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Courses - Fall 2019
LING
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LING200
Introductory Linguistics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
Credit only granted for: HESP120 or LING200.
Additional information: Does not count toward the Linguistics major and does not fulfill prerequisite requirements for all upper-level courses.
An exploration of the nature of human language, designed for non-majors. Introduction to the basic concepts and methodology of modern linguistic analysis (sound systems, word formation, sentence structure). Additional topics may include: semantics, pragmatics, social aspects of language, dialects, language change, acquisition, writing systems, typology, language universals, comparison with other communication systems, etc.
LING240
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO
GenEd: DSHU
Additional information: Required for Linguistics majors and recommended for students in related fields.
The study of language as a cognitive phenomenon. Focus on mastering the concepts and technical skills required for further courses in linguistics. Ways of representing people's knowledge of their native language, ways in which that knowledge is attained naturally by children, and how it is used in speaking and listening. Additional topics may include: animal communication, language and the brain, language and thought.
LING248
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Laboratory Research in Linguistics
Credits: 2 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg
LING272
Biophysics of Language
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNS, SCIS
Examines the nature of mental representation of language in the physiology of the mind/brain, how it evolved, how it emerges in learners' minds, and how it decays through injury and illness. Insights from linguistics, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, animal behavior, molecular biology, and biophysics are brought to bear on how an abstract systematic behavior can arise within an animal brain.
Restricted to students in Carillon Communities.
LING311
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: LING240.
Basic concepts, analytical techniques of generative syntax, relation to empirical limits imposed by viewing grammars as representations of a component of human mind. Aspects of current theories.
LING320
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in LING200.
Recommended: LING240.
Additional information: This course counts as a core course for the linguistics major. Only one of Ling320 or HESP403 can be used to count towards the Linguistics major.
Representations and models of acoustic and articulatory phonetics. Develops concepts and skills for description, measurement and scientific analysis of the sound systems of human languages, including various varieties of English.
LING321
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: LING240.
Properties of sound systems of human languages, basic concepts and analytical techniques of generative phonology. Empirical limits imposed by viewing grammars as cognitive representations. Physiological properties and phonological systems; articulatory phonetics and distinctive feature theory.
LING410
Grammar and Meaning
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; or LING311.
The basic notions of semantic theory: reference, quantification, scope relations, compositionality, thematic relations, tense and time, etc. The role these notions play in grammars of natural languages. Properties of logical form and relationship with syntax.
LING419B
Topics in Syntax; The Syntax of Silence
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: LING311

Exploration of syntactic constraints on two types of ellipsis in English : Sluicing and VP-ellipsis. Focus on theoretical questions about the existence of structure in the silence, requirements on identity with an antecedent, and why some kinds of ellipsis can repair island violations.
LING419W
Topics in Syntax; Wh-questions Around the World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: LING311

Ways that wh-questions can be asked in human languages. Current theories of the nature of dependencies, diagnostics for movement, conclusions about what kinds of syntactic dependencies UG makes available. Phenomena covered: wh-fronting, wh-in-situ, long wh-movement, partial wh-movement, wh-copying, island-insensitive resumption, island-sensitive resumption, echo-questions, and multi-sentence questions.
LING448
(Perm Req)
Advanced Laboratory Research in Linguistics
Credits: 2 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg
LING449B
Topics in Psycholinguistics; Acquisition of Unbounded Dependencies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: LING311

How children detect, represent and process unbounded dependencies (e.g., wh-movement); and how they acquire knowledge of constraints on these dependencies. Students will theories of adult syntax and processing to child language acquisition, and will learn appropriate experimental techniques for probing this knowledge in babies and young children.
LING499
(Perm Req)
Directed Studies in Linguistics
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
LING499C
(Perm Req)
Directed Studies in Linguistics; Teaching Assistantship
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Designed for students that will be teaching assistants for LING200.
LING499H
(Perm Req)
Directed Studies in Linguistics
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
LING610
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: LING312.
Intensive introduction to transformational syntax.
LING620
Phonological Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: LING322.
Topics in current phonological theory, as they relate to data from various languages. Segmental and prosodic analysis. Autosegmental theory, metrical theory, etc.
LING640
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Core graduate course in psycholinguistics, covering leading theoretical approaches and experimental methods in language acquisition, language processing, and neurolinguistics.
LING659M
LING660
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Semantics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permission of instructor.
Basic concepts and methods of contemporary semantic theory including basic set theory, elementary propositional and predicate calculus, the structure of predicates and propositions, quantification binding. Prepares students for study of more advanced topics in semantics.
Cross-listed with PHIL688T. Credit granted for LING660 or PHIL688T.
LING689
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
LING698
LING698T
Directed Study; Pedagogy for Linguistics
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Required for LING200 Teaching Assistants.
LING723
Computational Linguistics I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: CMSC421 or CMSC422; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department; or permission of instructor.
Cross-listed with: CMSC723, INST735.
Credit only granted for: CMSC723, LING723, or INST735.
Additional information: CMSC students may only receive PhD Comp. credit for CMSC723 or CMSC823, not both.
Fundamental methods in natural language processing. Topics include: finite-state methods, context-free and extended context-free models of syntax; parsing and semantics interpretation; n-gram and Hidden Markov models, part-of-speech tagging; natural language applications such as machine translation, automatic summarization, and question answering.
LING798
(Perm Req)
Research Papers in Linguistics
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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LING799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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LING848A
Seminar in Computational Linguistics; Computational Linguistics and the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
LING879D
LING888
LING889
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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LING896
Research Paper in Minor Area
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: LING888.
This course is designed to strengthen the students' ability to do research in a minor area of expertise, and to help them create a publishable piece. In addition, the course constitutes part of a set of requirements to advance to doctoral candidacy.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
LING898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
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LING899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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