Linguistics Major with Teacher Certification in English as a Second Language (Preschool-Grade 12) (B.A.) - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog

Students who wish to pursue P-12 teacher certification in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) must apply and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Please visit the Teacher Education Program Web site for the required professional sequence of courses and other important Program requirements, guidelines, and procedures. Students are strongly advised to review the Teacher Education Program Handbook. Students must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in their Linguistics courses and a 3.0 GPA overall to be admitted to this program. The TESL methods course required for the Teacher Education Professional Sequence is LNGN 403 Methods and Materials of TESL. In addition, students must pass the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) with a score of at least Advanced-mid prior to the Student Teaching semester.

A minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree. In addition to the major requirements 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 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 4 courses from the following:

    1. (LNGN 450, 478, and 479 may also be used with written department approval)

      LNGN 110 Language of Food (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 250 Language of Propaganda (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 260 Dialectology (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 280 Bilingualism (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 284 History of the English Language (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 325 Principles of Second Language Learning (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 384 The Grammars of English (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 420 Language and the Mind (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 348 Psycholinguistics (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. From the following, the course not used in Major Requirements Group B, may be used as an elective:.

      LNGN 301 Semantics (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 302 Pragmatics (3 hours lecture) 3

Course Descriptions:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

LNGN384: The Grammars of English (3 hours lecture)

A critical overview of traditional, structural, and transformational-generative approaches to the problems of analyzing the grammar of the English language; practical applications for teaching English and for understanding grammatical principles as a means of more effective writing and literary analysis. Cross listed with English, ENGL 384. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101 or LNGN 210.

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.

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.