Sample Courses

The following is a sample of courses offered in our programs. (Please note that this is a partial sample.) Please see the Undergraduate Catalog and the University Graduate Catalog for updated offerings.

Undergraduate

LIN 2002 Introduction to Language (3). The study of the nature of human language, its origins, and its relation to thinking behavior, and culture. An examination of the similarities and differences between spoken human languages, animal languages, and non verbal communication (including sign language); of language variation between dialects and between different historical stages of a language; and of writing systems.
LIN 2612 Black English (3). This course covers the varieties of Black English spoken in the Americas, the Caribbean, and West Africa. Focuses on the nature of these English varieties and their social uses within the community, literature, and educational system.
LIN 3013 General Linguistics (3). Study of the sounds, vocabulary, and sentence patterns of standard modern English. Other topics include meaning, social and regional dialects, language change, and style. Subsequent credit for LIN 3010 or SPN 3733 will not be granted.
LIN 3670 Grammatical Usage (3). The study of formal, traditional usage of English grammar and mechanics. Prerequisites: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102.
LIN 4122 Historical Linguistics (3). The study of linguistic methodology for determining historical and genetic relationships among languages. Prerequisites: Introductory course in Linguistics or permission of the instructor.
LIN 4214 Applied Phonetics (3). Study of sounds and suprasegmentals of English. Comparison of phonetics of standard English with African American English, Spanish influenced English and the phonetics of other languages. Applications of phonetics. Prerequisites: LIN 3010 or LIN 3013.
LIN 4321 General Phonology (3). The study of phonological processes in language and linguistic methodology for phonological analysis. Prerequisites: Introductory course in Linguistics or permission of the instructor.
LIN 4430 General Morphology and Syntax (3). The study of linguistic methodology for determining the morphological and syntactic structures of languages. Prerequisites: Introductory course in Linguistics or permission of the instructor.
LIN 4612 Black English (3). This course is a linguistic approach to the characteristics and functions of Black English and the current social controversies surrounding it. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
LIN 4651 Gender and Language (3). Examines the evidence on a variety of questions regarding women and language, including women’s speech in English and other languages, sexist language, and the relationship between language and societal attitudes towards women. Prerequisites: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102.
LIN 4680 Modern English Grammar (3). Practical study of syntax. Prerequisites: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102.
LIN 4702 Applied Linguistics (3). Linguistics in the classroom. English as a second language. Stylistics. Dialects. Prerequisite: LIN 3013.
LIN 4801 Semantics (3). The study of the semantic structure of languages. The structures underlying the meanings of words and underlying syntactic structures. Prerequisites: Introductory course in Linguistics or permission of the instructor.
LIN 4905 Independent Study (VAR). This course is designed for students who wish to pursue specialized topics in advanced Linguistics: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, psycholinguistics, historical linguistics, or language contact. Prerequisites: Introductory course in Linguistics or permission of the instructor.
LIN 5211 Applied Phonetics (3). Study of sounds and suprasegmentals of English. Comparison of phonetic features of English with those of other languages. Universal constraints and markedness in learning second/foreign language pronunciation. Prerequisites: LIN 3010, LIN 3013, or LIN 5018 or the equivalent.

Graduate

LIN 5017 Cognitive Linguistics (3). Explores the nature of human reason and categorization as revealed by language. Examines the role of metaphor, imagination, and bodily experience in human thought processes. Prerequisites: LIN 3010, LIN 3013, LIN 5018 or the equivalent.
LIN 5018 Introduction to Linguistics (3). Introduction to linguistic theory and analysis, with special emphasis on the major components of languages and modern approaches to their analysis. (F)
LIN 5019 Metaphor, Language, and Literature (3). Examines nature of metaphor as a cognitive phenomenon; how we use metaphor to conceptualize basic physical and cultural notions; role of cognitive metaphor in literature. Prerequisites: LIN 3013 or LIN 5018.
LIN 5107 History of the English Language (3). Study of the development of the grammar and vocabulary represented in samples of the English language from the 8th century to modern times. Prerequisites: LIN 3010, LIN 3013, LIN 5018 or the equivalent. (F)
LIN 5108 Language Universals (3). Universal properties of language from two major perspectives: those of Typologists and of Universal Grammarians. A variety of linguistic structures and theoretical explanations are examined. Prerequisites: LIN 3013, or LIN 3010, or LIN 5018, or the equivalent.
LIN 5146 Historical and Comparative Linguistics (3). The study of linguistic methodology for determining historical and genetic relationships among languages. Diachronic syntax and its methodology will be included. The relevance of historical and comparative linguistics to similar processes found in language acquisition and to socio-linguistics will be studied. Prerequisite: LIN 5206.
LIN 5206 Phonetics (3). The study of the articulatory mechanisms used in producing speech sounds and of their acoustic properties. Ear training in the phonetic transcription of speech sounds used in the world’s languages. (F)
LIN 5207 Acoustic Phonetics (3). Introduction to principles of acoustic and instrumental phonetics, including the physics of speech sounds and use of the sound spectrograph and other instruments. Prerequisites: LIN 3010, LIN 3013, LIN 5018 or the equivalent, plus one additional course in phonetics or phonology. Co-requisite: One of the prerequisites may be counted as a co-requisite.
LIN 5211 Applied Phonetics (3). Study of sounds and suprasegmentals of English. Comparison of phonetic features of English with those of other languages. Universal constraints and markedness in learning second/foreign language pronunciation. Prerequisites: LIN 3010, LIN 3013, or LIN 5018 or the equivalent.
LIN 5431 Morphology (3). The study of linguistic methodology for determining the morphological and syntactic structures of languages. Distinct theoretical approaches to analysis will be emphasized. Recent developments in linguistics that bear on language-universal and language-specific aspects of morphology. Prerequisite: LIN 6323.
LIN 5501 English Syntax (3). This course will focus on syntactic analysis of English. Although the course itself is non-theoretical, it uses a variety of underlying theoretical approaches to train students in syntactic analysis. (F,S)
LIN 5574 Languages of the World (3). Introduces the student to the richness of human linguistic diversity while demonstrating concurrently the underlying universality of human language. Prerequisites: LIN 3010, LIN 3013, or LIN 5018 or the equivalent.
LIN 5601 Sociolinguistics (3). Principles and theories of linguistic variation with special attention to correspondences between social and linguistic variables. Prerequisites: LIN 3010, LIN 3013, LIN 5018 or the equivalent.
LIN 5603 Language Planning: Linguistic Minority Issues (3). Introduction to the field of language planning. Minority linguistic issues in developing and developed nations: official languages, endangered languages, and language as problem and/or resource. Prerequisites: LIN 3010, LIN 3013, LIN 5018 or the equivalent.
LIN 5604 Spanish in the United States (3). An examination of the sociolinguistic research into Spanish in the U.S.: varieties of Spanish, language attitudes, language contact and change, and aspects of language use. Prerequisites: LIN 3010, LIN 3013, LIN 5018 or the equivalent.
LIN 5613 Dialectology (3). The geography of language variation: linguistic geography, atlases, national and regional studies. Dialectology within a modern sociolinguistic framework; research approaches. Prerequisites: LIN 3010, LIN 3013, LIN 5018 or the equivalent.
LIN 5625 Studies in Bilingualism (3). Readings and analysis of bilingual programs and binational goals. Prerequisites: LIN 3010, LIN 3013, LIN 5018 or the equivalent.
LIN 5715 Language Acquisition (3). The study of the processes underlying normal first-language acquisition. The focus is on the development of the subsystems of language (i.e., the phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic subsystems) in the child’s growing command of his or her native language.
LIN 5720 Second Language Acquisition (3). Research, theories, and issues in second language acquisition. Topics include the Monitor Model, the role of the first language, motivation, age, individual differences, code-switching, and the environment; affective variables and attitudes.
LIN 5732 Speech Errors and Linguistic Knowledge (3). This course focuses on the nature of linguistic errors produced by speakers in their native languages. Students will read research on errors produced by adult native speakers of a language, on first-language errors of children, and on errors made by persons acquiring a second language.
LIN 5733 Methods of Teaching Accent Reduction (3). Theory and methods regarding the teaching of pronunciation to non-native speakers of a language. Hands-on practice in helping non-native speakers improve their pronunciation. Prerequisites: LIN 3010, LIN 3013, LIN 5018 or the equivalent.
LIN 5734 Teaching Linguistics (1). Introduces graduate students to pedagogical issues and strategies in the teaching of linguistics. Topics include textbook selection, writing syllabi, student assessment, and professional ethics. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
LIN 5748 Survey of Applied Linguistics (3). Application of linguistics to problems in many fields, such as literature, translation, criminal justice, speech pathology, computer science, communications, public policy, and language instruction. Prerequisites: LIN 3010 or LIN 3013 or LIN 5018 or the equivalent.
LIN 5760 Research Methods in Language Variation (3). Research in sociolinguistics, dialectology, bilingualism: problem definition, instrument design, data collection and analysis, including sampling techniques and statistical procedures. Prerequisites: LIN 5601, LIN 5625, LIN 5613 or other course in variation.
LIN 5825 Pragmatics (3). Study of the relationships between language form, meaning, and use. Special emphasis on speech act theory. Prerequisites: LIN 3010, LIN 3013, LIN 5018 or the equivalent.
LIN 5934 Special Topics in Linguistics (3). Content to be determined by instructor. May be repeated for credit when content changes. Prerequisites: LIN 3010, LIN 3013, or LIN 5018.
LIN 6323 Phonology (3). The study of phonological processes in languages and linguistic methodology for phonological analysis. Emphasis will be placed on recent theoretical questions concerning such issues as the abstractness of underlying forms, the naturalness of processes, and the relevance of markedness to a phonological description. Prerequisite: LIN 5206, Phonetics. (S)
LIN 6510 Syntax I (3). This course will expose students to the theoretical models on which much contemporary work in English grammar is based. Students will read works on selected topics such as structural linguistics, transformational grammar, and case grammar. Specific content may change from semester to semester. May be re-taken for credit when content changes. Prerequisites: LIN 3010, LIN 3013, LIN 5018 or the equivalent. (S)
LIN 6520 Syntax II (3). In-depth analysis of contemporary theories of syntax. May be repeated for credit with content changes. Prerequisite: LIN 6510. (F)
LIN 6562 Discourse Analysis (3). The study of the organization of language above the sentence level, such as conversational interactions and written texts. Prerequisites: LIN 3010, LIN 3013, LIN 5018 or the equivalent.
LIN 6572 Structure of a Non-Indo-European Language (3). An in-depth study of the structure of a non-Indo-European language. The particular language to be studied will be varied from semester to semester. Course may be repeated. Prerequisites: LIN 5018, LIN 5206, LIN 5222, and a course in syntax.
LIN 6602 Language Contact (3). A study of the language changes that occur when two or more languages come into contact with one another. The course will also examine the characteristics of the individuals and communities involved in such contact.
LIN 6706 Current Research Methods in Psycholinguistics (3). Review of current research in psycholinguistics, including adult production and comprehension, first and second language acquisition, and language disorders, Students conduct original research in one of these areas. Prerequisites: LIN 3010, LIN 3013, or LIN 5018 or the equivalent.
LIN 6805 Semantics (3). The study of linguistic semantics. Language-universal and language-specific properties of the semantic structure of words and sentences will be considered. Students will be exposed to a variety of approaches to the study of meaning. Prerequisites: Introductory course in Linguistics or permission of the instructor. (S)
LIN 6905 Independent Study (VAR). This course is designed for students who wish to pursue specialized topics in advanced Linguistics: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, psycholinguistics, historical linguistics, or language contact. Prerequisites: Introductory course in Linguistics or permission of the instructor.
LIN 6934 Special Topics in Linguistics (3). Content to be determined by students and instructor. (Approval of the Department required.)
LIN 6937 Seminar in Linguistics (3). Topics vary each semester. Prerequisite: A previous course in the same sub-area of Linguistics.
LIN 6971 Thesis (1-6). Prerequisite: Completion of all other requirements for the M.A. degree in Linguistics.