Topics of current theoretical interest examined through data from a variety of languages.
LING641
Issues in Psycholinguistics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: LING640.
Topics of current interest in psycholinguistics, including both theoretical approaches and experimental and analytical issues in language acquisition, language processing, and neurolinguistics.
LING661
Issues in Semantics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: LING660; or permission of ARHU-Linguistics department.
A second course in semantic theory. Application of basic concepts and methods to topics of current theoretical interest.
LING689
Independent Study
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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LING689T
Independent Study; Pedagogy for Linguistics
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
Designed for novice instructors to collaboratively explore and evaluate methodologies that support teaching improvement and learner achievement.
LING773
Computational Linguistics II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: LING723 or CMSC723; or permission of instructor.
Also offered as: CMSC773.
Formerly: LING647.
Natural language processing with a focus on corpus-based statistical techniques. Topics include: stochastic language modeling, smoothing, noisy channel models, probabilistic grammars and parsing; lexical acquisition, similarity-based methods, word sense disambiguation, statistical methods in NLP applications; system evaluation.
Also offered as INST728C. Credit granted for LING773 or INST728C.
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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LING819D
Seminar in Syntactic Theory; Ellipsis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
The development of theories of ellipsis from the early days of generative grammar to the present. Particular emphasis on "repair by ellipsis".
LING879B
Seminar in Semantics; Modality: Grammar, Meaning, and Acquisition
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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