Winter 2018 400-Level Courses

Winter 2018 400-Level Courses

LING 402: Morphology - Edward Vajda, PhD

MWF 1:00-1:50

Prerequisite: LING 310

This course provides a thorough analysis of concepts and theories involving the internal structure of words (morphology). It covers English word formation by comparing it with the morphologies of many other languages. It also studies the interface with syntax (morphosyntax) and phonology (morphophonology) across languages. The course analyzes many examples of morphological and syntactic patterns found in languages radically different from English that illustrate the concepts being covered.

 

LING 402/CHIN 402: Introduction to Chinese Language and Linguistics - Janet Xing, Ph.D

TR 10:00-11:50

Prerequisite: LING 310

This course is designed for students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the structure and usage of Mandarin (Modern standard) Chinese. Through class discussion, reading materials, and a research project, students explore all core areas of the Chinese language and linguistics: phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, as well as dialect variations. Development of grammatical features and the evolution of Chinese scripts will also be examined. Included as part of the course is a cursory look at the relationship between language and culture.

Since this is a writing proficiency 400 level seminar course (WP3), students are required to write an original research paper (15-20 pages long, typed, double spaced) on any aspect of Chinese language and linguistics. This research project includes three phases: 1) to select a topic by researching the subject area of your interest and to write a research abstract/proposal including, but not limited to, research method, data sources, and major references, 2) to develop a PPT oral presentation, and 3) to compose the paper.

 

LING 421: Topics in Morphology & Syntax: Grammaticalization - Janet Xing, Ph.D

TR 2:00-3:50 +1 hour arranged

Prerequisite: LING 321

DESCRIPTION: This course (WP3) investigates both theoretical and methodological issues relevant to the study of grammaticalization, the change whereby lexical terms (e.g. nouns and verbs) and constructions come in certain linguistic contexts to serve grammatical functions (e.g. particles, aspect markers).

OBJECTIVES: This course is designed for linguistic students to gain a general understanding of the study of grammaticalization. Through class discussion, reading materials, and a (team) research project, students explore the core areas of grammaticalization: morphological, syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic changes. Directionality and characteristics of typological variations in grammaticalization will also be examined.

Since this is a writing proficiency 400 level seminar course (WP3), students are required to write an original research paper (15-20 pages long, typed, double spaced) on a case of grammatialization of any language(s) that students are familiar with. This project includes three phases: 1) to select a research topic and write a proposal including research question, research method, data source, and major references, 2) to make a PPT oral presentation, and 3) to compose the paper.

 

LING 402/ENG 436: The Structure of English – Dr. Anne Lobeck

MWF 10:00-11:20

Prerequisite: LING 310

This is an inquiry-based exploration of the descriptive grammar of English. In addition to studying English sentence structure, we will investigate related topics, such as the influence of Standard English ideology on our attitudes and perceptions of language and speakers;  how and why to teach grammar in the multilingual K12 classroom; how technology is shaping and changing language, among other topics. You will come away with a set of tools to analyze language in all its representations, and the vocabulary to talk about it. 

 

LING 402/ANTH 347: Ethnography of Communication - Dr. Judith Pine

MWF 02:30-03:50 pm

Prerequisite: LING 310

Description

This course is designed to familiarize students with the methods of analysis most commonly employed by linguistic anthropologists. Linguistic anthropology is one of the traditional sub-disciplines of what is sometimes termed “four fields” anthropology. With roots going back to the founding of American anthropology, and wide-ranging interdisciplinary connections, linguistic anthropology finds its center in the ethnography of communication, the umbrella under which all of its methods can find a place. To do linguistic anthropology is to use the ethnography of communication, and to use the ethnography of communication is to do linguistic anthropology.

Objectives

This course has, as its objectives, the intention of assisting students in responding to the following questions thoughtfully and accurately:

1. Why are linguistic anthropology and the ethnography of communication inextricably linked?

2. What is communicative competence, and how does a focus on communicative competence shape both the ethnographic and the linguistic aspects of the ethnography of communication?

3. What, specifically, are the methods of data collection and analysis which form components of the ethnography of communication?

4. What have I learned from reading work created through the ethnography of communication?

5. What have I learned by applying methods associated with the ethnography of communication?