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Getting started in linguistics

 LING 1069 – Bad Words and Taboo Terms (Linguistics Foundation Course option for major, fulfills HF) - Introduction to linguistics through the lens of taboo language. [Typically offered fall, spring, and summer]

 LING 1200 – Introduction to the Study of Language (Linguistics Foundation Course option for major, Introductory course for minor, TESOL Certificate course, fulfills HF) - Introduction to the nature of human language from the perspective of modern linguistics. [Typically offered fall, spring, and summer]

 LING 3050 – Cruciverbalism: Crosswords and Language (Linguistics Foundation Course option for major, fulfills BF) - Examines crossword puzzles and the structure of language with the goal of exploring the relationships between them. [Last offered Spring 2015]

 LING 3170 – Language and Nature (Linguistics Foundation Course option for major) - Considers language from the perspective of natural sciences, specifically, biology. [Last offered Fall 2013]

 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.  [Typically offered fall, spring, and summer]

Philosophy, language & cognition

 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. [Last offered Fall 2016]

 LING 5031 – Philosophy and Linguistics (prerequisites: LING 3160, or LING 5030 or PHIL 3400) - Survey of traditional and contemporary problems related to language as these are studied in linguistics and philosophy. [Last offered Spring 2015]

The history of language

 LING 3066 – Origins of English Words (Linguistics Foundation Course option for major, fulfills HF) - Students acquire familiarity with basic techniques of determining the probable origins of any given word, native or borrowed, in the English language.

 LING 4130 – Introduction to Historical Linguistics (fulfills HF, prerequisite: LING foundation course) - Historical linguistics is about how and why languages change. [Last offered Spring 2015]

Language, culture & society

 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. [Typically offered fall, spring, and summer]

 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. [Typically offered fall, spring, and summer]

 LING 3480 - Language and Social Justice (Linguistics Foundation Course option for major, fulfills HF) - Explores 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. [Last offered fall 2016]

 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. [Typically offered fall, spring, and summer]

 LING 3981 – Multilingualism in Society & Education - An examination of multilingual communities and societies, and educational settings, with consideration of immigration and refugee issues. [Last offered spring 2016]

 LING 4040 – Introduction to Sociolinguistics - Theoretical principles governing social and linguistic variation, and the methodology used to study it. [Last offered spring 2016]

The sounds of language

 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. [Typically offered fall and spring]

 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. [Last offered fall 2016]

The structure and meaning of language

 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. [Typically offered fall and spring]

 LING 4021 – Intermediate Syntax (required for Linguistics minor, prerequisite: LING 4020) - Groundwork in a modular, constraint-based approach to syntactic competence. [Last offered fall 2016]

 LING 5022 – Advanced Syntax (prerequisite: LING 4021) - Seminar using recent papers and book-chapters from the primary literature in theoretical syntax.

 LING 5030 – Semantics (prerequisite: LING 4020) – Introduction to the study of meaning of phrases and clauses. [Last offered spring 2016]

How languages are learned and processed

 LING 5024 – Child Language Acquisition (prerequisite: LING foundation course) - Nature and acquisition of child grammar, from experimental and theoretical perspectives. [Last offered fall 2016]

 LING 5190 – Psycholinguistics (prerequisite: LING foundation course) - Examines how humans understand and produce language in real-time and how these complex abilities develop in infants and adults second-language learners. [Last offered spring 2016]

 LING 5300 – Computational Linguistics (prerequisite: LING foundation course or LING 4020 or co-requisite LING 4021) A survey of different subfields of computational linguistics.

Teaching English as a Second Language

 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. [Typically offered fall and spring]

 LING 3510 – Grammar and Stylistics for Academic Writing (fulfills CW) - Examines common grammatical and stylistic problems from a rhetorical and functional perspective. [Typically offered fall and spring]

 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. [Last offered Spring 2016]

 LING 5810 – L2 Methodology (TESOL Certificate course, prerequisite: LING foundation course) 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. [Typically offered fall and spring]

 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. [Typically offered fall and spring]

 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. [Last offered Fall 2016]

 LING 5813 – Practicum (TESOL Certificate course, prerequisite: LING 5810 or LANG 5400) - Observation and teaching of L2 classes. [Typically offered fall and spring]

 LING 5818 – Second Language Test Design (prerequisite: LING 5810 or LANG 5400, and LING 1200) - An overview of the conceptual bases of language testing and procedures for designing and developing useful language tests. [Last offered spring 2016]

Last Updated: 12/7/16