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Introduction to Language and Linguistics (5 credits, Social Sciences GUR)
Introduction to the scientific study of language and the various subfields of linguistics, including how language is acquired, how it varies across time and space, and how it is used in different social contexts.
Language and Society (5 credits, Social Sciences GUR)
A thematic approach to the study of language use in society; topics might include language and social identity, dialect variation, language contact, endangered languages, language ideology and attitudes in education and the media.
Language and Brain (5 credits, SCI GUR)
This course will address some of the fundamental topics underlying human language including (1) how different components of language are processed by and represented in our brains; (2) how language is acquired and processed throughout the life span; (3) the relationship between language and thought; (4) the effects of music and multilingualism on language networks; and (5) how neuroimaging and computational modeling techniques are used to examine the processing, representation, and acquisition of language
Topics in Linguistics (5 credits)
Topics in linguistics. Variable topics. Repeatable with different topics to a maximum of 10 credits, including original course, but only 5 credits can count towards major requirements.
Experimental Methods in Language Sciences (5 credits)
Introduction to experimental methods and data analysis techniques commonly used in linguistics and language sciences. Basics of experimental design and statistical inference for hypothesis testing, as well as practical training on experimental paradigms used in various academic, research, and corporate fields.
Introduction to Linguistic Analysis (5 credits)
Focused introduction to linguistic analysis in phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics in English and other languages, in preparation for more in-depth courses in theory and analysis in the linguistics major.
Phonetics (5 credits)
Exploration of the mechanisms of speech and on the production, perception and transcription of speech sounds used in various languages.
Phonology (5 credits)
Exploration of the sound systems of the world’s languages; development of an understanding of and ability to do phonological analysis within the framework of generative grammar.
Cognitive Neuroscience of Language (5 credits)
An introduction to the science of the mind via exploration of language, as well as visual perception, attention, memory, learning, problem solving, and consciousness.
Syntax (5 credits)
Exploration of basic syntactic structures and operations across languages and the theoretical principles proposed to explain them.
Semantics and Pragmatics (5 credits)
Exploration of semantics and pragmatics across languages and the theoretical principles proposed to explain them.
Formal Semantics (5 credits)
Introduces students to the formal tools of semantics, including set theory, logic, and lambda calculus.
The Structure of English (5 credits)
Introduction to English sentence structure. Topics include clause structure, modification, complementation, and syntactic principles such as movement, coordinating and pronominalization.
Linguistics, Education, and Social Justice (5 credits)
Exploration of systemic discriminatory practices in education based on language: what they are, how they came to be, and why they continue. Investigation of a diverse range of research and practice on enacting change in teaching about language to promote equity and inclusion.
Advanced Topics in Linguistics (5 credits)
Advanced topics in linguistics. Repeatable with different topics up to a maximum of 15 credits, including original course.
Historical Linguistics (5 credits)
Investigates how phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics evolve over time, revealing universal tendencies in language change as well as unique features in the history of individual families. Surveys the currently accepted genealogical classification of languages and explores how natural processes of linguistic change reflect the inborn human language ability.
Sociolinguistic Fieldwork (5 credits)
This course provides practical instruction in the methods employed in sociolinguistic research and the theoretical background associated with specific approaches. Possible topics for discussion include language variation and change, bi-/multilingualism, language attitudes and ideologies, age, social class, and gender.
Topics in Phonetics and Phonology (5 credits)
Advanced exploration of phonetic and/or phonological phenomena across languages.
Neurophysiology of Language (5 credits)
Provides students with the structural components and organization of the central and peripheral nervous systems and their conduction pathways and functions, with specific emphasis on those structures that subserve normal speech, language and hearing processes.
Topics in Morphology and Syntax (5 credits)
Advanced exploration of morphological and/or syntactic phenomena across languages.
Topics in Semantics and Pragmatics (5 credits)
Advanced exploration of semantics and pragmatics across languages.
Field Methods (5 credits)
Development of skills in linguistic fieldwork, including eliciting, recording, transcribing and analyzing data by working with a native speaker of a language unfamiliar to the students.
Additional 300- and 400-Level Linguistics Electives
Under advisement, select courses from other departments can also count towards the linguistics major (up to 10 credits.) Students must have the appropriate prerequisites. See Additional 300- and 400-Level Linguistics Electives for more detail.