Courses in Linguistics and Cognitive Science
100 Understanding Language (3)
introduction to all aspects of the nature and use of language. Language acquisition,
language loss, language change, language in society. Films and television documentaries
augmented by readings and written exercises. .May not be offered in 2005-2006.
216 (= A Eng 216) Traditional Grammar and Usage (3)
coverage of traditional grammar and usage with an introduction to the principles
of structural and transformational grammar. Brief exploration into recent advances
in linguistic thought. Practice in stylistic analysis using such grammatical
elements as syntax, voice, subordination and sentence structure.
220 (= A Ant 220 & Eng 217) Introduction to Linguistics (3)
to the study of language, including examination of the characteristics and structural
principles of natural language. After exploring the basic characteristics of
sound, word formation and sentence structure, these principles are applied to
such topics as: language variation, language change, psycholinguistics, pragmatics,
and animal communication. Only one of A Lin 220, A Ant 220, &
A Eng 217 may be taken for credit.
289 Directed Study in Foreign Language (4)
of a foreign language not regularly taught at the University; independent work
with the guidance of a faculty member using recordings and other material; meetings
with native speakers when possible. A limited number of languages may be offered
in any one year. May be repeated for a different language or for more advanced
study in the same language. Prerequisite(s): permission of undergraduate adviser.
301 (= A Phi 301 & A Psy 301) Introduction to Cognitive Science
science investigates the nature of the human mind and cuts across several disciplines
(e.g., psychology, computer science, philosophy, linguistics). This course examines
the approaches these disciplines use to promote our understanding of various
mental phenomena (e.g., perceiving, reasoning, production and comprehension
of language, memory.) Only one of A Lin 301, A Phi 301 & A Psy
301 may be taken for credit. .May not be offered in 2005-2006.
321 (= A Ant 321) Introduction to Syntax (3)
human ability to produce and understand an infinite number of different sentences
is one of the most remarkable capabilities we have. The study of the structure
of sentences is called syntax, and this course is an introduction to
syntactic theory. The particular approach we will be pursuing is called generative
grammar, the approach to syntax pioneered by linguists such as Noam Chomsky.
Chomsky argues that all humans are born with an unconscious knowledge of Universal
Grammar, the basis on which the grammars of all languages are built. Through
a detailed examination of English sentence structure, we will investigate the
connections between English syntax and Universal Grammar. Only one of A Lin
321 & A Ant 321 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Lin
220 or permission of instructor.
322 (= A Ant 322) Introduction to Phonology (3)
to the description and analysis of human speech sounds and their organization.
Introduction to articulatory phonetics and the International Phonetic Alphabet
followed by examination and generative phonological analysis of data from English
and a wide range of other languages. Only one of A Lin 322 & A Ant
322 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Lin 220 or permission of
325 (= A Ant 325) Sociolinguistics (3)
to the study of language as a social phenomenon. Includes basic sociolinguistic
concepts, interactional sociolinguistics, social dialects, black English, diglossia,
bilingualism and bilingual education. Only one of A Lin 325 & A Ant
325 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Lin 220 or permission of
421Z (= A Ant 421Z) Advanced Syntax (3)
course continues the investigation of the relationship between the grammars
of particular languages and Universal Grammar. We will examine the syntax of
several languages from around the world asking ourselves the following questions:
a.) How do the principles that organize the grammars of other languages around
the world compare to English? b.) What grammatical properties are true for all
languages? We will discuss the answers to these questions in the light of generative
grammar. Only one of A Lin 421Z & A Ant 421Z may be taken for
credit. The former A Lin 421 & A Ant 421 do not yield writing
intensive credit. Prerequisite(s): A Lin 321 with grade of C or
422 (= A Ant 422) Advanced Phonology (3)
studies in generative phonological theory, with a focus on the analysis of prosodic
phenomena such as stress, tone, and accent. Discussion of recent theoretical
trends in phonology. Only one of A Lin 422 & A Ant 422 may be
taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Lin 322 with grade of C or
higher. May not be offered in 2005-2006.
423 (= A Ant 423) Linguistic Structures (3)
of the structure of a selected language, language family, or language area;
may be repeated for credit when topic differs. Prerequisite(s): A Lin 321
or 322 or consent of instructor. [OD]
425 (= A Ant 425) Comparative and Historical Linguistics (3)
development and change. Language classification, linguistic reconstruction.
Prerequisite(s): A Ant 220 or A Lin 220 or consent of instructor.
May not be offered in 2005-2006.
429 Field Methods in Anthropological Linguistics (4)
introduction to the techniques of collecting and analyzing primary linguistic
data from native speakers, taught through intensive examination of a selected
language; may be repeated for credit with change in language. Prerequisite(s):
A Lin 321 or 322 or permission of instructor.
495 Honors Thesis (3)
in the honors program should enroll in A Lin 495 during one semester of
their senior year. Students will write a major paper under the supervision of
a faculty member in the Program in Linguistics and Cognitive Science, and deliver
an oral presentation of their research. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the honors
program in Linguistics.
497 Independent Study in Linguistics (1-6)
reading or research on a selected topic in linguistics, under the direction
of a faculty member. Normally taken for 3 credits, but if the nature of the
project warrants it, as many as 6 credits may be earned in one term; may be
taken a second time, with approval, for a maximum total of 12 credits. Prerequisite(s):
a 300-level course from the list of courses approved for the linguistics major;
permission of instructor and director of linguistics program.
499 Seminar on Topics in Linguistics (3)
on selected topics in linguistic theory and methodology, chosen on the basis
of current interest; may be repeated for credit with change of topic. Prerequisite(s):
varies with topic, usually a 300-level linguistics course: permission of instructor.