University Catalog 2005-2006

Linguistics (LING)

English Department

322/ENGL 322 English Grammar (3:3:0) Overview of the grammatical structure of English including word classes, phrases and complex sentences. English grammar is analyzed using modern syntactic theory. Students engage in language description through problem solving.

326 General Linguistics (3:3:0) Introduction to general linguistics: phonetics, phonology, morphology, and -syntax.

485 Semantics and Pragmatics (3:3:0) Prerequisite: LING 326. Developments in theoretical linguistics that explore how language form is related to meaning and to context. Topics include reference, lexical semantics, logic, quantification, truth conditions and sentential meaning, presuppositions, and speech acts.

486 Syntax I (3:3:0)Prerequisite: LING 326. The nature and form of a syntactic theory, and an examination and analysis of the properties of several major natural language syntactic structures.

490 Generative Phonology (3:3:0) Prerequisite: LING 326. Sound systems of English and other languages from the perspectives of phonological theory. Topics include articulatory phonetics, distinctive features, the nature of phonological representations, rhythm and stress, and phonological universals and constraints.

499 Independent Study (1-3:3:0) Prerequisite: LING 326 and 3 other LING credits, and permission of the instructor. Intensive study of a particular theoretical problem in linguistics to be conducted by an individual student in close consultation with an instructor. Student produces a substantial piece of written work during the semester on the findings of his or her research. With instructor permission, the course may be taken twice for a total of 6 credits.

507 Field Work in Applied Linguistics (3:0:0) Prerequisite: LING 326, 520, 521, or 582. Contact the English Department one semester prior to enrollment. Field work provides experience working in a language-teaching program or an educational research organization.

520 Descriptive Linguistics (3:3:0) Introduction to terminology and methodology of modern linguistic science and detailed structural analysis of English phonology, morphology, and syntax.

521 Applied Linguistics: Teaching English as a Second Language (3:3:0) Prerequisite: LING 520, 690, or 786. Theories and basic principles of the teaching of a second language, especially as they relate to the English language, introducing students to methods of teaching English to speakers of other languages.

522 Modern English Grammar (3:3:0) Prerequisite: one course in linguistics or permission of instructor. Overview of the structure of modern English beginning with word classes and ending with analyses of complex sentences. Most topics are introduced as problems of language descrip-tion; in solving them, principles of syntactic argumentation are demonstrated as well. Students learn to tap their own intuitions about English to analyze grammatical -structure.

523 Descriptive Aspects of English Phonetics and Phonology (3:3:0) An in-depth description and analysis of the sound system processes of modern English. Segmental phonetics, syllable structure, connected speech, and pro-sodic phenomena are among the topics. Implications for language instruction are also addressed.

581 Psycholinguistics (3:3:0) Prerequisite: LING 520, 690, or 786, or permission of instructor. Study of mental and psychological aspects of human language, including aphasia, association, autism, language acquisition, verbal concept formation, and perception.

582 Second Language Acquisition (3:3:0) Prerequisite: LING 520, 690, or 786, or permission of instructor. Second language (L2) acquisition examined from a linguistic perspective. First and second language acquisition are compared, and factors contributing to L2 variation are explored, including linguistic universals, transfer, age, input, and affective considerations.

686 Special Topics in Linguistics (3:3:0) Prerequisite: varies with topic. Detailed advanced study of selected area of linguistics. Content varies. May be repeated once for credit with permission of department.

690 Generative Phonology (3:3:0) Sound systems of English and other languages from the perspective of phonological theory. Topics include articulatory phonetics, distinctive features, the nature of phonological representations and processes, rule ordering, abstractness, the role of external evidence, and nonlinear phonology.

691 Theories of Language (3:3:0) Prerequisite: LING 520, 690, or 786, or permission of instructor. A seminar course in linguistic metatheory. A wide range of theories about language and about linguistic theory are examined, including those of Saussure, Bloomfield, Chomsky, and others. Readings from original sources.

692 Phonology II (3:3:0) Prerequisite: LING 690. -Recent trends in phonological theory. Topics include stress assignment, tone spreading, and vowel harmony, from within a nonlinear framework. Segmental structure and underspeci-fication are discussed.

785 Semantics and Pragmatics (3:3:0) Prerequisite: LING 520, 690, or 786, or permission of instructor. Developments in theoretical linguistics that explore how language form is related to meaning and context. Topics include reference, lexical semantics, logic, quantification, truth conditions and sentential meaning, presuppositions, and speech acts.

786 Syntax I (3:3:0) The nature and form of a syntactic theory, and an examination and analysis of the properties of several major natural language syntactic structures.

787 Syntax II (3:3:0) Prerequisite: LING 786. A theoretical treatment of syntactic phenomena that in the past few years have emerged as standard problems for syntactic analysis. Problems include binding, extraction, and quantification. Extensive reading in the primary theoretical literature.

798 Directed Reading and Research (1-3:0:0) Prerequisite: open only to students who have completed at least 18 credits of LING courses. Reading, research, and writing on a specific project under the direction of a departmental member. Prior approval by this faculty member is required. Written report required. May be repeated once for credit with permission.

799 Thesis (1-6:0:0) Prerequisite: open only to students who have completed at least 18 credits of LING courses. Students who take LING 798 to develop a thesis topic and then elect the thesis option receive 3credits for LING 799 on completion of the thesis. Students who do not take LING 798 or who take it to work on a project unrelated to their thesis receive up to 6 credits for LING 799 on completion of the thesis. Graded S/NC.