Linguistics Major (B.A.) - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog

A minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 semester hours may be required depending upon the major field of study. In addition to the major requirement outlined below, all university students must fulfill the set of General Education requirements applicable to their degree.

LINGUISTICS MAJOR

Complete 36 semester hours including the following 2 requirement(s):

  1. REQUIRED MAJOR COURSES

    Complete the following 2 requirement(s):

    1. Complete the following 7 courses:

      LNGN 210 Introduction to General Linguistics (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 220 Structure of American English (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 230 Language in Society (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 245 Language and Culture (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 300 Syntax (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 331 Phonetics (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 332 Phonology (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. Complete 1 course from the following:

      LNGN 301 Semantics (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 302 Pragmatics (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES

    Complete 12 semester hours from the following:

    1.  

      LNGN 110 Language of Food (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 240 Languages of the World (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 250 Language of Propaganda (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 255 Language and Gender (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 260 Dialectology (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 270 History of Linguistics (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 280 Bilingualism (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 284 History of the English Language (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 301 Semantics (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 302 Pragmatics (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 310 Morphology (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 325 Principles of Second Language Learning (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 370 Comparative and Historical Linguistics (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 420 Language and the Mind (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 430 Field Methods 3
      LNGN 445 Natural Language Processing (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 450 Selected Topics in Linguistics (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 451 Selected Topics in Linguistics (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 478 Independent Study 3
      LNGN 479 Independent Study 3
      PSYC 348 Psycholinguistics (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. One of the following may also be taken:

      CMPT 288 Introduction to Cognitive Science (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 288 Introduction to Cognitive Science (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 288 Introduction to Cognitive Science (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 288 Introduction to Cognitive Science (3 hours lecture) 3
    3. One of the following may also be taken:

      LNGN 488 Seminar in Cognitive Science (3 hours seminar) 3
      PSYC 488 Seminar in Cognitive Science (3 hours seminar) 3

Course Descriptions:

CMPT288: Introduction to Cognitive Science (3 hours lecture)

An introduction to the multidisciplinary field of cognitive science. Topics include: the mind-body problem, thought as computation and the computer model of the mind, the role of representation in mental activity. Emphasis will be upon the methodological approaches found in artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, cognitive anthropology, cognitive neuroscience, linguistics, and philosophy. Cross listed with Linguistics LNGN 288, Philosophy and Religion PHIL 288, and Psychology PSYC 288. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ANTH 100 or CMPT 183 or LNGN 210 or PHIL 100 or PSYC 101.

LNGN110: Language of Food (3 hours lecture)

This course explores the intersection of language and food (or speaking and eating) by investigating what we can learn about language by studying "the language of food." The course introduces fundamental aspects of language and linguistics through an exploration of topics related to food: food terms, food metaphors, the language and structure of menus and recipes, the language of wine, the language of food advertising and labeling, and language practices related to food and eating (e.g., saying grace, making toasts, sharing recipes, etc.). The course examines how people talk about food, how people use food to talk about themselves and about others, and how "food talk" conveys a range of social and cultural meanings. Cognitive aspects of the language of food and taste as well as cross-linguistic similarities and differences will be considered. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science. 3 sh.

LNGN210: Introduction to General Linguistics (3 hours lecture)

The nature and structure of language; the basic techniques for analyzing linguistic structures; phonological, morphological, syntactic and semantic structure of languages, language and dialects; language change; the comparative method in linguistics; human and animal communication; differences between first and second language learning. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. 3 sh.

LNGN220: Structure of American English (3 hours lecture)

The phonology, morphology, syntax of American English, geographical and social dialects; traditional, structural and transformational approaches to grammar. 3 sh.

LNGN230: Language in Society (3 hours lecture)

Correlations between language varieties, their functions in particular settings, and the characteristics of their speakers. Black English. The role of second languages within a society: Pidgin, Creole, Lingua Franca, Diglossia, etc. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. 3 sh.

LNGN240: Languages of the World (3 hours lecture)

A survey of the languages of the world from the dual perspectives of their genealogical classification and their typological (or structural) characteristics. It is intended for both majors and non-majors, and presupposes no previous linguistic training. 3 sh.

LNGN245: Language and Culture (3 hours lecture)

A study of language in its cultural context. Relationship of linguistic to non-linguistic variables: ethnosemantics, linguistic relativity principle, componential analysis. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. 3 sh.

LNGN250: Language of Propaganda (3 hours lecture)

This course is a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the use of language to manipulate and influence opinions via advertising, innuendo, jargon, emotive language, etc. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. 3 sh.

LNGN255: Language and Gender (3 hours lecture)

A sociolinguistic study of the interaction of language with sex and gender. Course includes a survey of the literature on language and gender plus practical experience in collecting and analyzing linguistic data. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

LNGN260: Dialectology (3 hours lecture)

Principles of dialect study; application to American dialects. The origin and development of American dialects in historical, literary, regional, social and urban perspectives. 3 sh.

LNGN270: History of Linguistics (3 hours lecture)

Linguistics from the ancient Sanskrit grammarians to the present. Present-day 'schools': Structuralism, glossematics, Prague school, London school, tagmemics, stratificational grammar, transformational grammar. 3 sh.

LNGN280: Bilingualism (3 hours lecture)

Compound and coordinate bilingualism; attitudes, motivation, etc.; functions of languages in multilingual settings; problems of newly-independent, multilingual nations in establishing national and standardized languages; analysis of bilingual speech; problems of educating minority groups in this country whose native language is not English. 3 sh.

LNGN284: History of the English Language (3 hours lecture)

English from its Indo-European origins up to and including the eighteenth-century grammarians. The Germanic strains; old, middle and modern English. 3 sh.

LNGN288: Introduction to Cognitive Science (3 hours lecture)

An introduction to the multidisciplinary field of cognitive science. Topics include: the mind-body problem, thought as computation and the computer model of the mind, the role of representation in mental activity. Emphasis will be upon the methodological approaches found in artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, cognitive anthropology, cognitive neuroscience, linguistics, and philosophy. Cross listed with Computer Science CMPT 288, Philosophy and Religion PHIL 288, and Psychology PSYC 288. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ANTH 100 or CSIT 111 or LNGN 210 or PHIL 100 or PSYC 101.

LNGN300: Syntax (3 hours lecture)

The study of sentence structure and the theories designed to describe it. Emphasis on structural grammar, the development of Generative Grammar and contemporary theoretical methods for describing sentence structure. Data will be taken from a number of different languages. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Linguistics. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: LNGN 210 or departmental approval.

LNGN301: Semantics (3 hours lecture)

The systematic and objective study of meaning in language. Topics include: referential meaning, semantic fields, componential analysis, synonymy, polysemy, hyponymy, and sequential meaning. Data will be taken from a number of different languages. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: LNGN 300.

LNGN302: Pragmatics (3 hours lecture)

The study of pragmatics, an area of linguistics that examines language as situated speech and studies how context affects the interpretation of meaning. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: LNGN 300.

LNGN310: Morphology (3 hours lecture)

Morphology is the study of the structure of words. Students will learn to analyze words by working with data from many languages, and they will study the kinds of morphological systems that exist in the languages of the world. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: LNGN 210.

LNGN325: Principles of Second Language Learning (3 hours lecture)

Theories of second language acquisition; error analysis; individual learner differences; the roles of input, interaction, and formal instruction in language acquisition. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: LNGN 210. Open to Linguistics majors or admission into Teacher Education program.

LNGN331: Phonetics (3 hours lecture)

A comprehensive introduction to phonetics, the study of the production of speech sounds and their acoustic characteristics. Students will learn to identify, classify, and transcribe sounds from a variety of languages. While intended primarily for Linguistics majors, this course will also be of interest to prospective language teachers and to majors in Speech, in Psychology, and in Communication Sciences and Disorders. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: LNGN 210 or departmental approval (for Cognitive Science majors).

LNGN332: Phonology (3 hours lecture)

Phonology studies how languages make use of a particular subset of all the possible speech sounds in a systematic way to produce meaningful units like words and sentences. The objectives of this course will be to give students experience in analyzing phonological data from a wide variety of languages and to survey current theories of phonology. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: LNGN 331 or departmental approval.

LNGN370: Comparative and Historical Linguistics (3 hours lecture)

Similarities and differences among languages and language families at one point in time and as these develop in time; reconstructing the common ancestor of related languages and determining general laws of linguistic change. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: LNGN 210 or LNGN 284.

LNGN420: Language and the Mind (3 hours lecture)

An introduction to the major theoretical and methodological principles of Noam Chomsky's theory of Universal Grammar and what they tell us about structure of the human mind. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: LNGN 210 or PSYC 288 or LNGN 288 or PHIL 288 or CMPT 288.

LNGN430: Field Methods

Collecting linguistic data from an informant; human factors in field work; qualifications of the informant; elicitation techniques. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: LNGN 210 or departmental approval.

LNGN445: Natural Language Processing (3 hours lecture)

This course introduces students to the field of Natural Language Processing, that is, of the applications of computer technology to linguistics. The major topics will include language generation, syntactic parsing, and the analysis and synthesis of speech. Students will learn to write programs in PROLOG, one of the most widely used computer languages in language and artificial intelligence applications. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: LNGN 210 or departmental approval.

LNGN450: Selected Topics in Linguistics (3 hours lecture)

Study of special problems and topics in linguistics. Topics announced each semester. May be repeated once for a maximum of 6.0 credits as long as the topic is different. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: LNGN 210 or departmental approval.

LNGN451: Selected Topics in Linguistics (3 hours lecture)

Study of special problems and topics in linguistics. Topics announced each semester. May be repeated once for a maximum of 6.0 credits as long as the topic is different. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: LNGN 210 or departmental approval.

LNGN478: Independent Study

This course is designed (1) to allow students to explore areas of linguistics that are not covered in the normal course offerings of the department; (2) to permit an in-depth analysis of a given subject beyond the scope of a regular semester course; or (3) to provide advanced students with the possibility of research in areas of linguistics that are of special interest to them. May be repeated once for a maximum of 6.0 credits. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

LNGN479: Independent Study

This course is designed (1) to allow students to explore areas of linguistics that are not covered in the normal course offerings of the department; (2) to permit an in-depth analysis of a given subject beyond the scope of a regular semester course; or (3) to provide advanced students with the possibility of research in areas of linguistics that are of special interest to them. May be repeated once for a maximum of 6.0 credits. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

LNGN488: Seminar in Cognitive Science (3 hours seminar)

Seminar discussion of foundation works and contemporary research articles in Cognitive Science. With the instructor's guidance and supervision, each student will define an area of Cognitive Science for comprehensive in-depth review of research and write a literature review. Professional issues in Cognitive Science are discussed. Cross listed with Psychology PSYC 488. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: LNGN 300 or CMPT 288 or LNGN 288 or PHIL 288 or PSYC 288.

PHIL288: Introduction to Cognitive Science (3 hours lecture)

An introduction to the multidisciplinary field of cognitive science. Topics include: the mind-body problem, thought as computation and the computer model of the mind, the role of representation in mental activity. Emphasis will be upon the methodological approaches found in artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, cognitive anthropology, cognitive neuroscience, linguistics, and philosophy. Cross listed with Computer Science CMPT 288, Linguistics LNGN 288, Psychology PSYC 288. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ANTH 100 or CMPT 183 or LNGN 210 or PHIL 100 or PSYC 101.

PSYC288: Introduction to Cognitive Science (3 hours lecture)

An introduction to the multidisciplinary field of cognitive science. Topics include: the mind-body problem, thought as computation and the computer model of the mind, the role of representation in mental activity. Emphasis will be upon the methodological approaches found in artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, cognitive anthropology, cognitive neuroscience, linguistics, and philosophy. Cross listed with Computer Science CMPT 288, Linguistics LNGN 288 and Philosophy and Religion PHIL 288. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ANTH 100 or CSIT 111 or LNGN 210 or PHIL 100 or PSYC 101.

PSYC348: Psycholinguistics (3 hours lecture)

Explores the study of language through linguistic, behavioral, and cognitive methods. Basic linguistic ideas are used for the explication of problems in grammar, cognitive structure, meaning, and speech production and comprehension. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 203.

PSYC488: Seminar in Cognitive Science (3 hours seminar)

Seminar discussion of foundation works and contemporary research articles in Cognitive Science. With the instructor's guidance and supervision, each student will define an area of Cognitive Science for comprehensive in-depth review of research and write a literature review. Professional issues in Cognitive Science are discussed. Cross listed with Linguistics LNGN 488. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: LNGN 300 or CMPT 288 or LNGN 288 or PHIL 288 or PSYC 288.