ID Course Credits
LING 513 LING 513 - Sociolinguistics | 2021-2022

This course examines language within its social context through dealing with topics such as dialect and language definition, the role of the mother tongue in defining self-identity, language attitudes, the maintenance, loss, shift or spread of language domains, multilingualism, and sociolinguistic survey. Also, a means of helping students develop realistic expectations and appropriate approaches for linguistic issues in cross-cultural fieldwork, attention is given to an overview of language study within a worldview context, to sociolinguistic factors affecting literacy programs, and to methods of second language acquisition. )

3.00
LING 555 LING 555 - Historical and Comparative Linguistics | 2021-2022

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)

3.00
LING 560 LING 560 - Morphosyntax II | 2021-2022

This course explores the rich variety of morphological and syntactic constructions and processes found in human language, deepening the students' understanding of morphosyntactic phenomena from a typological perspective. The topics are examined within the framework of a current theory of Syntax.) (3-0; 0-0)

3.00
LING 566 LING 566 - Principles of Sociolinguistic Survey | 2021-2022

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.

3.00
LING 570 LING 570 - Language and Culture Acquisition: Theory and Praxis | 2021-2022

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.) (3-2; 0-0)

3.00
LING 576 LING 576 - Acoustic Phonetics | 2021-2022

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. )

3.00
LING 580 LING 580 - Field Method: Data Management and Analysis | 2021-2022

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. (3-1; 3-1)

3.00
LING 581 LING 581 - Anthropological Linguistics: Ethnography | 2021-2022

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. (3-0; 3-0)

3.00
LING 582 LING 582 - Issues in Community Literacy | 2021-2022

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.

3.00
LING 583 LING 583 - Language Programs Design and Management | 2021-2022

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.

3.00
LING 584 LING 584 - Principles of Literacy | 2021-2022

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. (Summer or 3-0; 0-0)

3.00
LING 585 LING 585 - Principles of Translation | 2021-2022

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.

3.00
LING 586 LING 586 - Advanced Phonology | 2021-2022

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.

3.00
LING 587 LING 587 - Lexicography | 2021-2022

Provides a theoretical and practical basis for analyzing the semantics of the lexicon, managing a lexical database and producing dictionaries for a variety of audiences including the local community, translators and linguists.

3.00
LING 588 LING 588 - Literacy Materials Development | 2021-2022

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.

3.00
LING 599 LING 599 - Philosophical Perspectives in Linguistics | 2021-2022

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. )

3.00
LING 611 LING 611 - Applied Phonology for TESOL | 2021-2022

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)

3.00
LING 612 LING 612 - Research Methods in Applied Linguistics | 2021-2022

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)

3.00
LING 650 LING 650 - Survey of Linguistics Theories | 2021-2022

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.

3.00
LING 660 LING 660 - Topics in Morphology & Syntax | 2021-2022

An article based course providing an in-depth exploration of current issues in the linguistic subfields of Morphology and Syntax. The types of topics addressed include: wordhood, clitics, grammatical relations, voice, valence, transitivity, noun incorporation, control constructions, raising, reflexivity & reciprocalization, complementation, evidentiality, secondary predication, and iconicity & economy. Students apply the acquired knowledge in producing a major paper.

3.00
LING 680 LING 680 - Advanced Field Methods | 2021-2022

In this course, students transcribe, organize, and analyze language data and prepare a written description of phonological, morphosyntactic, or discourse features of the language. The course focuses on applying effective fieldwork methodologies.

3.00
LING 685 LING 685 - Linguistic Academic Writing | 2021-2022

This course develops skills in academic writing for linguistics, including articles, abstracts, theses, books, etc.

3.00
LING 688 LING 688 - Tone Analysis | 2021-2022

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.

3.00
LING 691 LING 691 - Discourse Analysis | 2021-2022

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.

3.00
LING 697 LING 697 - Linguistics Thesis I | 2021-2022

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.

3.00
LING 698 LING 698 - Linguistics Thesis II | 2021-2022

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.)

3.00