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 explores the rich variety of syntactic and semantic structures found in human language, deepening the students' understanding of syntactic phenomena addressed in the prerequisite courses (360 or 361/362). The topics are examined within the framework of a current theory of syntax.(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. 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 statistical 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 580 are recommended in the same semester. (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.)

      Practical methodology for managing, analyzing and describing language data. Working with a native speaker of a non-Indo-European language, students gain experience in the ethics of fieldwork, techniques of data collection and recording, analysis using the scientific method and the use of linguistic software.

      NB: LING 560 is 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.)

      The issues in community literacy work that are covered in this course include various program issues such as introducing literacy in an oral community, motivation for literacy, capacity-building and sustainability, training of personnel and evaluation of the program, 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 investigates the sociolinguistic and background factors upon which a language development program for speakers of vernacular languages may be based. Students learn to work with local people and agencies in designing and implementing a program to effectively meet the needs of specific language groups(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 process of translating from a source language to a target language. Students will develop skill in understanding a message as originally communicated in one language and cultural setting, and in communicating essentially that message in a very different language and culture. Discussion includes source language, target language, and cross-language transfer, with particular attention to the translation of Scripture.

      Prerequisite(s): 560, 570, 580, or instructor’s consent. (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 588 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; 0-0)


    • LING 599 Philosophical Perspectives of Linguistics (3 sem. hrs.)

      This course examines 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 is a critical review of some major schools of thought within philosophy of language and hermeneutics. These are 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 Topics in Morphology (3 sem. hrs.)

      This course provides an in-depth exploration of current issues in the linguistic subfields of Morphology and Syntax, expanding on the knowledge acquired in the prerequisite course (560). The topics are explored via published articles and book chapters written from a variety of theoretical positions.

      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 focuses on the question of how speakers of a given language effectively accomplish their communicative goals through the strategic use and shaping of language in both written and oral discourse. Students learn to identify different discourse genres, to chart texts for analysis, to discern hierarchical units within the macrostructure of a text, and to describe features of cohesion and participant reference, as well as identifying strategies in language for establishing the relative prominence of various streams of information. Special attention is paid to the interaction between alternate syntactic forms and their varying pragmatic functions in context.

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


    • LING 695 Topics in Linguistics (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(s) or Co-requisite: 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 enrolment. (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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