2011-2012 Linguistics Courses

Fall 2011

AMST 2500 Language in the U.S.

Fall 2011

Ashley Williams 
MW 3:30-4:45

Contrary to popular belief, the U.S. is not (and never has been) linguistically homogenous: from dying and revitalized Native American languages to newly arrived immigrant languages, from regional and social dialect variation to innovation among adolescents and Hip Hop, the American language situation is diverse and changing. This course invites students to investigate this not-quite-melting-pot variety both through readings in current research and through small-scale field research. Topics covered in the course will include the origins and distinctions of American English, language controversies such as Ebonics and the English-Only movement, research in language attitudes and discrimination, topics in bilingualism and education, plus the latest studies in language issues involving different ethnicities, genders, sexualities, ages, and social classes. In this course we will pull material from a variety of sources (including films, literature, the media, and recent studies), and will employ a variety of approaches (linguistic, anthropological, sociological, historical, and more) as we investigate and debate what is uniquely “American” about the language situation in the United States. Fulfills the Second Writing Requirement.

 

ANTH 2400 Language and Culture

Fall 2011

Ashley Williams 
MW 1-1:50 + obligatory discussion section

A survey of topics having to do with the relationship between language, culture, and society. We will consider both how language is described and analyzed by linguists and how evidence from language can shed light on a variety of social, cultural, and cognitive phenomena. Topics include: nature of language, origins of language, how languages change, writing systems, use of linguistic evidence to make inferences about prehistory, the effects of linguistic categories on thought and behavior, regional and social variation in language, and cultural rules for communication. Satisfies the College Non-Western perspectives requirement.

 

ANTH 2420 Language and Gender

Fall 2011

Ellen Contini-Morava 
MW 11-11:50 + obligatory discussion section

In many societies, differences in pronunciation, vocabulary choice, and/or communicative style serve as social markers of gender identity and differentiation. We will compare gender differences in our own society with those in other societies including non-Western ones. Topics to be addressed include: the relation between gender difference and gender inequality (in scholarly discussion of language as well as in language itself); intersection of gender, race, and social class in language use; gender and non-verbal communication (including representations of gender in advertising and the media); issues of nature vs. nurture in explaining these differences. Requirements will include a paper based on fieldwork conducted jointly with a working group, an individual paper, participation in the required discussion section, and a take-home essay question exam focusing on the course readings and lectures.

 

ANTH 2557 Culture through Film: Language and Cinema 

Fall 2011

Daniel Lefkowitz 
MW 9-9:50 + obligatory discussion section

This course looks historically at speech and language in Hollywood movies, including the technological challenges and artistic theories and controversies attending the transition from silent to sound films. Focuses on the ways that gender, racial, ethnic, and national identities are constructed through the representation of speech, dialect, and accent. Introduces semiotics but requires no knowledge of linguistics or film studies.

 

ANTH 3450/7450 Native American Languages

Fall 2011

Eve Danziger 
MW 2-3:15

This course in an introduction to the native languages of the Americas and to the methods that linguists and anthropologists use to record and analyze them. It covers linguistic analysis and theory as a way into knowledge of languages very different from English and the frequently studied European languages. The methods of analysis learned should enable students to make intelligent use of linguistic materials on languages in other parts of the world as well. The best way to gain a genuine sense of the subject is to become familiar with one of the languages . Such familiarity will give more than acquaintance with that particular language. It will give insight into the nature of the data and problems of the field as a whole (i.e. the field of study of languages which have been, for their speakers, unwritten.) To achieve this purpose, the course is designed so that each student will be working on a different language for which adequate published materials are available. The major assignments involve that work. Pre-requisite: LNGS 3250/7010 or ANTH 7400. This course fulfills the Structure requirement for Linguistics.

 

ANTH 3480/7480 Language and Prehistory

Fall 2011

Eve Danziger 
MW 10-10:50 plus obligatory discussion section

This course covers the basic principles of diachronic linguistics - the study of how languages change over time - and discusses the uses of linguistic data in the reconstruction of prehistory. We will consider the use of linguistic evidence in tracing prehistoric population movements, in demonstrating contact among prehistoric groups, and in the reconstruction of daily life. To the extent that the literature permits, examples and case studies will be drawn from the Mayan language area of Central America, and will include discussion of the pre-Columbian Mayan writing system and its ongoing decipherment. This course fulfills the linguistics distribution requirement for Anthropology majors and for Cognitive Science majors. It also fulfills the Historical requirement for Linguistics.

 

ANTH 5420 Theories of Language

Fall 2011

Ellen Contini-Morava 
TR 12:30-1:45

We will survey a number of modern schools of linguistics, both American and European, trying to understand each approach in terms of its historical context, the goals it sets itself, the assumptions it makes about the nature of language, and the relation between theory and methodology. Grades will depend on: four or five written homework assignments that ask you to look at some data from a particular theoretical perspective; a take-home, open-book final exam; and evidence (from class discussion) that you have been doing the readings, which are an essential part of the course. Fulfills the Theory requirement for Linguistics.

 

ANTH 7541 Topics in Sociolinguistics: Methods of Analyzing Discourse

Fall 2011

Frank Bechter 
M 5-7:30

The close analysis of language use is a valuable tool in the critical study of sociocultural reproduction. What range of communicative media make fluent discourse possible? How do referential units cohere in speech and depend on cultural context? How do kinds of social interaction support one another in larger discursive "regimes"? In this seminar, we survey key microanalytical approaches to discourse and explore them through independent recordings, transcriptions and class presentations. Beyond examining established schools such as conversation analysis, pragmatics, interactional sociolinguistics, and the ethnography of communication, we also explore work on the interface of gesture and speech, and consider larger discursive structures. Class is based heavily on student-led discussion and student questions submitted each week. Grades will be based on participation, a midterm, and a final.

 

EDHS 8090 Language Disorders

Fall 2011

Filip Loncke 
TR 10-12:45 

A lecture-discussion and clinical study of language systems disorders, including morpho-syntax, semantics, and pragmatics in the early developmental population; includes etiology, evaluation, and treatment. There is an emphasis on factors that influence language acquisition and how they influence other cognitive and social factors. NOTE: This course is being taught during the second half of the semester only. It will start in mid-October.

 

LING 3400 Structure of English

Fall 2011

Robb McCollum 
MWF 9-9:50

This course provides students with a foundation in the grammar of the English language. Topics include the phonology, morphology, syntax, with a focus on structural analysis. Students will gain confidence in discussing the form, function, and usage of linguistic structures. These topics will also be related to the teaching and tutoring of English as a second language including error correction and feedback. Fulfills the Structure requirement for the Linguistics major.

 

LING 5100 ESL Teaching Practicum

Fall 2011

Robb McCollum 
TBA

Through this variable credit course, student gain experience teaching English language teaching and tutoring to international students, faculty, and staff at the University. The Linguistics instructor provides language training, and then LING 5100 students lead applied practice in small groups or one-on-one. This experience is an excellent introduction to teaching English as a second language as well as general language training. Students should contact the instructor prior to registration to discuss teaching and tutoring opportunities.

 

LNGS 3250/7010 Introduction to Linguistic Theory and Methodology

Fall 2011

Mark Elson
MWF 11-11:50 plus optional 1 credit discussion section

This course provides an introduction to language as a semiotic system and to the theoretical assumptions and methodology of linguistic analysis. Data from a variety of languages are considered.

 

PSYC 5310 Developmental Psycholinguistics

Fall 2011

John Bonvillian 
TR 9:30-10:45

Examination of current research findings and models of children’s language acquisition. In addition to studying typically developing children’s acquisition of spoken language skills, we will examine sign language acquisition in children with deaf parents. Special attention also will be given to the development of communication skills in children with autism and with intellectual disabilities.

 

SPAN 3000 Spanish Phonetics

Fall 2011

Joel Rini
TR 3-4:15 
Omar Velázquez-Mendoza 
MWF 1-1:50

Spanish Phonetics provides an introduction to the sound system of both Peninsular and Latin American Spanish. Class discussions focus on how the sounds of Spanish are produced from an articulatory point of view, and how these sounds are organized and represented in the linguistic competence of their speakers. When appropriate, comparisons will be made between Spanish and English or Spanish and other (Romance) languages. This course seeks to improve the students’ pronunciation. Course conducted in Spanish.

 

SPAN 4210 History of the Spanish Language II

Fall 2011

Omar Velázquez-Mendoza 
MWF 2-2:50

This course traces the historical evolution of the Spanish language from its origins as a spoken Latin variety to the present. Class discussions and presentations will be based on textual scrutiny of authentic documents coming from all periods of Spanish, with particular attention given to the writings composed during the Middle Ages. No formal prerequisites. Course conducted in Spanish.

 

SPAN 7220 History of the Spanish Language

Fall 2011

Joel Rini 
TR 12:30-1:45

This course is intended to provide the student with an introduction to the history of the Spanish language and to familiarize the student with the structure of Old Spanish in order to facilitate the reading of Old Spanish texts. The point of departure for class lectures and discussions will be selected texts, most of which come directly from the Spanish M.A. reading list. The grade will be based on several in-class exams.

 

Spring 2012

ANTH 2410 Sociolinguistics

Spring 2012

Ashley Williams
MW 11-11:50 + obligatory discussion section

This course introduces students to the field of sociolinguistics – a cross-disciplinary study of the relationship between language and society with influences from linguistics, sociology, psychology and linguistic anthropology. Sociolinguists seek ways to understand human social behaviors and organization, and the social life of language itself, by studying what people do with language and why. From the traditional variationist approach to language ideologies, from language change to language contact and multilingualism, we will cover scholarly research on language in social contexts from the level of the group (speech communities, communities of practice, social networks) to the individual (style & audience design, linguistic repertoire), through multiple methodologies for gathering linguistic and sociocultural data (quantitative sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, ethnography), and through different overlapping threads of sociolinguistic inquiry (gender, region, ethnicity & race, social class, attitudes, politeness). No background in linguistics or anthropology is required.

 

ANTH 2470/MEST 2470 Reflections of Exile

​Spring 2012

Daniel Lefkowitz
TR 12:30-1:45

Covers Jewish languages Yiddish, Judeo-Arabic, Ladino, and Hebrew from historical, linguistic, and literary perspectives. Explores the relations between communities and languages, the nature of diaspora, and the death and revival of languages. No prior knowledge of these languages is required.

 

NEW COURSE:
ANTH 3541-01 Language and Religion

​Spring 2012

Adam Harr
MWF 12-12:50

Communication with God, gods, spirits, and ancestors presents a number of practical linguistic difficulties. How can you communicate with beings that are not directly perceivable? How do you know their response? How should you show respect in speaking to them? People have responded to these questions in an astonishing variety of ways, from the ephemeral sound-streams of speaking in tongues to the enduring formalities of daily prayer in Classical Arabic. We will explore this variety by reading and discussing a range of ethnographies that deal specifically with people's ways of speaking of and to the numinous. Our goal will not only be to sample the complexity and variety of religious languages, but also to discover what their forms and underlying presuppositions might tell us about language's place in social life. Coursework will consist of reading, discussion, and several short writing assignments.

 

ANTH 5401 Linguistic Field Methods

​Spring 2012

Ellen Contini-Morava
T 5-7:30

In this course we will work with a native speaker of an "exotic" language (i.e., a language that is not commonly taught in the U.S., hence likely not to be familiar to any of the students in the class). We try to figure out the phonological and grammatical structure of the language based on data collected from the native speaker consultant in class. Attendance is therefore mandatory. Assignments include one paper on phonology, one on morphology, and one on syntax (the nature of the assignment may vary depending on the particular language being studied). Satisfies the Structure of a Language requirement for Linguistics.

 

ANTH 7400 Linguistic Anthropology

​Spring 2012

Daniel Lefkowitz
T 2-4:30

An advanced introduction to the study of language from an anthropological point of view. No prior coursework in linguistics is expected, but the course is aimed at graduate students who will use what they learn in their own anthropologically-oriented research. Topics include an introduction to such basic concepts in linguistic anthropology as language in world-view, the nature of symbolic meaning, language and nationalism, universals and particulars in language, language in history and prehistory, the ethnography of speaking, the nature of everyday conversation, and the study of poetic language. The course is required for all Anthropology graduate students. It also counts toward the Theory requirement for the M.A. in Linguistics.

 

ANTH 7541 Topics in Sociolinguistics: Ritual Language and the Idea of the Sincere

​Spring 2012

Eve Danziger
R 2-4:30

The ideal that speech should reflect the speaker’s inner world is a culturally particular one. It can be opposed to an ideal of ‘authenticity’ in which speakers strive to re-instantiate exact forms of speech and action without regard to individual inner states.  We review the literature relevant to this opposition, considering  the different emphases placed on mental content and on ritual form in various cultural ideologies and practices.  Prerequisite -- ANTH 7400 or permission of Instructor.

 

CLAS 3300/5300 Introduction to Indo-European Linguistics

​Spring 2012

Coulter George
MWF 12-12:50

Languages as superficially different as English, Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit in fact all developed from a single “proto-language,” called Proto-Indo-European. This course will explore the following questions: What was this proto-language like? How do we know what it was like? By what processes did it develop into the various daughter languages? How can we trace words as diverse as wit, idea, video, and Veda back to a common source? This course fulfills the Historical requirement for Linguistics.

 

EDHS 5020 Speech and Hearing Sciences

​Spring 2012

Filip Loncke
MW 10-12:45 
**only for the first half of the semester.  The final will be on Wednesday, March 14th

The course examines principal concepts and procedures for the study of physiologic, perceptual and acoustic aspects of voice, speech and hearing.

 

EDIS 8500 Discourse Analysis in Education

​Spring 2012

Amanda Kibler
T 9-11:45 AM

This course provides an introduction to discourse analysis theory and methodology as they relate to classrooms and other educational settings. Readings will provide an overview of discourse analysis approaches used in educational research, with a particular focus on micro-ethnographic and conversation-analytic approaches. Fieldwork and hands-on analysis of discourse will form a significant portion of the course.

 

ENLS 3030 History of the English Language

Spring 2012

Peter Baker
MWF 1-1:50

This course will introduce you to the history of the English language from several perspectives: we will be concerned with the language’s “internal history” (what actually happened to its sounds, grammar and vocabulary). But we will also study how and why languages change and, more specifically, the “external history” of English (the cultural and historical contexts that have produced change). The course begins with the Indo-European and Germanic background of English, and we will spend some time with the language as it developed in the British Isles. In the second half of the term we will study the development of American English: its divergence from British English, the development of regional, racial and ethnic varieties, and the emergence in the twentieth century of a national “standard.” At all times we will bear in mind that language is an aspect of social interaction, and when we study language change we are also studying social change.

 

ENMD 5050 Old Icelandic

​Spring 2012

Christine Schott
MWF 12-12:50

 

LING 5090 TESOL Theory and Practice

​Spring 2012

Instructor TBA
TR 12:30-1:45

This course provides an introduction to theories of second language acquisition (SLA), as well as methods and materials for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Students will be required to investigate current issues in the field of TESOL and SLA, and to apply their learning to language learning observations and volunteering tutoring experiences. Recommended pre-/co-requisite: LNGS 3250.

 

LING 5100 ESL Teaching Practicum

​Spring 2012

Instructor TBA
Meeting Time TBA

Through this 1.0 credit course, students can choose among a variety of language teaching opportunities. Interns can volunteer as ESL tutors in the UVA Writing Center, or they can gain experience teaching English language pronunciation to international students, faculty, and staff at the University in conjunction with ESL 905. The Linguistics instructor provides pronunciation training, and then LING 5100 students lead applied practice with small groups. Either internship experience is an excellent introduction to teaching English as a second language. Recommended pre-/co-requisite: LNGS 3250 and instructor permission.

 

LING 5569 Phonetics and Phonology

​Spring 2012

CANCELLED

 

LNGS 2240/7240 Southern American English

​Spring 2012

Mark Elson
MW 11-12  + obligatory discussion section

This course is an introduction to the English spoken in the southeastern part of the United States. We begin with a unit covering basic linguistic concepts, following which we spend several weeks discussing those aspects of sound structure, grammar, and lexicon which characterize southern English and distinguish it from the English of other areas in the United States. We conclude with a unit discussing the sociolinguistics of southern English (e.g., the attitude of southerners towards their own speech) and theories of its origin including its relationship to Black English. Interested graduate students should speak to the instructor.

 

LNGS 5000 Applied Linguistics for Teachers of Foreign Languages

​Spring 2012

Mark Elson
MW 8:30-9:50

This course considers basic linguistic concepts relating to sound, grammar, stylistics, and their application to the teaching of foreign languages as well as English as a second language. Its goal is to provide prospective teachers with background which will enable them to do research in the pedagogy and structure of their target languages, and to make informed decisions about how to undertake the development of communicative competence in their students.

 

PHIL 7520 Pragmatics

​Spring 2012

Mitchell Green
R 1-3:30

This seminar will investigate aspects of communication that fall outside of conventionalized, literal linguistic meaning.  Its focus will be on developments in the field over the last two decades.  Topics include new work in speech act theory, recent trends implicature (both conversational and conventional), expressive behavior, animal communication, nonverbal communication in ontogeny, irony, metaphor, and the pragmatic determination of what is said.

 

PSYC 4110 Psycholinguistics

​Spring 2012

Filip Loncke
TR 2-4:30

This course focuses on the psychological processes that underlie the acquisition and the use of language. There is an emphasis on the interaction between linguistic skills and other cognitive skills. The course also looks at flexibility of language and language use, and the influence of psycholinguistic processes on reading and writing, the social use of language, and language in other modalities.

 

PSYC 4111 Language Development and Disorders

​Spring 2012

John Bonvillian
TR 11-12:15

This course examines the development of language and communication skills from a variety of perspectives. In addition to studying the acquisition of spoken language in typically developing children, we will review the acquisition of spoken and signed languages in deaf children, children with autism, children with specific language impairment, and children with intellectual disabilities. We will also examine the acquisition of language-like communication skills in nonhuman primates. This course is not open to students who have taken PSYC 5310.

 

PSYC 4120 Psychology of Reading

​Spring 2012

Beverly Adams
T 3:30-6

For psychologists who study the psychology of reading, it sometimes amazes us that most literate people do not think much about the reading process. If you ask the typical person about how reading works, a typical response is that …it just does. I look at words on a page and then the sounds come out of my mouth. You might also hear… I do not know how I do it, but for as long as I can remember I could do it. Under certain circumstances, however, a deeper level of evaluation is forthcoming and people report that it is a very complicated process. Listening to someone who has some type of reading impairment, observing young children as they are learning to read, wondering about the meaning of a passage (Did the main character insult a minor character or was it the other way around?), debating the pronunciation of a word (greasy, Roanoke, Staunton, theater, insurance), or reading a passage in a second language, readers make evaluations/decisions during the reading process. The focus of this class, Psychology of Reading, is the study of the reading process; what happens when we process the squiggles on the page to meaningful information that we can use. This includes word processing, sentence processing, speed-reading, text comprehension, etc. All of this is related to how the brain works and how we think. We will read basic/historical information from texts, review recent psychological research articles, and consider some hands-on experiences related to the reading process. The Psychology of Reading course is an interesting mix of experimental & cognitive psychology and structural linguistics, as well as psychoneurology, phonetics, anthropology, sociology, education, and so on.

 

SPAN 4530 Second Language Acquisition

​Spring 2012

Emily Scida
TR 9:30-10:45

How do people learn a second language? How are first language acquisition and second language acquisition different? Why are some learners more successful than others in learning a second language? How does one measure “success” in second language acquisition? How do we define “competence”? I invite you to join me in the exploration of these and other exciting questions. Together we will discover the processes and mechanisms that drive language acquisition by studying how three different areas – linguistics, psychology, and sociocultural perspectives – have contributed to the major theories and ideas informing the field of Second Language Acquisition. Students will be assessed on their participation, reflective writing, 2 papers, presentation, and quizzes. Prerequisites: SPAN 3010, and SPAN 3000 or SPAN 3200 or another course in linguistics. Counts for major credit in Spanish and in Linguistics. Conducted in Spanish.

 

SPAN 3000 Phonetics

​Spring 2012

Joel Rini
MWF 3-3:50

Omar Velázquez-Mendoza
MWF 4:00-5:00

This course consists of an in-depth analysis of the phonological system of Spanish, including both Peninsular and American varieties. Of equal importance are the theoretical (phonological) and practical (phonetic) aspects of the course. The aim of the course, therefore, is to provide the student with an understanding of phonological theory, while putting the theory into practice to improve the student’s pronunciation. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 3010.

 

SPAN 3200 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

​Spring 2012

Omar Velázquez-Mendoza
MWF 3-3:50

This course offers a formal description of the Spanish language from the following angles of the linguistic discipline: language variation, change and acquisition; phonetics/phonology, morphology, and syntax. Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or equivalent. Counts for major credit in Spanish and in Linguistics. Counts for the Structure of a Language requirement in Linguistics.  Conducted in Spanish.

 

SPAN 4203 Structure of Spanish

​Spring 2012

Joel Rini
MWF 4-4:50

Seminar in Spanish linguistics. Taught in Spanish. Class fulfills Structure of a Language requirement for Linguistics. Students interested in taking the course for graduate credit should contact the instructor.