Courses

LIN 3041 “Introduction to Linguistics
This course helps develop an understanding of the nature of language, to dispel a number of myths and misconceptions about language, and to provide tools and techniques for describing linguistic data.

LIN 4040 “Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics"
This course attempts to develop an understanding of the organization of language, to provide tools and techniques for describing language data, and to examine various models of linguistic description.

LIN 4201 “The sounds of the world’s languages"
This course covers sounds and sound patterns in the world’s languages, focusing on sounds occurring both in majority and minority languages, with a special attention to those attested only in certain language families or used for special purposes. 

LIN 4512 “Introduction to Transformational Grammar
The purpose of this course is to expose students to the underlying principles of syntax. Students are taught the mechanics of syntactic theories dating from the late 1960s to the present. 

LIN 4030 “Introduction to Historical Linguistics
This course is designed to familiarize students with the world language families, notion of relatedness, sound correspondence, comparative method, internal reconstruction, and the reconstruction of the Proto-Indo-European languages. Several theories of sound change are also discussed. 

LIN 4930 “Topics in Linguistics: Spanish in the US
This course examines Spanish in the United States, with particular emphasis on sociolinguistic aspects. Topics include varieties of Spanish in the United States, language and identity, language attitudes, maintenance and loss, language policy, bilingual education, and Spanish as a heritage language. 

LIN 4930 “Topics in Linguistics: Child Language Acquisition
This course offers an introduction to the study of child language acquisition and development in both the monolingual and bilingual setting. The goal of the course is to better understand the linguistic, psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic, and neurolinguistic dimensions of language acquisition. 

LIN 4930 “Topics in Linguistics: Psycholinguistics of Bilingualism
This course offers an introduction to the psycholinguistics of bilingualism. In this course, we will explore the relationship between language and cognition in individuals who speak and understand more than one language. We will examine issues such as spoken language processing, written language processing, language acquisition and the bilingual brain.

LIN 4930 “Topics in Linguistics: Heritage Language Acquisition
This course examines heritage language speakers (a specific type of unbalanced bilinguals) and their languages. Topics include definitions of heritage languages and heritage language speakers, methodological issues, the characteristics of heritage languages (e.g., phonetics/phonology, morphosyntax, semantics, lexicon), bilingual acquisition, and similarities and differences between heritage language speakers and L2 learners. We will discuss studies on a range of heritage languages, including Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French, Arabic, Turkish, and Russian.

LIN 4930 “Topics in Linguistics: The Syntax-Phonology Interface
This course focuses on the interaction between the syntactic and the phonological component in the grammar. In particular, it explores how sound is used to convey information about sentence structure and meaning, and how syntactic structure can impact phonetic detail and prosodic phrasing.

LIN 4905 “Directed Individual Study
In this course, students arrange with individual faculty members to undertake specialized study in areas outside of or in addition to the regular curriculum.

IDS 2930 “Language Birth, Language Death
This course explores how languages are born, the ways and reasons why they change, and the limits of language learning and teaching. The course also examines the factors leading to language loss and language death, the reasons why we, as global citizens, should care, and how language specialists and activists attempt to bring dying languages back to life.

FRE 3780 “French Phonetics
This course targets pronunciation practice using the phonetic alphabet with the objective of improving production of standard French pronunciation. 

GER 3780 “(German) Phonetics
In this course, the objectives are the acquisition of correct German sound formation by comparison with English phonetics and the improvement of the student’s conversational German through pronunciation exercises. The course is conducted in German. 

GER 3930 “Special Topics: The Globalization of Language
Globalization has been used to describe a process, a condition, a system, a force, and an age. Most often, we understand globalization as a set of social processes that appear to transform our social condition by shifting forms of human contact. In this approach, language plays an essential role as far as it is a medium to communicate our identities and to function in a community. Language is also used to communicate across cultures; we use language to understand ourselves, our neighbors, and to establish contact with them. This course examines how globalization has an effect on languages, and specifically on the creation of world languages, as well as, how language effects the process of globalization.

GER 3930 / LIN4930 “Special Topics: Language and Society
Language and Society is the study of language in its social context. We will study language primarily as a means of communication and expression of identity as the identity of the speaker and of the speech community define the choice of the language. We will look at questions like: What are the different language varieties? Who speaks what language variety to whom, why, and with whom? What happens when we find languages in contact? What influences the speaker’s language attitude? How does language spread, shift, die, or revive? This course will explore the above questions in an interdisciplinary manner by using critical thinking. 

RUS 4780 “(Russian) Phonetics
This course provides an understanding of the phonetic and phonemic structure of Russian with extensive oral practice. 

RUS 4840 “History of the Russian Literary Language
This course studies the development of the phonological and grammatical systems from the earliest records to the present.

SPN 4700 “Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
This course examines the origin, development and present-day variation of the Spanish language and provides an introduction to Spanish linguistics from a theoretical and empirical point of view.

SPN 4780 “Spanish Phonetics
This course involves training in the production of acceptable speech sounds in Spanish and a knowledge of when to use those sounds (allophonic distribution). The class meets both in the classroom and in the language laboratory. The nonnative speaker can profit most from this course. 

SPN 4840 “History of the Spanish Language
This course examines the origin and development of Spanish in the context of Indo-European and Romance languages. The course explores the linguistic changes that took place from Latin to Spanish, and compares them to those undergone by related (co)dialects and languages.

SPN 4740 “Hispanic Sociolinguistics
This course provides students with a cultural and linguistic awareness of the Spanish language and of the various and numerous societies in which it is spoken. Topics that relate to Spanish may include linguistic variation, language and gender, the sociology of language, the rights of linguistic minorities, language movements, and language policy. 

SPN 4930 “Bilingualism in the Spanish-Speaking World
In this course we will explore the main topics in the study of bilingualism with an emphasis on bilingual communities in Spain, Spanish America, and the United States. Our primary goals will be (i) to develop an appreciation for the social, political and cultural contexts of bilingual
communities in the Spanish-speaking world, ii) to learn about the acquisition and processing
of more than one language, and iii) to recognize the ideologies underlying language planning and bilingual education.

For a list of Linguistics courses at the MA and PhD levels click here.

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