Trinity Western University

Course Descriptions

Linguistics, Graduate Courses

    NB: The following courses are part of the Linguistics Graduate Program. For further information about courses see the School of Graduate Studies section or contact the MA LING Graduate Program director.


  • LING 513 Sociolinguistics (3 sem. hrs.)

    This course introduces students to language change. It considers how and why languages change and the role of language contact. It also presents different theories and methodologies useful for historical and comparative linguistic investigation. Through a series of guided assignments, students investigate a number of related existing languages from a non-Indo-European language family and reconstruct significant elements of the phonology, morphology, and lexicon of the proto-language. (3-0; 0-0)


  • LING 555 Historical and Comparative Linguistics (3 sem. hrs.)

    This course introduces students to language change. It considers how and why languages change and the role of language contact. It also presents different theories and methodologies useful for historical and comparative linguistic investigation. Students will investigate a number of related existing languages from language families around the world, and seek to reconstruct substantial elements of earlier proto-language stages in terms of phonology, morphology, lexicon, and historical dialectology. (3-0; 0-0)


  • LING 560 Syntax and Semantics (3 sem. hrs.)

    This course introduces the rich variety of syntactic and semantic structures found in human language. Students will examine features such as grammatical categories, simple clauses and constituent order typology, grammatical relations, and multi-clause constructions. Discussion of these and other topics will be applied to the analysis of data from non-European languages, giving students the skills to write short grammatical descriptions (grammar sketches). The emphasis of the course is on understanding how language is used, and seeking to explain how language forms are themselves shaped by their use. (3-0; 0-0)


  • LING 566 Principles of Sociolinguistic Survey (3 sem. hrs.)

    This course introduces the students to the rudiments of linguistic and sociolinguistic survey. As such students exposed to methods of linguistic documentation: the determination of language and dialect boundaries including lexical similarity and inter-variety intelligibility. Further, students are presented with sociolinguistic profiling including tools for the assessment of bilingual proficiency, models for assessing language attitude, documentation of language use, the collection of evidences for language maintenance or shift, and techniques for the identifying language endangerment. The focus is on purpose-driven language survey design and appropriate subsequent reporting of the findings. Consideration is given to current issues in social science research such as the ethics of sampling, and statistically significance of sample populations. (3-0; 0-0)

    Co-requisite(s): LING 210 Language and Society, or equivalent introduction to sociolinguistics (Summer).


  • LING 570 Language and Culture Acquisition: Theory and Praxis (3 sem. hrs.)

    This course introduces students to theories of second language and second culture acquisition. Students develop and evaluate self-directed strategies based on personal learning styles. Practical experience in the above topics is gained by working with a speaker of a non-Indo-European language. (3-0; 0-0)

    NB: LING 560 and 570 are recommended in the same semester.


  • LING 574 Literacy Materials Development (3 sem. hrs.)

    This course teaches students how to prepare basic pedagogical materials and early readers in languages that may not have a long written tradition. Special emphasis is given to teaching techniques for involving the local language community in the production of these materials. (3-0; 0-

    Co-requisite(s): LING 584 (3-0; 0-0).


  • LING 576 Acoustic Phonetics (3 sem. hrs.)

    This course introduces students to fundamental principles of acoustics that are relevant to the study of human speech sounds. Students gain a basic understanding of properties of speech sound waves and learn to investigate these properties instrumentally using acoustic analysis software. Students gain extensive practice interpreting acoustic displays such as waveform graphs, fundamental frequency graphs, and spectrograms. A major focus of the course is the effective use of these displays as an aid to correctly transcribing speech sounds and understanding their phonetic properties in the context of descriptive phonetic and/or phonological fieldwork. Significant attention is also given to the complex interrelationships among acoustic, articulatory, and perceptual correlates of speech sounds. (3-0; 0-0)


  • LING 580 Field Method: Data Management and Analysis (3 sem. hrs.)

    This course introduces students to aspects of linguistic fieldwork with an emphasis on practical methodology for managing and analyzing language and cultural data. Working with a native speaker of non-Indo-European language, students gain experience in the ethics of fieldwork, data collection, and application of the scientific method in linguistic analysis. A significant part of the course is devoted to using current software for recording, analyzing, and archiving data. Students produce phonological and grammatical sketches, interlinearized texts, and a small dictionary.

    NB: LING 560 and 580 are recommended in the same semester. (3-0; 0-0)


  • LING 581 Anthropological Linguistics: Ethnography (3 sem. hrs.)

    This course introduces crucial concepts in anthropology and ethnography to linguists. It focuses on cross-cultural communication with an emphasis on participant observation as an effective methodology for such research. Students collect and analyze data related to topics such as oral traditions, kinship, and social structure. They are introduced to various tools for ethno-semantic analysis, including analysis of cultural themes and worldview, semantic domain analysis, and taxonomic analysis.

    Prerequisite(s): LING 210 Language and Society or equivalent introduction to sociolinguistics. (3-0 or 3-0)


  • LING 582 Issues in Community Literacy (3 sem. hrs.)

    This course focuses on issues relating to literacy programs in a community of speakers of a minority language. It deals with various program issues, including bridging the gap to oral communities and introducing change in a community, motivation and mobilization, capacity-building and sustainability, training and evaluation, the challenges of working in multilingual societies and with those in stressed situations, and using participatory approaches in all aspects of the program.

    Co-requisite(s): LING 584. (0-0; 3-0)


  • LING 583 Language Programs Design and Management (3 sem. hrs.)

    This course surveys the linguistic and social factors that shape a language development program and prepares students to serve local communities in the development of written material in vernacular languages. Special attention is given to the effect of a first and/or a second language in such programs. Students are introduced to a model of strategic planning that can assist a community to meet its own language development goals. (0-0; 3-0)

    Prerequisite: LING 210 Language and Society or equivalent introduction to sociolinguistics. (3-0 or 3-0)


  • LING 584 Principles of Literacy (3 sem. hrs.)

    This course covers methods used in the introduction of literacy to ethno-linguistic minority groups. It includes orthography design, consideration of socio-historical issues, strategies for literacy programs, stimulation of local authorship, reading theory and instructional methodologies. (3-0; 3-0)


  • LING 585 Principles of Translation (3 sem. hrs.)

    This course covers the theory and practice of translating from a source language to a target language. It is designed to give the student the necessary skills for transferring meaning from one langua1ge to another. Discussion includes source language, target language, and cross-language transfer, with particular attention to the translation of Scripture. (0-0; 3-0)


  • LING 586 Advanced Phonology (3 sem. hrs.)

    This course introduces students to advanced concepts of phonological theory. Employing the theoretical models they are learning, students develop a clearer understanding of the typological behavior of phonological systems by analyzing data from a variety of languages. Students are also taught how to integrate insights from phonological theory into the development of practical orthographies. (0-0; 3-0)


  • LING 599 (3 sem. hrs.)

    This course will examine the philosophical basis of human language and communication, with special attention to issues relating to semantics, discourse, lexicon, metaphor, and translation--all the areas that deal with meaning creation. There will be a critical review of some major schools of thought within philosophy of language and hermeneutics. These will be examined in light of current insights in text linguistics, cognitive linguistics, and integrational linguistics. (0-0; 3-0)


  • LING 611 Applied Phonology for TESOL (3 sem. hrs.)

    This course examines a wide range of more advanced applications for phonological and phonetic frameworks. In addition to methods for teaching and integrating pronunciation in language teaching for several learner populations, from basic articulation training to discourse-level pronunciation instruction, students study relevant techniques from a number of academic disciplines which deal with relationships between speech, voice, body movement, and emotion. (Summer)


  • LING 612 Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (3 sem. hrs.)

    This course develops student understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods and familiarize them with research issues and statistics related to applied linguistics. In addition, students are guided through the methodology of action research and the process of topic choice for the Major Project (to be done in the internship). (Summer)


  • LING 650 Survey of Linguistic Theories (3 sem. hrs.)

    This course introduces students to a wide range of linguistic theories. Students read and discuss original works written from various perspectives and gain in the process a clearer appreciation for the range of views that exist concerning the nature of human language and its syntactic, semantic, phonological, and discourse properties. )

    Prerequisite(s): LING 560, LING 586. (0-0; 3-0)


  • LING 660 Problems in Morphology and Syntax(3 sem. hrs.)

    This course continues to explore the various morphological and syntactic structures found in the worlds languages. In addition to further study of topics previously introduced in LING 560 (Syntax and Semantics), students also examine features such as: inflection, derivation, and compounding; deixis; grammaticalization; and non-declarative speech acts. The emphasis is on solving problems that arise in data from a variety of language families and types. Students apply the course discussion to the preparation of a linguistic paper.

    Prerequisite(s): LING 560. (0-0; 3-0)


  • LING 680 Advanced Field Methods: Analysis and Writing (3 sem. hrs.)

    Students analyze a non-Indo-European language by working extensively with a native speaker. A major focus in the course is on developing descriptive writing skills.

    Prerequisite(s): LING 560, LING 580, LING 586. (3-0; 0-0)


  • LING 688 Tone Analysis (3 sem. hrs.)

    This course introduces students to a methodology of tone analysis, incorporating the insights of current theoretical approaches. Students also learn to apply insights from the analysis of a tone system to developing practical orthographies.

    Prerequisite(s): LING 586. (0-0; 3-0)


  • LING 691 Discourse Analysis (3 sem. hrs.)

    This course teaches students to analyze the discourse structure and pragmatic features of texts. Students describe typical features of different types of prominence and cohesion, chart texts, analyze discourse segmented into hierarchical units, and indicate evidence for foregrounding and backgrounding (or mainline and supportive information). Emphasis is given to the interface between syntactic forms and their pragmatic functions in discourse.

    Prerequisite(s): LING 560 (0-0; 3-0)


  • LING 695 Topics in Linguistics: Readings in Tone Theory (Sample) (3 sem. hrs.)

    This course exposes students to a wide variety of literature in the field of tone theory. There is a strong emphasis on reading and understanding foundational material in the discipline as well as becoming acquainted with some of the more recent literature. (3-0; 3-0)


  • LING 697 Linguistics Thesis I (3 sem. hrs.)

    The student, in frequent consultation with his/her advisor, selects a thesis topic and writes a thesis proposal. Once the proposal has been accepted by the student's thesis advisory committee, he/she begins writing the thesis. There are no formal classes.

    Prerequisite or Co-requisite(s): LING 680. (3-0; 3-0)


  • LING 698 Linguistics Thesis II (3 sem. hrs.)

    The student, in consultation with his/her advisor, works towards completion of the thesis. Upon completion, the thesis must be defended orally before an examining committee. There are no formal classes. )

    Prerequisite(s): LING 697. (3-0; 3-0)


  • LING 699 Linguistics Continuing Registration (0 sem. hrs.)

    Continuing Registration maintains the student's enrolment in the program and is taken only when all required courses are complete and only as a continuation of an incomplete thesis or graduating essay. Enrolment in Continuing Registration is automatic, and although no credit is given for it, a fee is charged for each semester of enrollment.(3-0; 3-0)

    NB: Additional 500-level Linguistics courses are part of the TESOL Graduate Program. See the TESOL, Graduate Courses section of this Calendar for course descriptions.

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