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Linguistics Minor

Linguistics, Institute of
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2019
  • Required credits in this minor: 16
Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. Courses explore the principles governing the structure of natural languages, how languages are acquired by children and adults, the role of language in human cognition and social interaction, and how languages change over time.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Students must meet with the director of undergraduate studies to declare a minor in linguistics. Students may earn a BA or a minor in linguistics, but not both.
Introduction to Linguistics
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 4 credit(s) from the following:
· LING 3001 - Introduction to Linguistics [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
· LING 3001H - Honors: Introduction to Linguistics [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
· LING 5001 - Introduction to Linguistics (4.0 cr)
Syntax and Phonology
Take exactly 2 course(s) totaling 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
Syntax
Honors students may take LING 5201 in place of 4201.
· LING 4201 - Syntax I (3.0 cr)
or LING 5201 - Syntactic Theory I (3.0 cr)
· Phonology
Honors students may take LING 5302 in place of 4302W.
· LING 4302W - Phonology I [WI] (3.0 cr)
or LING 5302 - Phonological Theory I (3.0 cr)
Electives
Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
Lower-division Electives
Take at most 4 credit(s) from the following:
· LING 1701 - Language and Society [DSJ] (4.0 cr)
· LING 1800 - Topics in Linguistics (1.0-4.0 cr)
· LING 19xx - Freshman Seminar
· Upper-division Electives
Take 2 or more credit(s) from the following:
· LING 3051H - Honors: Thesis (3.0 cr)
· LING 3101W - Languages of the World [WI] (3.0 cr)
· LING 3900 - Topics in Linguistics (1.0-4.0 cr)
· LING 4202 - Syntax II (3.0 cr)
· LING 4303 - Phonology II (3.0 cr)
· LING 5105 - Field Methods in Linguistics I (4.0 cr)
· LING 5106 - Field Methods in Linguistics II (4.0 cr)
· LING 5202 - Syntactic Theory II (3.0 cr)
· LING 5205 - Semantics (3.0 cr)
· LING 5206 - Linguistic Pragmatics (3.0 cr)
· LING 5303 - Phonological Theory II (3.0 cr)
· LING 5461 - Conversation Analysis (3.0 cr)
· LING 5462 - Field Research in Spoken Language (3.0 cr)
· LING 5801 - Introduction to Computational Linguistics (3.0 cr)
· LING 5900 - Topics in Linguistics (1.0-4.0 cr)
· LING 5993 - Directed Study (1.0-3.0 cr)
· LING 3601 - Historical Linguistics (3.0 cr)
or LING 5601 - Historical Linguistics (3.0 cr)
 
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LING 3001 - Introduction to Linguistics (SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00099 - Ling 3001/3001H/5001
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Scientific study of human language. Methods, questions, findings, and perspectives of modern linguistics. Components of the language system (phonetics/phonology, syntax, semantics/pragmatics); language acquisition; language/social variables; language/cognition; language change; language processing; language/public policy.
LING 3001H - Honors: Introduction to Linguistics (SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00099 - Ling 3001/3001H/5001
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Scientific study of human language. Methods, questions, findings, and perspectives of modern linguistics. Components of the language system (phonetics/phonology, syntax, semantics/pragmatics); language acquisition; language and social variables; language and cognition; language change; language processing; language and public policy. prereq: Honors student or instr consent
LING 5001 - Introduction to Linguistics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00099 - Ling 3001/3001H/5001
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Scientific study of human language. Methods, questions, findings, and perspectives of modern linguistics. Components of the language system (phonetics/phonology, syntax, semantics/pragmatics); language acquisition; language and social variables; language and cognition; language change; language processing; language and public policy; language and cognition.
LING 4201 - Syntax I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01958 - Ling 4201/Ling 5201
Typically offered: Every Spring
How words are organized into phrases/sentences. Basic units of a sentence. How these units are structured. How languages may be the same, or different, in syntax. prereq: 3001 or 3001H or 5001 or instr consent
LING 5201 - Syntactic Theory I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01958 - Ling 4201/Ling 5201
Typically offered: Every Fall
Concepts/issues in current syntactic theory. prereq: 5001 or honors student or instr consent
LING 4302W - Phonology I (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00065 - Ling 4302W/Ling 5302
Typically offered: Every Spring
How sounds are organized/patterned in human languages. Foundation in phonological theory/problem-solving for advanced work in phonology and other fields in linguistics. Analyzing data, presenting written solutions. prereq: 3001 or 3001H or 5001 or instr consent
LING 5302 - Phonological Theory I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00065 - Ling 4302W/Ling 5302
Typically offered: Every Fall
How sounds are organized/patterned in human languages. Phonological theory/problem-solving for advanced work in in linguistics. Analyzing data. Presenting written solutions to problem sets. prereq: 5001 or honors student or instructor consent. LING 5302 is directed towards honors students and graduate students.
LING 1701 - Language and Society (DSJ)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Role of language in human social interaction; linguistic indicators of social status and attitudes; language and sex roles; linguistic ecology; language planning for multilingual communities; implications for education and public policy.
LING 1800 - Topics in Linguistics
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 20.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics vary. See Class Schedule.
LING 3051H - Honors: Thesis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Supervised planning and research for honors thesis to be completed in 3052. prereq: Linguistics honors candidate, instr consent
LING 3101W - Languages of the World (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Survey of language families of the world. Classifying languages genetically/typologically. Historical relationships among languages. prereq: 3001 or 3001H or 5001 or instr consent
LING 3900 - Topics in Linguistics
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 20.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics vary. See Class Schedule.
LING 4202 - Syntax II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01961
Typically offered: Every Fall
Syntactic theory. Principles and Parameters (P&P) approach to grammar. Focuses on Minimalist Program (MP). prereq: 4201 or 5201
LING 4303 - Phonology II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01962
Typically offered: Every Fall
Continues work of LING 4302W with emphasis on critical reading of current phonological literature. Phonological phenomena in the context of new developments in the field. Optimality Theory and the phonology-morphology interface. prereq: Ling 4302W
LING 5105 - Field Methods in Linguistics I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Techniques for obtaining/analyzing linguistic data from unfamiliar languages through direct interaction with native speaker. prereq: [[4201 or 5201], [4302W or 5302]] or instr consent
LING 5106 - Field Methods in Linguistics II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Techniques for obtaining/analyzing linguistic data from unfamiliar languages through direct interaction with a native speaker. prereq: [5105, grad major] or instr consent
LING 5202 - Syntactic Theory II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01961 - Ling 4202/Ling 5202
Typically offered: Every Spring
Modern syntactic theory. Syntactic phenomena in various languages. Syntactic argumentation, development of constraints on grammar formalisms. prereq: 5201 or instructor consent. LING 5201 is directed towards honors students and graduate students.
LING 5205 - Semantics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Analysis of sentence meaning. Semantic properties. Relations such as analyticity, entailment, quantification, and genericity. Philosophical background, formal techniques of semantic analysis, how sentence meaning depends on word meaning, syntax, and context. The role of semantics in grammatical theory. prereq: [4201 or 5201] or instr consent
LING 5206 - Linguistic Pragmatics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Analysis of linguistic phenomena in relation to beliefs and intentions of language users; speech act theory, conversational implicature, presupposition, information structure, relevance theory, discourse coherence. prereq: [4201 or 5201] or instr consent
LING 5303 - Phonological Theory II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01962 - Ling 4303/Ling 5303
Typically offered: Every Spring
Phonology of human languages. Reading papers in the literature. Doing research in phonology. prereq: 5302 or instr consent. LING 5303 is directed towards honors and graduate students.
LING 5461 - Conversation Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Comm/Ling 5461
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Discourse processes. Application of concepts through conversation analysis. prereq: 3001 or 3001H or 5001 or instr consent
LING 5462 - Field Research in Spoken Language
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Comm/Ling 5462
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Transcribing/analyzing talk and movement related to talk. Applying concepts to recorded conversations. prereq: 3001 or 3001H or 5001 or instr consent
LING 5801 - Introduction to Computational Linguistics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Methods/issues in computer understanding of natural language. Programming languages, their linguistic applications. Lab projects. prereq: [4201 or 5201] or programming experience or instr consent
LING 5900 - Topics in Linguistics
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics vary. See Class Schedule.
LING 5993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 10.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Directed study for Linguistics. Prereq instr consent, dept consent, college consent.
LING 3601 - Historical Linguistics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Ling 3601/5601
Typically offered: Every Spring
Historical change in phonology, syntax, semantics, and lexicon. Linguistic reconstruction. Genetic relationship among languages. prereq: 3001 or instr consent
LING 5601 - Historical Linguistics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Ling 3601/5601
Typically offered: Every Spring
Historical change in phonology, syntax, semantics, and lexicon. Linguistic reconstruction. Genetic relationship among languages. prereq: 3001 or 3011H or 5001