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Courses - Fall 2015
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
LING311
Syntax I
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
Phonetics
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
Phonology I
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.
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.
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.
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
LING449E
Topics in Psycholinguistics; Biology of Language
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-disciplinary examination of the definition of human language and the degree to which other animals can acquire language. Topics include studies of human language learning in animals, mirror neurons and theories of speech perception, and category learning. Insights from linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, and animal behanior.
LING449M
Topics in Psycholinguistics; Cognitive Mechanisms in Language Comprehension
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisites: LING311 and LING321.

Introduction to the cognitive mechanisms that interact with mental grammar in language comprehension in native monolingual, bilingual, & L2 speakers. Focus on sentence processing. Topics include cognitive control, memory retrieval, and predictive processes. Methodology for investigating these issues. Readings in classic & cutting-edge experimental findings.
LING460
Diversity and Unity in Human Languages
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
Prerequisite: LING240 or LING200.
Fundamentals of grammatical typology as they relate to issues in social attitudes towards language. Linguistic structure of standard and non-standard languages and dialects. Relationship of different writing systems to linguistic structure. Issues in bilingualism and multilingualism.
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.