College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Winter 2020 400-Level Courses

Link to 400-level course descriptions

Winter 2020 400-Level Courses

*Please note, if you plan on registering for more than one LING 402 course per quarter, you must register in person at the Registrar's Office in OM 230

LING 402 / CHIN 402: Chinese Language and Linguistics - Dr. Janet Xing

TR 10-11:50 +1 hr arranged

Prerequisite: CHIN 301 OR LING 310; one course from: LING 204, ENG 270 or ANTH 347

Credits: 5

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Objectives: This course is designed for students who major in Chinese or Linguistics to gain a comprehensive understanding of the structure and usage of Mandarin (Modern standard) Chinese. Through class discussion, reading materials, and comparative studies of Chinese and English, students explore all core areas of the Chinese language and linguistics: phonetics/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. 

Format: The course will be conducted through lectures combined with class discussions on assigned readings and other class activities. Course work includes four assignments, two tests, and a presentation.

Student Responsibilities: Students are expected to read and reflect on all assigned readings (textbooks and research articles) prior to class, and are expected to attend class regularly and to participate actively in class discussions and individual sessions.

This is a five credit course with cohort students majoring in either linguistics or Chinese. The schedule model (TR 110 minutes plus one-hour arranged) is used to help both Chinese and Linguistics students effectively acquire the knowledge and skills specified in the Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) of the two academic programs - Chinese and linguistics. Students are required to attend individual sessions to go over Chinese or linguistic materials that they may need individual assistance to learn.


LING 402 / ENG 436: Structure of Enlgish - Dr. Kristin Denham

MWF 1-2:20

Prerequisite: LING 310; one course from: LING 204, ENG 270 or ANTH 347

Credits: 5

Course Description: This class provides an overview of the fundamentals of English syntax. You will become familiar with the basic syntactic organization of English, including syntactic categories (parts of speech), heads and phrases, subordination, coordination, modification, and complementation. The approach to grammatical structure will be descriptive; we will explore and describe (using current linguistic terminology) our intuitive knowledge of language. The (scientific) approach to grammar, and to syntax more specifically, will be different from the more familiar “school” approach, in which you learn grammar and usage rules in order to speak and write “correctly.” Rather, what you learn in this course will provide you with important tools of critical analysis to make your own informed decisions about grammar and usage. Along with our study of the structure of English, we will explore public perceptions of grammar (what constitutes a grammatical “error:” attitudes about “good” and “bad” language; notions of “standard” versus “non- standard” English, and more). This course, then, will not only introduce you to the fundamentals of English sentence structure, but will also provide you with an important context for the study of grammar, its influence on other areas of modern thought, and the study of language more generally.

Required Text: Navigating English Grammar: Analyzing the Syntax of Real Language, by Anne Lobeck and Kristin Denham.

NOTE: This class is cross-listed with ENG 436 and is mostly for English majors. If you have already had LING 321, you may want to take another class. If you're interested in teaching or education, though, this might be for you.


LING 402: Psychoacoustics - Dr. McNeel Jantzen

TR 2-3:50

Prerequisite: CHIN 301 OR LING 310; one course from: LING 204, ENG 270 or ANTH 347

Credits: 5

Description: This is a multidisciplinary course, that will provide you with a solid understanding of auditory processing by examining sound from within linguistics, psychoacoustics, and cognitive neuroscience.  The aim of this course is to offer students an understanding of the broad physical, physiological, and cognitive issues related to sound production and listening. Students will learn how speech and music signals are transformed from physical activity in the environment, to sensations in auditory sensory system, to psychological perceptions in the brain. The relationship between a sound and its perception will be discussed in terms of the underlying mechanisms and the limitations of our hearing system. Topics will include a description of the auditory system and neural pathways; signal detection and discrimination; masking; temporal resolution; pitch, timbre, and loudness perception; sound localization; auditory scene analysis; and speech and music perception.  

Required Text:  Auditory Neuroscience: Making Sense of Sound by By Jan SchnuppIsrael Nelken and Andrew J. King.  MIT Press.  (The book is available in hardcover, paperback, and in ebook formats).