Linguistics Minor - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog


LINGUISTICS MINOR

Complete 18 semester hours, including the following 2 requirement(s):

  1. Complete the following 1 course:

    LNGN 210 Introduction to General Linguistics (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. ELECTIVE COURSES

    Complete 15 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 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
      PSYC 488 Seminar in Cognitive Science (3 hours seminar) 3
    2. 1 course from the following may be used:

      LNGN 301 Semantics (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 302 Pragmatics (3 hours lecture) 3
    3. 1 course from the following may be used:

      CMPT 288 Introduction to Cognitive Science (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 288 Introduction to Cognitive Science (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 288 Introduction to Cognitive Science (3 hours lecture) 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.