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Linguistics (LING) Courses

Lower Division

LING 205 LANGUAGE IN HUMAN LIFE (3-0-3)(F,S,SU)(FS). An overview of the complex nature of language, its capacity for change, its natural diversity, and its fundamental role in our participation in social life. Students will reflect on common beliefs about language and learn new ways to examine this uniquely and universally human activity. This course is designed as a cross-cultural course and welcomes students from U.S. and international backgrounds.

Upper Division

LING 301 HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). A study of the periods in the development of English; Indo-European and Germanic backgrounds; development of writing; internal and social forces of change; dialects of English. Concentrated work with written documents in English language history. PREREQ: ENGL 102 or PERM/INST.

LING 305 INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE STUDIES (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). A general survey of contemporary language study as it is carried on in the fields of linguistics, anthropology, and psychology, with emphasis on meaning, sounds, words, and sentence formation in English. PREREQ: ENGL 102 or PERM/INST.

LING 306 MODERN ENGLISH GRAMMAR (3-0-3)(F/S)(Even years). An approach to modern English grammar based on linguistic principles. The course will cover word formation and sentence structure, including transformational, structural, and newly developing theories of grammar. PREREQ: LING 305 or PERM/INST.

LING 307 LINGUISTICS IN EDUCATION (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). A survey of applied linguistics with emphasis on theories, concepts, and methods relevant to the teaching of English. Topics include word meaning, language variation, language and context, oral and written discourse, writing systems, literature analysis, dictionaries and grammars, bilingualism, and language planning and problems in teaching English as a first and second language. PREREQ: LING 305 or PERM/INST.

LING 310 FIRST AND SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). An introduction to natural first-language acquisition processes, including the development of phonological, morphological, semantic, syntactic, and pragmatic systems. The course will also examine the acquisition of additional languages by both children and adults, with some attention paid to implications for teaching. PREREQ: LING 305 or PERM/INST.

LING 312 INTRODUCTION TO PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY (3-0-3)(S). Survey of the fields of phonetics and phonology. Topics in phonetics include: familiarization with the articulation and transcription of speech sounds, vocal tract anatomy, acoustics, hearing and perception. Topics in phonology include: The role of phonemes, phonological analysis, features, and syllable structure. Includes laboratory exercises. PREREQ: LING 305 or PERM/INST.

LING 318 INTRODUCTION TO MORPHOLOGY AND SYNTAX (3-0-3)(F). This course employs linguistic principles to study morphology and syntax. Rather than focus on prescribed grammar, this class focuses on descriptive grammar. Students will examine the morphological and syntactic structures in terms of abstract categories and theory, with illustrations from various languages. PREREQ: LING 305 or PERM/INST.

LING 321 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLINGUISTICS (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Provides an introduction to the nature of the relationships among language, culture, and society. Major topics explored are language and thought; conversational theory; the ethnography of communication; language change; language variation; speech communities; pidgins and creoles; diglossia, code switching and mixing; and solidarity and politeness. Several languages are examined in specific social and cultural contexts. PREREQ: LING 305.

LING 327 APPLIED LINGUISTICS IN TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). Introduction to theories and methods of second language learning and teaching. The course examines the social, historical, and cultural contexts that shape language and language acquisition; relationships between first and second language acquisition; ways in which classroom practices can facilitate acquisition; and the role of individual learner identities in successful second language acquisition. PREREQ: LING 305 or PERM/INST.

LING 331 THE POLITICS OF LANGUAGE (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). An overview of connections between language and power in social and political arenas. Emphasis on how language and the construction of racial, gender, and other social categories go hand in hand, and how linguists, policymakers, educators, and different “factions” within the general public talk about linguistic issues differently. PREREQ: LING 305 or PERM/INST.

LING 403 CORPUS LINGUISTICS (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). An introduction to corpus linguistics, an area of language studies that uses computer technology to aid in the collection, storage, and analysis of spoken and written texts. PREREQ: LING 305 and one additional upper-division linguistics course.

LING 406 PSYCHOLINGUISTICS (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). The study of language in relation to mind and cognition. Topics include the relationship between language, thought, and memory; language acquisition; language disorders; and the psychological processes involved in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and spelling. PREREQ: LING 312 and LING 318 or PERM/INST.

LING 418 LINGUISTIC TYPOLOGY (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). Linguistic typology involves exploring linguistic diversity through the systematic comparison and classification of language structures and their associated functions. Offers a broad overview of the field and experience in exploring structural properties of individual languages from a typological perspective. PREREQ: LING 318.

LING 424 ADVANCED TOPICS IN LINGUISTICS (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Topic and focus may vary. May be repeated for up to six credits. PREREQ: LING 305 and at least three credits of 300-level LING courses or PERM/INST.

LING 427 PEDAGOGICAL GRAMMAR (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). An examination of issues related to the teaching of grammar in second language contexts, with a particular emphasis on the description of grammar systems, the acquisition of grammar by second language learners, and the relative effectiveness of different instructional approaches. PREREQ: LING 310 or LING 318 or LING 306 or PERM/INST.

LING 498 CAPSTONE IN LINGUISTICS (3-0-3)(S)(FF). A culminating experience reviewing the different subfields of linguistics through the documentation of an unfamiliar language. Required of all English, Linguistics emphasis majors. PREREQ: Senior standing or PERM/INST.