Linguistics



Associate Professor: Lizarralde; Senior Lecturer:  King; Lecturers:  Morelli, Ivanov; Professor Hartman, director

Linguistics is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the scientific study of language:  its structure, its function in society, and its historical development.  The minor is a natural complement to any major in which the nature of language is considered.

The Minor in Linguistics

The minor in linguistics consists of five courses, including:

  • Linguistics 101;
  • At least two courses from among Linguistics 201, 202, and 226;
  • Additional courses from the list below.

At least three of the five courses must be at the intermediate or advanced level.  Students should consult with their advisers to ensure that their courses constitute a focused program of study.

Courses

LINGUISTICS  110  INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE AND MIND  The nature of human language as studied in modern linguistics.  Basic design features of human language and its structural evolution.  The course aims to equip students with knowledge essential for studying foreign languages and cognitive science, but also to enhance the study of psychology, anthropology, philosophy, and human development, as well as mathematics and music.  This is the same course as English/German Studies/Hispanic Studies 110.

               Enrollment limited to 40 students.  This course satisfies General Education Area 3.  Staff

LINGUISTICS  201  PHONOLOGY  An introduction to the study of speech sounds: their physical properties, representation, and organization in human language.  Basic concepts and techniques of generative linguistics will help us analyze differences and similarities among languages, examine patterns of pronunciation, and understand regional and foreign accents. 
               Prerequisite:  Linguistics 110 or permission of the instructor.  Enrollment limited to 30 students.  This course satisfies General Education Area 2.  F. Morelli

LINGUISTICS  202  SYNTAX  Empirical investigation into the internal structure of phrases and clauses as syntactic categories, and how their representations and derivations are to be captured within the Principles-and-Parameters framework of generative grammar.  Central topics include constituency, X-bar projections, binding, movement, features, split VPs, cross-linguistic differences, and the hypothesis of Universal Grammar.  Students participating in the foreign language section will receive an additional credit hour, pass/not passed marking.

               Prerequisite:  Linguistics 110 or permission of the instructor.  Enrollment limited to 30 students.  This course satisfies General Education Area 2.  T. King

LINGUISTICS  202f  SYNTAX  (In Chinese)  This optional section will meet for an additional hour each week to discuss supplemental readings in Chinese.  Students participating in the foreign language section will receive one additional credit hour, pass/not passed marking.  Students electing Course 202f must concurrently enroll in Linguistics 202.  Staff

LINGUISTICS  226  LANGUAGE IN CULTURE  This is the same course as Anthropology/Slavic Studies 226.  Refer to the Slavic Studies listing for a course description.

LINGUISTICS  233  RUNES, RIDDLES, AND DRAGONS:  ADVENTURES IN OLD ENGLISH  This is the same course as English 233.  Refer to the English listing for a course description.

LINGUISTICS  326  SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION  This is the same course as Slavic Studies 326.  Refer to the Slavic Studies listing for a course description.

LINGUISTICS  291, 292  INDIVIDUAL STUDY

LINGUISTICS  391, 392  INDIVIDUAL STUDY

LINGUISTICS  491, 492  INDIVIDUAL STUDY

Other Courses in the Linguistics Program

Computer Science 110

Computer Science 316

Hispanic Studies 325

Human Development 306

Mathematics 210

Philosophy 103

 

Introduction to Computer Science and Problem Solving

Artificial Intelligence

Foreign Language Methodology

Language, Narrative, and Self

Discrete Mathematics

Logic