Linguistics Course Descriptions

Below is a comprehensive list of linguistics courses and their descriptions. Please contact the Linguistics Department or your advisor if you have any questions regarding a linguistics course.

Course Descriptions

LING 1069 – Bad Words and Taboo Terms (Linguistics Foundation Course option for major, fulfills HF)

This Foundation Course is an introduction to linguistic study through the lens of taboo language, a pervasive part of all languages. Surveys topics in modern linguistics by studying taboos in various languages. Students sensitive to obscene words are discouraged from enrolling, as are students with only a prurient, non-scholarly interest in taboo language.

LING 1200 – Introduction to the Study of Language (Linguistics Foundation Course option for major, Introductory course for minor, TESOL Certificate course, fulfills HF)

The Foundation Course is an introduction to the nature of human language from the perspective of modern linguistics. Focuses on sounds, words, and sentences through analysis of data from various languages. Additional topics may include: social and geographic variation, language change through time, first- and second-language acquisition, language and culture.

LING 3050 – Cruciverbalism: Crosswords and Language (Linguistics Foundation Course option for major, fulfills BF)

This Foundation Course examines crossword puzzles and the structure of language with the goal of exploring the relationships between them. It centers around solving and constructing crossword and related puzzle types, as well as the linguistics systems that make this kind of puzzle possible. Topics include the exploitation of semantic and syntactic ambiguity to make challenging puzzles, the ways English sound patterns make constructing puzzles difficult, properties of language that can facilitate solving puzzles, and how crosswords vary across languages.

LING 3066 – Origins of English Words (Linguistics Foundation Course option for major, fulfills HF)

In this Foundation Course students acquire familiarity with basic techniques of determining the probable origins of any given word, native or borrowed, in the English language. Includes an exploration of the stories (cultural, social, and political) that many words have to tell.

LING 3160 – Language and Cognition (fulfills HF)

Introduction to linguistic perspectives and concerns in cognitive science. Emphasis on notions of universals of language and the biological basis of language structure.

LING 3170 – Language and Nature (Linguistics Foundation Course option for major)

This Foundation Course considers language from the perspective of natural sciences, specifically, biology. The topics discussed in the course include human and animal ‘languages,’ how human language emerged and how children can learn any human language. A recurring question, which we will explore from different perspectives, is the following: what is unique about human language? In other words, what is human language?

LING 3220 – World Englishes (TESOL Certificate course, fulfills IR)

The purpose of this course is to investigate the spread of English as an international language: its historical development, socio-cultural diversity and linguistics variation. In addition to numerous readings on native and non-narrative varieties of English, which can be found throughout the world (e.g., Indian English, Singaporean English, Chicano English, etc.), topics related to educational linguistics within a World Englishes paradigm will also be addressed in order to better understand common pedagogical problems and concerns related to the English language teaching in international contexts.

LING 3470 – Language and Culture (Linguistics Foundation Course option for major, fulfills HF and IR)

This Foundation Course discusses ways a human language reflects the ways of life and beliefs of its speakers, contrasted with extent of language’s influence on culture. Wide variety of cultures and languages examined.

LING 3475 – Language Myths (fulfills BF and QB)

This course investigates popular beliefs about language and discusses the perspective of modern linguistics concerning those beliefs.

LING 3480 - Language and Social Justice (Linguistics Foundation Course option for major, fulfills HF)

This Foundation Course examines the role of language in social justice. Employing methodological approaches from the field of Linguistics, the course will explore topics such as standard and non-standard varieties, accent bias, minority language rights and policies, educational access and immersion/bilingual education, signed languages, pidgins and creoles, and language death. Students will analyze how language attitudes can translate to societal power and privilege, and discrimination, and explore how language inequity manifests itself in their immediate environment, and different societies, including examples from different communities and societies around the world.

LING 3500 – Introduction to English Grammar (TESOL Certificate course)

A descriptive overview of the forms and function of English grammar structures with guidance in standard usage.

LING 3510 – Grammar and Stylistics for Academic Writing (fulfills CW)

Examines common grammatical and stylistic problems from a rhetorical and functional perspective.

LING 3600 – Cross Cultural Communication (fulfills DV and HF)

Brings together native and non-native speakers of English to explore the theory and practice of communication across languages and cultures.

LING 3950 – Service Learning

Course allows students to use their expertise in Linguistics and/or first/second language skills to provide a variety of services for members of the campus and local communities.

LING 3955 – Internship in Linguistics

Approved Internship in Linguistics field. May be repeated for credit with approval.

LING 3981 – Special Topics in Linguistics

Variable descriptions. Information on current topics available in Linguistics Office.

LING 4010 – Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology (required for Linguistics Major, required for Linguistics Minor, prerequisite: LING foundation course)

Analysis of speech sounds of the world’s languages, with a focus on both their articulatory and acoustic properties. An introduction to phonetic alphabets, including practice in transcribing a variety of language samples. Analysis of the systematic organization of speech sounds in the worlds languages, with reference to features and rule-based explanations of phonological phenomena.

LING 4011 – Intermediate Phonetics and Phonology (required for Linguistics minor, prerequisite: LING 4010)

An introduction to subcomponents of nonlinear phonology: syllable phonology, prosodic and metrical phonology, autosegmental phonology, and feature geometry. Also treated are phonological interfaces with morphology and syntax, and preliminary comparisons between rule-based and constraint-based models of phonology. Includes an exploration of the phonetic bases for phonological generalizations, as well as the phonetic detail of their expression.

LING 4020 - Introduction to Syntax (required for Linguistics major, required for Linguistics minor, prerequisite: LING foundation course)

Introduction to the structure and organization of phrases and clauses in natural language. A scientific approach to an empirically motivated theory of syntax. Students learn terminology, problem-solving, logical argumentation, and its presentation.

LING 4021 – Intermediate Syntax (required for Linguistics minor, prerequisite: LING 4020)

Groundwork in a modular, constraint-based approach to syntactic competence. Focus on case-assignment, thematic roles, movement, coreference, empty categories, and levels of representation.

LING 4040 – Introduction to Sociolinguistics

Meets with LING 6040. Theoretical principles governing social and linguistic variation, and the methodology used to study it. How speech is affected by age, sex, socioeconomic class, ethnicity, and regional background, and the political/educational implications, all with a focus on the United States.

LING 4130 – Introduction to Historical Linguistics (fulfills HF, prerequisite: LING foundation course)

Historical linguistics is about how and why languages change. This course is a hands-on introduction to historical linguistics. Students learn not only the fundamental contents and methods of historical linguistics, but also how to do historical linguistics by working through exercise involving a variety of languages. Meets with LING 6130.

LING 4999 – Honors Thesis Project

Restricted to students in the Honors Program working on their Honors degree.

LING 5022 – Advanced Syntax (prerequisite: LING 4021)

Seminar using recent papers and book-chapters from the primary literature in theoretical syntax. Students develop ideas and a bibliography for their own research papers.

LING 5024 – Child Language Acquisition (prerequisite: LING foundation course)

Meets with LING 6024. Nature and acquisition of child grammar, from experimental and theoretical perspectives.

LING 5030 – Semantics (prerequisite: LING 4020)

Meets with LING 6030. Introduction to the study of meaning of phrases and clauses.

LING 5031 – Philosophy and Linguistics (prerequisites: LING 3160, or LING 5030 or PHIL 3400)

Meets with LING 6031. Survey of traditional and contemporary problems related to language as these are studied in linguistics and philosophy. The emphasis in the course will be on meaning and reference. Topics may include discussion of the relationships between semantic theory and philosophy and language, how language refers to the world, questions of representation of mental content, conversational implicature and its effect on communication, demonstratives and names, and the relationship between theories of mental structure and theories of meaning.

LING 5035 – Pragmatics and Writing (prerequisite: LING foundation course)

Meets with LING 6035. Survey of how context affects the choices writers make and how readers interpret those choices. All genres of written language are considered.

LING 5170 – Qualitative and Quantitative Issues in L2 Research Design (fulfills QB and CW, prerequisite: LING foundation course)

An introduction to the aims and procedures of quantitative research, including, research designs, and basic descriptive and inferential statistics.

LING 5190 – Psycholinguistics (prerequisite: LING foundation course)

This course surveys core issues in the field of psycholinguistics. Throughout the course we will study how humans understand and produce language in real-time and how these complex abilities develop in infants and adults second-language learners. Topics may include, sounds (categories and speech perception), words (lexical access), sentences (structural ambiguity; dependency resolution), and their development.

LING 5233 – Pedagogical Structure of English (prerequisite: LING foundation course)

Meets with LING 6233. An analysis of a broad range of English phonetic and grammatical structures and models for teaching this material in the ESL/EAS classroom.

LING 5300 – Computational Linguistics (prerequisite: LING foundation course or LING 4020 or corequisite LING 4021)

Meets with LING 6300. A survey of different subfields of computational linguistics. Topics include information retrieval, natural language processing, machine translation, and computer-assisted language learning. Students examine how linguistic concepts like syntax and morphology are articulated in a computational environment for specific purposes, such as text search. Basic programming knowledge helpful but not required.

LING 5577 – Discourse Analysis (prerequisite: ENGL 3600)

Meets with ENGL 5970. Introduction to critical discourse analysis.

LING 5810 – L2 Methodology (TESOL Certificate course, prerequisite: LING foundation course)

Meets with LANG 5410. An examination of approaches and methods in second-language teaching, as well as the theories of language and language acquisition on which they are based. Discussion and practice of current assessment procedures. Also a focus on educators’ implicit theories of L2 learning and teaching. Includes critiqued peer teaching. This course is restricted to students in the ESL Teaching Minor, CRELC or TESOL certificates, and Foreign Language majors and minors.

LING 5811 – Educating English Language Learners

An examination of approaches and methods used in teaching language learners in K-12 public school environments, as well as the theories of language and language acquisition on which they are based. Focus on practical strategies for content area teachers and on current assessment procedures. Includes critiqued peer teaching.

LING 5812 – Content-Based Language Teaching (prerequisite: LING 5810 or LANG 5400)

An introduction to principles governing content-based instructions well as a review of the educational and second language research base that supports teaching second and foreign languages through content. Also included are alternative assessment and assessment of content, principles of educational linguistics, and teaching strategies and protocols for ESL, EAS, FL and U.S. public school content area specialist with ELLs in their classes.

LING 5813 – Practicum (TESOL Certificate course, prerequisite: LING 5810 or LANG 5400)

Meets with LING 6813. Observation and teaching of L2 classes.

LING 5818 – Second Language Test Design (prerequisite: LING 5810 or LANG 5400, and LING 1200)

Meets with LING 6818. An overview of the conceptual bases of language testing and procedures for designing and developing useful language tests.

LING 5900 – Senior Capstone (fulfills CW, prerequisite: 18 hours in LING)

LING 1069 – Bad Words and Taboo Terms (Linguistics Foundation Course option for major, fulfills HF)

This Foundation Course is an introduction to linguistic study through the lens of taboo language, a pervasive part of all languages. Surveys topics in modern linguistics by studying taboos in various languages. Students sensitive to obscene words are discouraged from enrolling, as are students with only a prurient, non-scholarly interest in taboo language.

LING 1200 – Introduction to the Study of Language (Linguistics Foundation Course option for major, Introductory course for minor, TESOL Certificate course, fulfills HF)

The Foundation Course is an introduction to the nature of human language from the perspective of modern linguistics. Focuses on sounds, words, and sentences through analysis of data from various languages. Additional topics may include: social and geographic variation, language change through time, first- and second-language acquisition, language and culture.

LING 3050 – Cruciverbalism: Crosswords and Language (Linguistics Foundation Course option for major, fulfills BF)

This Foundation Course examines crossword puzzles and the structure of language with the goal of exploring the relationships between them. It centers around solving and constructing crossword and related puzzle types, as well as the linguistics systems that make this kind of puzzle possible. Topics include the exploitation of semantic and syntactic ambiguity to make challenging puzzles, the ways English sound patterns make constructing puzzles difficult, properties of language that can facilitate solving puzzles, and how crosswords vary across languages.

LING 3066 – Origins of English Words (Linguistics Foundation Course option for major, fulfills HF)

In this Foundation Course students acquire familiarity with basic techniques of determining the probable origins of any given word, native or borrowed, in the English language. Includes an exploration of the stories (cultural, social, and political) that many words have to tell.

LING 3170 – Language and Nature (Linguistics Foundation Course option for major)

This Foundation Course considers language from the perspective of natural sciences, specifically, biology. The topics discussed in the course include human and animal ‘languages,’ how human language emerged and how children can learn any human language. A recurring question, which we will explore from different perspectives, is the following: what is unique about human language? In other words, what is human language?

LING 3470 – Language and Culture (Linguistics Foundation Course option for major, fulfills HF and IR)

This Foundation Course discusses ways a human language reflects the ways of life and beliefs of its speakers, contrasted with extent of language’s influence on culture. Wide variety of cultures and languages examined.

LING 3480 - Language and Social Justice (Linguistics Foundation Course option for major, fulfills HF)

This Foundation Course examines the role of language in social justice. Employing methodological approaches from the field of Linguistics, the course will explore topics such as standard and non-standard varieties, accent bias, minority language rights and policies, educational access and immersion/bilingual education, signed languages, pidgins and creoles, and language death. Students will analyze how language attitudes can translate to societal power and privilege, and discrimination, and explore how language inequity manifests itself in their immediate environment, and different societies, including examples from different communities and societies around the world.

LING 4010 – Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology (required for Linguistics Major, required for Linguistics Minor, prerequisite: LING foundation course)

Analysis of speech sounds of the world’s languages, with a focus on both their articulatory and acoustic properties. An introduction to phonetic alphabets, including practice in transcribing a variety of language samples. Analysis of the systematic organization of speech sounds in the worlds languages, with reference to features and rule-based explanations of phonological phenomena.

LING 4020 - Introduction to Syntax (required for Linguistics major, required for Linguistics minor, prerequisite: LING foundation course)

Introduction to the structure and organization of phrases and clauses in natural language. A scientific approach to an empirically motivated theory of syntax. Students learn terminology, problem-solving, logical argumentation, and its presentation.

LING 1200 – Introduction to the Study of Language (Linguistics Foundation Course option for major, Introductory course for minor, TESOL Certificate course, fulfills HF)

The Foundation Course is an introduction to the nature of human language from the perspective of modern linguistics. Focuses on sounds, words, and sentences through analysis of data from various languages. Additional topics may include: social and geographic variation, language change through time, first- and second-language acquisition, language and culture.

LING 3220 – World Englishes (TESOL Certificate course, fulfills IR)

The purpose of this course is to investigate the spread of English as an international language: its historical development, socio-cultural diversity and linguistics variation. In addition to numerous readings on native and non-narrative varieties of English, which can be found throughout the world (e.g., Indian English, Singaporean English, Chicano English, etc.), topics related to educational linguistics within a World Englishes paradigm will also be addressed in order to better understand common pedagogical problems and concerns related to the English language teaching in international contexts.

LING 3500 – Introduction to English Grammar (TESOL Certificate course)

A descriptive overview of the forms and function of English grammar structures with guidance in standard usage.

LING 3600 – Cross Cultural Communication (fulfills DV and HF)

Brings together native and non-native speakers of English to explore the theory and practice of communication across languages and cultures.

LING 5810 – L2 Methodology (TESOL Certificate course, prerequisite: LING foundation course)

Meets with LANG 5410. An examination of approaches and methods in second-language teaching, as well as the theories of language and language acquisition on which they are based. Discussion and practice of current assessment procedures. Also a focus on educators’ implicit theories of L2 learning and teaching. Includes critiqued peer teaching. This course is restricted to students in the ESL Teaching Minor, CRELC or TESOL certificates, and Foreign Language majors and minors.

LING 5813 – Practicum (TESOL Certificate course, prerequisite: LING 5810 or LANG 5400)

Meets with LING 6813. Observation and teaching of L2 classes.

LING 1069 – Bad Words and Taboo Terms (Linguistics Foundation Course option for major, fulfills HF)

This Foundation Course is an introduction to linguistic study through the lens of taboo language, a pervasive part of all languages. Surveys topics in modern linguistics by studying taboos in various languages. Students sensitive to obscene words are discouraged from enrolling, as are students with only a prurient, non-scholarly interest in taboo language.

LING 1200 – Introduction to the Study of Language (Linguistics Foundation Course option for major, Introductory course for minor, TESOL Certificate course, fulfills HF)

The Foundation Course is an introduction to the nature of human language from the perspective of modern linguistics. Focuses on sounds, words, and sentences through analysis of data from various languages. Additional topics may include: social and geographic variation, language change through time, first- and second-language acquisition, language and culture.

LING 3050 – Cruciverbalism: Crosswords and Language (Linguistics Foundation Course option for major, fulfills BF)

This Foundation Course examines crossword puzzles and the structure of language with the goal of exploring the relationships between them. It centers around solving and constructing crossword and related puzzle types, as well as the linguistics systems that make this kind of puzzle possible. Topics include the exploitation of semantic and syntactic ambiguity to make challenging puzzles, the ways English sound patterns make constructing puzzles difficult, properties of language that can facilitate solving puzzles, and how crosswords vary across languages.

LING 3066 – Origins of English Words (Linguistics Foundation Course option for major, fulfills HF)

In this Foundation Course students acquire familiarity with basic techniques of determining the probable origins of any given word, native or borrowed, in the English language. Includes an exploration of the stories (cultural, social, and political) that many words have to tell.

LING 3160 – Language and Cognition (fulfills HF)

Introduction to linguistic perspectives and concerns in cognitive science. Emphasis on notions of universals of language and the biological basis of language structure.

LING 3220 – World Englishes (TESOL Certificate course, fulfills IR)

The purpose of this course is to investigate the spread of English as an international language: its historical development, socio-cultural diversity and linguistics variation. In addition to numerous readings on native and non-narrative varieties of English, which can be found throughout the world (e.g., Indian English, Singaporean English, Chicano English, etc.), topics related to educational linguistics within a World Englishes paradigm will also be addressed in order to better understand common pedagogical problems and concerns related to the English language teaching in international contexts.

LING 3470 – Language and Culture (Linguistics Foundation Course option for major, fulfills HF and IR)

This Foundation Course discusses ways a human language reflects the ways of life and beliefs of its speakers, contrasted with extent of language’s influence on culture. Wide variety of cultures and languages examined.

LING 3475 – Language Myths (fulfills BF and QB)

This course investigates popular beliefs about language and discusses the perspective of modern linguistics concerning those beliefs.

LING 3480 - Language and Social Justice (Linguistics Foundation Course option for major, fulfills HF)

This Foundation Course examines the role of language in social justice. Employing methodological approaches from the field of Linguistics, the course will explore topics such as standard and non-standard varieties, accent bias, minority language rights and policies, educational access and immersion/bilingual education, signed languages, pidgins and creoles, and language death. Students will analyze how language attitudes can translate to societal power and privilege, and discrimination, and explore how language inequity manifests itself in their immediate environment, and different societies, including examples from different communities and societies around the world.

LING 3510 – Grammar and Stylistics for Academic Writing (fulfills CW)

Examines common grammatical and stylistic problems from a rhetorical and functional perspective.

LING 3600 – Cross Cultural Communication (fulfills DV and HF)

Brings together native and non-native speakers of English to explore the theory and practice of communication across languages and cultures.

LING 5170 – Qualitative and Quantitative Issues in L2 Research Design (fulfills QB and CW, prerequisite: LING foundation course)

An introduction to the aims and procedures of quantitative research, including, research designs, and basic descriptive and inferential statistics.

LING 5900 – Senior Capstone (fulfills CW, prerequisite: 18 hours in LING)