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LING200
Introductory Linguistics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS
Credit only granted for: HESP120 or LING200.
Additional information: This course serves as the prerequisite for further courses in linguistics.
An exploration of the nature of human language. Introduction to the basic concepts and methodology of modern linguistic analysis (sound systems, word formation, sentence structure). Examination of the factors that contribute to dialect differences and the social implications of language variation. Additional topics may include: semantics, pragmatics, language change, writing systems, typology, language universals, comparison with other communication systems.
LING240
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in LING200.
Additional information: Required for Linguistics majors and recommended for students in related fields.
The study of language as a cognitive phenomenon. 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
LING248T
Introduction to Laboratory Research in Linguistics
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
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 or 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.
LING350
Philosophy of Language
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: LING311; or 2 courses in PHIL and (PHIL170 or PHIL370); or permission of ARHU-Philosophy department.
Cross-listed with: PHIL360.
Credit only granted for: LING350 or PHIL360.
The nature and function of language and other forms of symbolism from a philosophical perspective.
LING419D
Topics in Syntax; MODALS AND CONDITIONALS
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisites: LING311.

Major current theories and debates on modals and conditionals, with a particular focus on the puzzles that arise when conditionals interact with modals.
LING440
Grammars and Cognition
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: LING321 and LING311.
Relationship between the structure, development and functioning of grammars and the structure, development and functioning of other mental systems. Interpretations of experimental and observational work on children's language, aphasia, speech production and comprehension.
LING448
(Perm Req)
Advanced Laboratory Research in Linguistics
Credits: 2 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg
LING449I
Topics in Psycholinguistics; Linguistics of Sign Languages
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: LING311 and LING321.

Investigation of various topics in sign language research, using data from multiple signed and spoken languages to illuminate the fundamental nature of human language and the extent/limits of how human languages can vary. Topics include phonology, morphology, and syntax, native acquisition of signed languages, bimodal bilingual acquisition and heritage signers, sentence processing and production. Students will also gain hands-on experience analyzing sign language data and designing experiments to test various hypotheses. No previous sign language experience required.
LING449V
Topics in Psycholinguistics; L2 SPEECH ACQUISITION
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisites: LING311 and LING321.

A survey of second language (L2) speech acquisition reviewing theories, empirical findings, practical applications and some pedagogical considerations.
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.
LING625
Morphology and the Lexicon
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
The structure of words and investigation of how word formation processes interact with other components of grammar.
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.
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
Natural Language Processing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CMSC422; and permission of CMNS-Computer Science department.
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.
Introduce fundamental concepts, techniques, and algorithms for the computational handling of natural language. Statistical and machine learning techniques, models, and algorithms that enable computers to deal with the ambiguity and implicit structure of human language. Approaches that focus on uncovering linguistic structure, such as syntactic or semantic parsing, as well as those that focus on manipulating text in useful ways, such as question answering or machine translation.
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: S-F
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LING829A
Seminar in Phonological Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
LING848P
Seminar in Computational Linguistics; Computing and the Brain
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
It is widely agreed that understanding the brain involves understanding its computations. What do we actually mean by computation? (Starting point: "computation" and "large language models" are not synonyms.) In this seminar we will get a foundation in what computation is, specifically in the context of what brains do; we will then delve into literature about two key features of the brain's computations, memory and prediction, with a focus on language. The last portion of the class will look at recent literature on these topics -- what questions are people asking, and what kinds of models are they proposing?
LING879A
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: S-F
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