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Linguistics Courses (LING) College of Arts and Sciences


Subject Area Course # Course Title Semester Credit Hours Expand
LING 1301 An Introduction to Language Spring 3
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Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Claire Foley

Prerequisites: None

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LING 1302 Poetics Workshop Fall 1
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Instructor(s): Lawrence G. Jones

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

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LING 1303 Swedish Language Workshop Spring 3
Course Description

Specialized study, exercise work and critical readings in Swedish at various proficiency levels on a small-group basis. Consult with the instructor, in advance of registration, about qualifications. Usually this workshop requires some familiarity with German or with a Scandinavian language.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): M.J. Connolly

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

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Comments: For registration purposes this two-credit workshop is treated as a laboratory course.

LING 1304 Yiddish Language Workshop Fall 3
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LING 1305 German for Linguists Spring 3
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Schedule: Periodically

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LING 2306 Language, Society, and Communication Fall 3
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LING 2321 The Language of Liturgy Fall 3
Course Description

The application of structural techniques to an analysis of liturgical form both in the poetic-religious context of the language of worship and in the more broadly based systems of non-verbal symbolism (music, gesture, vestments, and appointments). Principal focus on Roman, Anglican, and Eastern Orthodox liturgies.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): M.J. Connolly

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: THEO1198 HONR4935

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LING 2327 Sounds of Language and Music Fall 3
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LING 2333 Woerter und Wendungen Spring 1
Course Description

The ways of words in German, their phonological and morphological structures, their syntactic behaviors, and how the scope of their meanings changes over time.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Michael Resler
MJ Connolly

Prerequisites: At least three semesters of German or equivalent strongly recommended.

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: GERM2333

Comments: Conducted principally in German

LING 2366 The Grammar of Numbers Fall 3
Course Description

An attempt to study the cultural history of mathematics in three overlapping ways: how numbers, number words and number symbols function in various languages and cultures; the elementary theory of numbers, including number oddities and mathematical recreations; number symbolism in religion, music, literature and other artistic and cultural institutions.
The course draws material and data from many non-Western cultures, including China, Japan, India, the Islamic world, Africa, the Andes, and North American Indian culture.


Instructor(s): M.J. Connolly
Robert Gross

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

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LING 2378 English: the Languages Fall 3
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LING 2379 Language and Ethnicity Spring 3
Course Description

An examination of how we use language to regulate power relations among social groups and of how individuals define personal identity through speech. Case studies include: the linguistic representation of social class membership, dialect geography, Native Americans and U.S. language policy, the Ebonics controversy, and arguments for and against maintaining public language standards. Emphasis on the status of language and ethnicity in the United States, viewed in cross-cultural perspective.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Margaret Thomas

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: SOCY2275 ENGL2123

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LING 2381 Linguistics and Communication Spring 3
Course Description

Language and its analogues as the principal envelope for communication; the enrichment of the study of communication through an awareness of the theoretical and practical tenets developed in linguistics, the science of language. Communication considered from the insights of classical philosophy (Aristotle and medieval philosophy), of communication theory (digital and analog codes, signal analysis, the physics of speech), and especially from modern linguistics, semiotics, and cognitive science. Language in advertising, writing systems, word and parable in religion, animal communications, and forensic linguistics. Intended primarily for undergraduate majors in Communication.


Instructor(s): M.J. Connolly

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

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LING 2382 Linguistic Cultures of the Near East Fall 2
Course Description

A typological review of the languages and language families of the Near or Middle East, both ancient and modern. Their scripts and alphabets, their sound systems and grammatical features, the sense of literary expression and the role of language in ethnic identity in the Near East.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): M J Connolly

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: NELC2064 ICSP2382

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LING 2383 The Christian East: Orientale lumen Spring 3
Course Description

The spirituality and traditions of Eastern Christianity across places and times.
The worlds of Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy, and the Catholic Eastern Churches in their doctrine and practice.
Liturgy and ritual; iconography and architecture; music, chant and hymnography; languages, social order, and ethnicity; history and the present.
With emphasis on Byzantine Greek, Syrian, and Slavonic usages and the Armenian church, but not neglecting the Nestorian churches and Coptic and Ethiopian Christianity.


Instructor(s): M.J. Connolly

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: NELC2065 CLAS2268 THEO1383

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LING 2384 Church Latin Fall 3
Course Description

A rapid yet thorough coverage of the grammar of Ecclesiastical Latin, with associated readings in liturgical, scriptural, devotional, doctrinal and procedural texts of the Roman Catholic Church. A look at underlying linguistic structures of Latin, ironing out seeming irregularities and aiding in vocabulary building. 
 For students with little or no background in Latin. Non-novices may also enroll for grammar review and for extensive text reading practice, with the expectation that they will also meet higher demands and serve to tutor beginners.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): M. J. Connolly

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: THEO2384 CLAS2384

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LING 2395 Introducing English Linguistics Fall 3
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LING 3101 General Linguistics Fall 3
Course Description

An introduction to the history and techniques of the scientific study of language in its structures and operations, including articulatory and acoustic phonology, morphological analysis, historical reconstruction, and syntactic models. This course provides an intensive introduction to the study of what languages are and how they operate. Exercises in the analysis of fragments from various languages supplement the theoretical lectures and readings.


Instructor(s): M.J. Connolly

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL3527

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LING 3102 Syntax and Semantics Spring 3
Course Description

An introduction to the concepts and operations of modern generative grammar and related models, as well as linguistic theories of meaning.


Instructor(s): Claire A. Foley
M.J. Connolly
Margaret Thomas

Prerequisites: LING3101. LING3101 or equivalent.

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL3392

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LING 3103 Language and Language Types Fall 3
Course Description

Researches the diversity of natural languages and the limits of that diversity. How are human languages similar, and how are they different? What factors control the attested range of cross-linguistic variation? Focus is on morphological and syntactic data, with some discussion of the genetic (historical) relationships among the world's languages and methodological problems facing modern linguistic typologies.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Margaret Thomas

Prerequisites: LING3101. LING3101/ENGL3527 (SL311/EN 527) and at least one other course in linguistics recommended.

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL2127

Comments: Undergraduate linguistics major elective.

LING 3104 Formalism and Functionalism in Linguistics Fall 3
Course Description

Analysis of two competing orientations in linguistic theory since 1900: formalism (emphasizing systematicity, autonomy, abstraction: American structuralism, varieties of generativism); versus functionalism (prioritizing the role communication imposes on language: Prague School, cognitive linguistics). Extensions into applied linguistics. Readings, lectures, discussion.


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): Margaret Thomas

Prerequisites: LING3101. LING3101/ENGL3527 General Linguistics and LING3102/ENGL3392 Syntax and Semantics.

Corequisites: None

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LING 3201 Old Church Slavonic Fall 3
Course Description

The origins and development of the Slavic languages, the linguistic structure of Old Church Slavonic and its relation to modern Slavic languages, illustrated through readings in Old Church Slavonic texts.


Instructor(s): M.J. Connolly

Prerequisites: Prior study of a Slavic language or of Greek highly recommended.

Corequisites: None

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LING 3202 Old Russian Fall 3
Course Description

An intensive study of the grammar and philology of Old Russian and early East Slavic. Readings in Russian secular and religious texts from the Kievan periods through the seventeenth century and Russian Church Slavonic as a liturgical language.


Instructor(s): M.J. Connolly

Prerequisites: Prior study of a Slavic language or of Greek highly recommended.

Corequisites: None

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LING 3203 Classical Armenian Spring 3
Course Description

A grammatical analysis of Armenian grabar, the classical literary language current from the fifth century. Sample readings will come from Classical Armenian scriptural, patristic, liturgical, and historical texts.


Schedule: tr

Instructor(s): M.J. Connolly

Prerequisites: Familiarity with an inflected language highly recommended.

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: NELC3651

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LING 3204 Sanskrit Spring 3
Course Description

The grammar of the classical language of India, supplemented through reading selections from the classical literature and an introductory study of comparative Indo-Iranian linguistics.


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): M.J. Connolly

Prerequisites: Familiarity with an inflected language highly recommended.

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: CLAS3332

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LING 3205 The History and Structure of Latin Fall 3
Course Description

An introduction to the phonological, morphological, and syntactic structures and history of Latin from the earliest inscriptions through the classical and medieval periods up to neo-Latin.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): M.J. Connolly

Prerequisites: Prior study of Latin.

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: CLAS2286

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LING 3206 Old Irish Spring 3
Course Description

A descriptive and historical examination of the linguistic features of Old Irish among the Celtic and Indo-European languages; the reading of Early Irish texts.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): M.J. Connolly

Prerequisites: Previous familiarity with an inflected language or with Modern Irish.

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL4512

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LING 3207 Old Persian and Avestan Fall 3
Course Description

The language of the Achemenid cuneiform inscriptions and the related earlier eastern dialect of the Zoroastrian Zend-Avesta.


Instructor(s): M.J. Connolly

Prerequisites: SL 311 General Linguistics and knowledge of an ancient inflected language.

Corequisites: None

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LING 3208 Early Slavic Linguistics and Texts Fall 3
Course Description

The phonological and grammatical properties of Early Slavic, exemplified and reinforced through readings in Old Church Slavonic and Old Russian texts.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): M.J. Connolly

Prerequisites: Prior study of an inflected language.

Corequisites: None

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LING 3233 The Structure and History of German Fall 3
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LING 3234 Gothic Spring 3
Course Description

How to read Gothic texts. The grammatical and linguistic features of Gothic, the earliest Germanic literary language (4th-6th century AD); the place of Gothic among the Germanic and Indo-European languages; the analysis of Gothic texts, 
beginning with an inductive reading from Ulfila’s Bible. Some previous study of linguistics or of an inflected language such as German or Latin will be helpful, although not necessary.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Rebecca A.B. Colleran

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: GERM3311

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LING 3251 Akkadian: Old Babylonian Spring 3
Course Description

Students will obtain a thorough introduction to Old Babylonian Akkadian, its graphic system, phonology, morphology and syntax. Text selections for primary consideration will include Hammurapi’s Laws and Enuma Elish (the Babylonian Epic of Creation).


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): David Vanderhooft

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: THEO5652 NELC4751

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LING 3302 The Indo-European Languages Spring 1
Course Description

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Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): M.J. Connolly

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

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LING 3322 The Structure of Modern Russian Fall 3
Course Description

A systematic review coverage of the phonology and grammar of Contemporary Standard Russian with attention to specific topics in the linguistic analysis of the language, especially phonological structure, accentuation, and morphological patterning. Open to upper-division students requiring a very intensive introduction to Russian, as well as to students in Linguistics or Slavic Studies looking to see what makes the language "tick."


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): M.J. Connolly

Prerequisites: Previous experience with an inflected language.

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: SLAV3151

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LING 3323 The Linguistic Structure of English Spring 3
Course Description

An analysis of the major features of contemporary English with some reference to earlier versions of the language, including sound system, grammar, structure and meanings of words, and properties of discourse.


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): Claire Foley
M.J. Connolly
Margaret Thomas

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL2121 EDUC6323

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LING 3324 Linguistic Structure of Modern Persian Spring 3
Course Description

An analysis of the major linguistic features of Modern Persian (Farsi): sound system, grammatical structure, syntax, and properties of discourse. Prior study of Farsi not required.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Hessam Dehghani

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: NELC3251

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LING 3325 Historical Linguistics Spring 3
Course Description

The phenomenon of language change and of languages, dialects, and linguistic affinities as examined through the methods of comparative linguistics and internal reconstruction.


Instructor(s): M.J. Connolly

Prerequisites: LING3101. Or equivalent, and familiarity with an inflected language.

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL3528

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LING 3326 Morphology Spring 3
Course Description

An introduction to the formal study of how various languages derive and inflect words, and of the different approaches which linguists can take to the analysis of word forms and inflectional paradigms.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Claire Foley

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

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LING 3327 The Linguistic Structure of Chinese Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

An analysis of the major features of modern Chinese with some reference to dialects and earlier versions of the language: sound system, grammar, structure and meanings of words, syntax, and properties of discourse.


Schedule: Periodically

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Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: EALC4153

Comments: Prior study of Chinese or Linguistics not required but recommended.

LING 3328 The Linguistic Structure of Arabic Spring 3
Course Description

An analysis of the major features of Modern Standard Arabic with some reference to vernacular dialects and earlier versions of the language: sound system, grammar, structure and meanings of words, syntax, and properties of discourse.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Abdelkrim Mouhib

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: NELC4153

Comments: Prior study of Arabic or Linguistics not required but recommended.

LING 3333 The Linguistic Structure of German Spring 3
Course Description

An analysis of the major features of modern German with some reference to earlier versions of the language: sound system, grammar, structure and meanings of words, and properties of discourse.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): M.J. Connolly

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: GERM3333

Comments: Prior study of German or Linguistics not required but recommended.

LING 3339 Semiotics and Structure Fall 3
Course Description

Theoretical and practical considerations for the use of modern semiotic and structural techniques in the analysis of paralinguistic systems, with particular emphasis on literature, art, religion, law, and music.

The basic elements of semiotic systems, using human language as the main model for system structure and relationships. Semiotic theory, as outlined by Eco, serves as the basis for a discussion of theoretical aspects, particularly the insights of C.S. Peirce and Roman Jakobson.


Instructor(s): Lawrence G. Jones
M.J. Connolly

Prerequisites: None

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LING 3351 Topics in Linguistic Theory Fall 3
Course Description

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Instructor(s): M.J. Connolly
Margaret Thomas

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

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LING 3355 Linguistics and Computing Fall 3
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Instructor(s): M.J. Connolly

Prerequisites: None

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LING 3356 Classics in Linguistics Fall 3
Course Description

Supervised readings, reports, and discussions on formative and important works in the development of linguistic thought from the ancient world up through modern linguistic controversies. Readings are chosen with partial consideration of students' research interests.


Instructor(s): M.J. Connolly
Margaret Thomas

Prerequisites: A course in General Linguistics and at least one additional Linguistics elective.

Corequisites: None

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LING 3358 The Linguistic Structure of Japanese Spring 3
Course Description

A linguistic outline of the Japanese language. The phonological and writing systems of Japanese and their origins, Japanese morphology, fundamentals of Japanese syntax, and characteristics of Japanese vocabulary.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Margaret Thomas

Prerequisites: Exposure to linguistics or to Japanese (but not necessarily to both).

Corequisites: None

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LING 3359 The Structure of Biblical Hebrew Fall 3
Course Description

A linguistic analysis of selected phonological and morphological structures in Biblical Hebrew with consideration of comparative Semitic data. Students need not know Hebrew but must have training in descriptive linguistics and preferably some experience with an ancient language such as Latin or Greek. An acquaintance with the Old Testament also provides a helpful background.


Instructor(s): M.J. Connolly

Prerequisites: With permission of the Instructor. SL 311 or equivalent; permission of instructor.

Corequisites: None

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LING 3360 The Teaching of English as a Foreign Language Fall 3
Course Description

An overview of the field of foreign language learning and teaching from a linguistic perspective with an emphasis on issues involved in teaching of English to non-native speakers. An examination of the relationship between views of the nature of language and different approaches to language teaching. Supervised experience in the teaching of English.


Instructor(s): Margaret Thomas

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

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LING 3361 Psycholinguistics Fall 3
Course Description

An exploration, from a linguistic perspective, of some classic issues at the interface of language and mind. Topics include the production, perception, and processing of speech; the organization of language in the human brain; the psychological reality of grammatical models; animal communication; the acquisition of language by both children and by adults; and the innateness hypothesis.


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): Margaret Thomas

Prerequisites: Some background in linguistics or psychology recommended.

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: PSYC3377

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LING 3362 Language in Society Fall 3
Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the study of language in its social context, including varieties of language associated with social class, ethnicity, locale, and age; bilingualism; pidgin and Creole languages; proposals about the relationship of language, thought, and culture; and the structure and role of discourse in different cultures. Sociolinguistic issues of contemporary interest, including language and gender, language planning, and language and public policy will be studied.


Instructor(s): Margaret Thomas

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL2122 SOCY3362

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LING 3363 Urban Dialectology Spring 3
Course Description

A sociolinguistic in-depth and hands-on exploration of language variation in modern cities with an examination of the relationship between language and society in urban areas, and with specific regard to language variation associated with social factors such as socio-economic class and ethnicity, focusing particularly on Boston, but with reference to cities worldwide. A reading of the “classics” of sociolinguistics and building a foundation in sociolinguistic research methodology. As a major component of this course, students design and carry out a research project based on fieldwork in the local Boston speech community


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Bryan Fleming

Prerequisites: LING3101. LING3101.

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: SOCY5567

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LING 3369 Functional Linguistics and Literary Texts Fall 3
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LING 3370 Anthropological Linguistics Spring 3
Course Description

The study of language variation and use in relation to human cultural patterns and beliefs using anthropological and lingistic insights. Primitive languages and the superiority of other languages; language typologies; the magic of language, tabu, and naming; language and identity, language and reality, language and thought.


Instructor(s): Victor Manfredi

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

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LING 3371 Cognitive Science: Language Fall 3
Course Description

An overview of topics that reveal the rich system of human knowledge involved in the use and acquisition of language: Syntax and semantics, phonology and speech, the acquisition and processing of language, and related philosophical issues.


Instructor(s): M.J. Connolly
Margaret Thomas

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

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Comments: Offered On An Occasional Basis

LING 3372 Cognitive Science: Perception and Action Fall 3
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LING 3373 Cognitive Science: Thinking Fall 3
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LING 3376 Studies in Words Spring 3
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Cross listed with: CLAS3376

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LING 3377 Linguistic Analysis and Field Methods Spring 3
Course Description

Analysis of a little-studied language through direct interaction with a native speaker: techniques for eliciting, transcribing, and interpreting linguistic data, some going back to the beginnings of Western language science, others employing modern technology. Individually and in small groups, students analyze the sound patterns, words, syntax, and pragmatics of the target language, with some attention to cultural and ethnographic matters. The course also addresses ethical issues involved in archiving linguistic materials, and the debate about language rights. The identity of the target language varies from year to year (e.g. Austronesian, Dravidian, Vietnamese, Quechua).


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Margaret Thomas

Prerequisites: LING3101. And at least one additional linguistics course.

Corequisites: None

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Comments: Course restricted to upper-level Linguists majors/minors and graduate students.
Seminar-style teaching method alternating with lectures.

LING 3378 Second Language Acquisition Spring 3
Course Description

An introduction to what it means to learn, and know, a second or foreign language. The course focuses on research carried out since the development of the "interlanguage hypothesis", addressing in particular the role of the learner's native language; debate about the role of input and interaction; research on the social and psychological factors that bear on second language learning. Emphasis is on the acquisition of second-language morphology, grammar, and vocabulary by adults, with some treatment of child language acquisition.


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): Claire Foley
Margaret Thomas

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: RLRL4495

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LING 3379 Optimality Theory in Linguistics Fall 3
Course Description

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LING 3380 Topics in Syntax Spring 3
Course Description

An exploration of key topics, including agreement systems and clausal embedding, in the syntax of seemingly disparate languages and language groups such as Celtic, Icelandic, Belfast English, and Chinese.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Claire Foley

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

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LING 3383 Sound & Form: Morphophonology Spring 3
Course Description

For students who have already studied some general linguistics, this course offers a look, through examples from various languages and through a consideration of available analytic techniques, at operations in phonology that occur in morphological/inflectional context. Also, as time allows, excursions into phonosyntax.


Instructor(s): M.J. Connolly

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

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LING 3388 Senior Honors Project Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Supervised preparation of a senior paper for Honors Program students or for students working toward departmental honors.


Instructor(s): M.J. Connolly
Margaret Thomas
Rebecca A.B. Colleran

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

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Comments: May be repeated for credit.

LING 3389 Advanced Topics Workshop Fall 1, 2 or 3
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LING 4202 Studies in Sanskrit Texts Fall 3
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LING 4203 Ancient Hebrew & Related Inscriptions Spring 3
Course Description

This course introduces students to the corpus of ancient Hebrew Inscriptions of the Iron Age and to several inscriptions from closely related languages, including Moabite. Students will study paleography, the historical grammar of Hebrew, the relationship of Hebrew to other closely related languages, and new photographic technologies for reading inscriptions. These inscriptions will also offer a perspective on the religious experience and ideas of ancient communities.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): David Vanderhooft

Prerequisites: Intermediate Hebrew I or equivalent.

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: THEO7003 NELC4251

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LING 4251 Akkadian Fall 3
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LING 4252 Sumerian Fall 3
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LING 4321 Seminar: The Language of Liturgy Fall 3
Course Description

The application of structural techniques to an analysis of liturgical form both in the poetic-religious context of the language of worship and in the more broadly based systems of non-verbal symbolism (music, gesture, vestments, and appointments). Principal focus on Roman, Anglican, and Eastern Orthodox liturgies.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): M.J. Connolly

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: HONR4935 THEO1198

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LING 4325 Methods and Problems in Historical Linguistics Spring 3
Course Description

A review of some ways in which languages change over time: sound change, semantic shift, typological change (e.g. loss of V2 in English), grammaticalization, Jespersen's cycle. Pros and cons of various models of language relationship; phonological reconstruction (proto-Indo-European); the traces left by different kinds of language contact (borrowing); discerning the traces left by 'genetic' inheritance; earlier methods and their reception in the wider linguistics community (Swadesh lists, lexicostatistics, Greenberg typology, Faarlund & Emonds).


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Rebecca A.B. Colleran

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

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LING 4327 The Art and Craft of Literary Translation: A Seminar Spring 3
Course Description

Literary translation as an art. Discussion of the history and theory of literary translation in the West and in Russia, but mainly practice in translating poetry or artistic prose from Germanic, Romance, Slavic, or Classical Languages, into English.
Conducted entirely in English as a workshop.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Maxim D. Shrayer

Prerequisites: Knowledge of a Classical, Germanic, Romance or Slavic language beyond the intermediate level.

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: RLRL8899 SLAV4061 ENGL6675

Comments: Permission of instructor required for undergraduates and for languages beyond those in the course description.

LING 4328 Hacking the Humanities: Programming and Analysis for Literary and Historical Studies Fall 3
Course Description

This course will introduce humanities students to a variety of digital research methods. Students will learn the basics of Python programming for literary and historical studies, encounter a number of tools widely used by digital humanists (such as MALLET, Gephi, and GIS programs), and engage with theoretical works that underpin the field. While we will encounter open questions and the epistemological justification for digital research, this class is primarily a methods one. After completing this course, students will be able build or apply digital tools in their own research. Designed for graduate students/upper-level undergraduates. No programming or command-line experience required.


Schedule: Periodically

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Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: HIST4899 RLRL3310 ENGL4899

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LING 4329 Research Methods in Linguistics Spring 1 or 3
Course Description

Methods for designing experiments and research questions and looking at the very different kinds of research approaches possible in linguistics: Qualitative vs. quantitative research; language attitudes; experiment design; questionnaires and working with informants; p-values and statistical checks; statistical modelling (Bayes, VARBRUL, etc.); corpus linguistics (WordSmith, AntConc, etc.); phylogenetic modelling, and handling ‘big data’.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Rebecca A.B. Colleran

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

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LING 4330 Foreign Language Pedagogy Fall 3
Course Description

An introduction to foreign-language pedagogy and its basis in the theory of second-language acquisition, linguistic analysis, and psycholinguistic research. A discussion of language teaching and methods within the framework of those fields.
The course offers reviews of the principal literature on second-language acquisition and linguistic theory but focuses on their practical application in the classroom.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Mariela Dakova

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: EDUC6303 RLRL5597

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LING 4331 Phonology Spring 3
Course Description

The description and functioning of sounds in language: articulatory, acoustic, and auditory phonetics; the notion of the phoneme and archiphoneme; suprasegmentals; syllabicity; natural classes and distinctive features; phonological processes, rules, and representations; lexical and autosegmental phonology; phonology and universal grammar. All examined from the theoretical approach of the Prague School (Trubetzkoy, Jakobson), American structuralism, and generative grammar (beginning with Chomsky and Halle), but with consideration of phonology in cognitive and functional linguistic approaches.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): M J Connolly

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

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LING 4332 Sound and Form: Morphophonology Spring 3
Course Description


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

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LING 4333 Morphological Analysis Spring 3
Course Description


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

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LING 4372 Comparative Development of the Romance Languages Fall 3
Course Description

How many Romance languages are there? You may be surprised! What constitutes a Romance language? And why are they called "Romance" languages? In addition to answering these and many other questions, we will examine in considerable detail the linguistic development and structure of Spanish, French and Italian, and acquire more limited familiarity with other Romance languages. The focus of the course will be on their historical development from Latin. This course may be taken for either graduate or undergraduate credit.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Laurie Shepard

Prerequisites: Advanced knowledge of at least one Romance language or Latin, or a strong background in Linguistics.

Corequisites: None

Cross listed with: RLRL5572

Comments: Conducted in English

LING 4390 Advanced Tutorial: Linguistics Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

A course of directed study on topics in linguistics intended solely for students who have exhausted present course offerings or are doing thesis work on advanced topics.

The precise subject matter is determined by arrangement and need.


Instructor(s): M.J. Connolly
Margaret Thomas
Lawrence G. Jones
Cynthia Simmons

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

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Comments: May be repeated for credit.

LING 4391 AB Comprehensive: Linguistics Fall/Spring 1
Course Description

Individually-designed independent research under faculty supervision. Taken in Fall or Spring of the senior year.


Instructor(s): Margaret Thomas
Michael Connolly

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

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Comments: Required for Honors candidates in Linguistics

LING 4399 Senior Honors Project: Linguistics Fall/Spring 3 or 6
Course Description


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): M J Connolly
Margaret Thomas

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

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LING 7390 Linguistics: Reading and Research Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

A high-level course of directed research on a topic in General or Historical Linguistics intended solely for graduate and honors students who have exhausted present course offerings.

The precise subject matter is determined by the student's approved research program.


Instructor(s): Lawrence G. Jones
M.J. Connolly
Margaret Thomas
Cynthia Simmons

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

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Comments: May be repeated for credit

LING 8888 Interim Study Fall/Spring 0
Course Description

TBD


Instructor(s): The Department

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

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