College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Courses

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LING 201: Introduction to Linguistic Science (5 credits, Social Sciences GUR)

Introduces students to the basic structural components of language (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics) and to the subfields of linguistics, which may include language acquisition, language change over time and space, language in various social contexts, and language and the brain. Students will discover the ways in which language can be studied and the implications such study has for other fields, as well as for their own lives. The course may explore these structural explore the components of linguistics via various themes; these may include Languages of Native North America, Language in a Pluralistic Society, Language and Mind, Linguistic Typology, among others, but it is not repeatable.  May be substituted for by ENGLISH 370 or TESL 401.

 

LING 204: Sociolinguistics (5 credits, Social Sciences GUR)

Examines the relationship between society and language, concentrating on the following areas: address forms, variation theory, language use, sociolinguistics and education, multilingualism, language policy and language attitudes. May substitute with ENG 270 or ANTH 347.

 

LING 310: Introduction to Linguistic Theory (5 credits)

Provides students with a rigorous introduction to the scientific methods linguists use to describe and analyze language. Drawing on data from many of the world’s languages, students will explore the core structural components of grammar:  phonetics (production, transmission, and perception of sounds), phonology (sound patterns), morphology (word formation), syntax (sentence structure), and semantics (meaning). Students will learn to draw conclusions and inferences from linguistic evidence by formulating and testing hypotheses. As an introduction to the linguistics major, this course will prepare students to take more in-depth courses at the 300- and 400-level.

 

LING 311: Phonetics and Phonology (5 credits)

Explores the patterns in the organization of sounds within and across languages. To do so, the first half of the course focuses on the physical and physiological basis of speech sounds, while the second half applies those tools to the formal analysis of sound systems in various languages. An emphasis on analytic thinking and problem solving teaches students to identify, describe, and formalize patterns in sound variation in familiar and unfamiliar languages. A number of theoretical frameworks are introduced, with an emphasis on generative grammar.

 

LING 321: Syntax (5 credits)

Explores the patterns in the organization of words and phrases within and across languages. An emphasis on analytic thinking and problem solving teaches students to identify, describe, and formalize patterns in syntax in familiar and unfamiliar languages. The emphasis is on generative grammar, using a theoretical framework called Principles and Parameters. Also typically includes related discussion in language acquisition and language processing.

 

LING 331: Semantics and Pragmatics (5 credits)

Exploration of semantics and pragmatics across languages and the theoretical principles proposed to explain them.

 

LING 402: Topics in Linguistics (3-5 credits)

LING 402 is a variable topics course. Repeatable. Check with an advisor if you have questions about which 402 to take. If you plan to register for two 402 courses in the same quarter, you will need to go to the Registrar's Office and be manually signed up.

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LING 411: Topics in Phonetics and Phonology (5 credits)

Building on knowledge from Ling 310, Introduction to Linguistic Analysis, and Ling 311 Phonetics and Phonology, this course continues exploration of phonetics and phonological theory, with a focus on investigation of languages other than English. Topics vary depending on instructor; sample course topics include: Optimality Theory, Metrical Phonology, The Metrical Analysis of Poetry, Cognitive Phonology, Experimental Phonetics, and Morphophonology. 

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LING 421: Topics in Morphology and Syntax (5 credits)

Building on the knowledge from Ling 310, Introduction to Linguistic Analysis, and Ling 321 Syntax, this course continues exploration of topics in morphological and syntactic theory, with attention to languages other than English. Focus varies depending on instructor; sample course topics include: The Morphology and Syntax of Native American Languages, Polysynthetic Languages, Psycholinguistics and Syntax, Ellipsis, Question Formation, The Syntax of the Noun Phrase, Pidgins & Creoles. 

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LING 431: Topics in Semantics and Pragmatics (5 credits)

Building on the knowledge from Ling 310, Introduction to Linguistic Analysis, this course continues exploration of topics in semantics and pragmatics, with attention to languages other than English. Focus varies depending on instructor; sample course topics include: Grammaticalization, Formal Semantics, Lexical Semantics, The Semantics of Humor, Discourse Analysis, Speech Act Theory, Metaphors and Figurative Language, Politeness and Apology, among others. 

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