List of Courses - M.A. and Ph.D

SPN 5795 “Spanish Phonology” (González)
Course description: This course presents an overview of the articulation, acoustics and transcription of Spanish sounds, compares sound patterns across Spanish dialects, and analyzes them using recent phonological theories, including Generative phonology, Autosegmental phonology, and Optimality Theory.

SPN 5805 “Spanish Morphosyntax” (Reglero)
Course description: This course offers an overview of Spanish syntax from an early generative perspective (Chomsky 1981, 1986). In the course, we will provide an in-depth analysis of selected syntactic phenomena such as the Noun Phrase, the Verb Phrase, the sentence, word order and ellipsis.

SPN 5785 “Acoustics Phonetics of Spanish” (González)
Course description: This course provides a thorough background in acoustic phonetics and its application in the description and analysis of Spanish sounds. It also offers an overview of the acoustic characteristics of Spanish sounds and suprasegmentals, and how they compare to English.

SPN 5776 “Acquisition of Spanish Phonology
Course description: This course is an introduction to the fundamental theories, techniques and methodologies concerning the acquisition of phonetics and phonology in a second language, and their application to Spanish. It surveys seminal and current research on the acquisition of Spanish phonology, and explores instructional strategies that can be used in teaching Spanish pronunciation.

SPN 5900 “Spanish Sociolinguistics” (Muntendam)    
Course description: This course is an introduction to sociolinguistics, with a special emphasis on     Spanish in Spain, Latin America and the United States. Topics include sociolinguistic theory and     methodology, linguistic attitudes, phonological variation, syntactic and morphosyntactic variation, the relationship between language and social factors (e.g., social class, gender, and ethnic identity), language variation and change, and bilingualism and language contact.

SPN 5845 “History of the Spanish Language” (González)
Course description: This course examines the origin of Spanish and the linguistic changes that took place from Latin to Early, Medieval and Modern Spanish, comparing them to those undergone by related dialects, co-dialects and languages, including Judeo-Spanish (Ladino), Leonés, Aragonés, Galician and Catalan.

LIN 5744 “Language Learning and Instruction” (Leeser)
Course description: The overall goal of this course is to give all incoming language instructors in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics an overview of the basics of language, the major processes of language acquisition, and the principles underlying communicative approaches to second language instruction (as informed by research and theory in second language acquisition).

LIN 5045 “Descriptive Linguistics” (González, Muntendam, Reglero)
Course description: This course focuses on language typology and the analytical skills and techniques used to examine and interpret linguistic data. It also discusses issues involved in language endangerment and loss. 

LIN 5510 “Transformational Grammar” (Reglero)
Course description: This course is an introduction to syntax, that is, the study of the structure of sentences. In this course, we will approach syntax from the perspective of generative/transformational grammar and we will focus on the concepts and principles which have been of central significance in the recent development of syntactic theory, such as Phrase Structure grammar, X’-schema, θ-Theory, Government, Case, Transformations and Binding Theory.

LIN 5932 “Special Topics: Minimalist Syntax” (Reglero)
Course description: This course provides an introduction to the Minimalist Program (Chomsky 1995, and subsequent work). In this course, we will take the GB framework as a starting point and we will explore minimalist alternatives to discuss topics such as levels of representations, theta domains, case theory, movement, and binding theory.

LIN 5932 “Special Topics: Advanced Spanish Syntax” (Reglero)
Course description: This course provides an overview of Spanish syntax from a Minimalist perspective (Chomsky 1995, and subsequent work). In class, we will focus on the left periphery of the Spanish clause, with in-depth discussion of syntactic issues such as the subject position, topic, focus, wh-movement and inversion.

LIN 5932 “Special Topics: Introduction to Second Language Acquisition” (Sunderman)
Course description: In this course, students will be introduced to a wide range of theories and key constructs within the field of second language acquisition (SLA). Students will also become familiarized with SLA research methods and data analysis procedures.

LIN 5932 “Special Topics: Psycholinguistics” (Sunderman)
Course description: In this course, students will examine the relationship between language and cognition in individuals who speak and understand more than one language, focusing on recent psycholinguistic research carried out in a variety of second languages (e.g., Spanish, Dutch, English, Italian). Students will be introduced to the major issues and concepts in psycholinguistics, as well as various models of language processing and experimental tasks used in the field. 

LIN 5932 “Special Topics: Language Policy and Planning” (Soldat-Jaffe)
Course description: Language planning is the conscious effort to influence the function, structure, or acquisition of languages within a community. It is rarely a transparent process and is most often influenced by a particular ideology. In this course we will study 1. how a language can be planned, in whose interest it is to pursue language planning, and for what reasons?, and 2. how language planning plays out on the political and linguistic level ?For this, the following issues will be explored: lexical engineering, purism, language education, prescriptivism that becomes normativism, national languages, language death, language revival and linguistic human rights to counteract language death. Students will learn to think critically, analyze language issues, and demonstrate awareness of how language communicates identity and interacts with culture. We will look at a variety of languages that have undergone language planning yet with different outcomes.

LIN 5932 “Special Topics: Research Methods” (Leeser)
Course description: The purpose of this course is to introduce graduate students to specific research methodologies and statistical procedures used in quantitative experimental research in applied linguistics. This course will provide all students with the means to critically evaluate quantitative research in language studies and will provide advanced M.A. and Ph.D. students with the basic tools to carry out their own data based research. 

LIN 5932 “Special Topics: Seminar in Second Language Acquisition” (Leeser)
Course description: The ability to process input is essential for acquiring language. Thus, this course will provide graduate students with an introduction to current issues regarding how L2 learners process morphological and syntactic properties during sentence comprehension. Furthermore, we will explore research examining the effectiveness of language instruction that targets L2 learners’ processing of input. The two main goals of this course are (i) to learn about how processing develops in second language learners and (ii) to explore the role of instruction in the development of second language input processing.

LIN 5932 “Special Topics: Spanish in the United States” (Muntendam)
Course description: 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 5932 “Special Topics: Code-switching” (Muntendam)
Course description: This seminar examines the main issues in the study of code-switching (the     use of two languages in the same discourse by a bi/multilingual speaker). Topics include methodological issues in the study of code-switching, grammatical aspects of code-switching, and sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic aspects of code-switching. 

LIN 5932 “Special Topics: Heritage Language Acquisition” (Muntendam)
Course description: 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 5932 “Special Topics: Current readings in Second Language Acquisition” (Sunderman)
Course description: In this course, students will be exposed to the varied research veins of scholarship within the field of second language acquisition (SLA). Through reading the latest empirical studies from a wide range of SLA journals, students will gain a more thorough understanding of the most recent questions driving research on SLA. A goal of this course is for students to become familiarized with the scope of the field of SLA and improve their ability to read and interpret empirical SLA research articles.

LIN 5932 “Special Topics: Current readings in Bilingualism” (Muntendam)
Course description: This course focuses on recent issues within the field of Bilingualism. Students will read and critically evaluate recent articles from a wide range of bilingualism journals.
 

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