2013-2014 Linguistics Courses

Fall 2013

AMST 2500 Language in the US

Fall 2013

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 2013

Melissa Maceyko

MWF 9-9:50

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 linguistic data can shed light on a variety of social, cultural, and cognitive phenomena. The range of topics may include: nature of language, origins of language, how languages change, use of linguistic evidence to make inferences about prehistory, the effects of linguistic categories on thought and behavior, regional and social variation in language, language acquisition, and cultural rules for communication. Satisfies the non-Western perspectives requirement for the College.

 

ANTH 2420 Language and Gender

Fall 2013

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 2470/ MEST 2470 Reflections of Exile: Jewish Languages and their Communities

Fall 2013

Daniel Lefkowitz

MW 2-2:50 + obligatory discussion section

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.

 

ANTH 5420 Theories of Language

Fall 2013

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 the Linguistics BA and MA.

 

ANTH 5549 Topics in Theoretical Linguistics & Linguistic Anthropology: Endangered Languages

Fall 2013 Lise Dobrin

R 4-6:30

 

CLAS 3300/ CLAS 5300 Introduction to Indo-European Linguistics

Fall 2013

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?

 

EDIS 8500 Special Topics: English Language Learners: Theory, Policy, and Practice

Fall 2013

Amanda Kibler

M 3:30-6

 

LING 3400/ LING 7400 Structure of English

Fall 2013

Janay Crabtree

MW 9-9:50 + obligatory discussion section

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 BA and MA. 

 

LING 5101 ESL Teaching Practicum: Language

Fall 2013

Elizabeth Wittner and Janay Crabtree

Through this 1-credit course, students focus on the topic of language in an L2, while gaining experience in the practice of English-language teaching to international students, faculty, and staff at the University. This experience is an excellent opportunity to gain teaching experience under the supervision of an experienced mentor. For every 1 hour of credit, students must meet with an instructor for 5 classroom & practice 33 hours.

 

LING 5102 ESL Teaching Practicum: Culture

Fall 2013

Elizabeth Wittner and Janay Crabtree

Through this 1-credit course, students focus on the topic of culture in ESL, while gaining experience in the practice of English-language teaching to international students, faculty, and staff at the University. This experience is an excellent opportunity to gain teaching experience under the supervision of an experienced mentor. For every 1 hour of credit, students must meet with an instructor for 5 classroom & practice 33 hours.

 

LING 5103 ESL Teaching Practicum: Writing

Fall 2013

Janay Crabtree and Jane Boatner

Through this 1-credit course, students focus on the topic of writing in an L2, while gaining experience in the practice of English-language teaching to international students, faculty, and staff at the University. This experience is an excellent opportunity to gain teaching experience under the supervision of an experienced mentor. For every 1 hour of credit, students must meet with an instructor for 5 classroom & practice 33 hours.

 

LNGS 3250/ LNGS 7010 Introduction to Linguistic Theory and Analysis

Fall 2013

Mark Elson

MWF 11-11:50 + optional 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 2013

John Bonvillian

TR 11-12:15

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.

 

RUSS 5030 Advanced Russian I

Fall 2013

Mark Elson

MWF 9-9:50

A thorough review of Russian grammar. Prerequisite: RUSS 2010, 2020, and instructor permission.

 

SPAN 3000 Phonetics

Fall 2013

Omar Velzaquez Mendoza; Joel Rini

MWF 2-2:50; TR 2-3:15

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 3200 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

Fall 2013

Omar Velazquez Mendoza

MWF 1-1:50

Conducted in Spanish.

 

SPAN 7220 History of the Language

Fall 2013

Diana Ranson

TTh 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. Fulfills historical linguistics requirement for the M.A. program.

 

Spring 2014

AMST 2500 Language and New Media

Spring 2014

Ashley Williams
MW 3:30-4:45

In this course we investigate the interactional relationship between language and American society with a focus on New Media contexts. More specifically, we consider how language both shapes and is shaped by society in email, texting, Facebook, blogging, online gaming, YouTube, and more. Taking an interdisciplinary approach that draws from fields such an anthropology, linguistics, media & communication studies, psychology, and sociology, we turn our analytical and critical gaze to how social constructions (including race, gender, class, ideology, power, and youth) variably influence, are created by, and are realized in New Media genres.

 

ANTH 2400 Language and Culture

​Spring 2014

Ellen Contini-Morava
MW 11-11:50 + 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 2410 Sociolinguistics

​Spring 2014

Liliana Daskalova Perkowski
MW 9-9:50 + 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 2430 Languages of the World

​Spring 2014

Lise Dobrin
MW 10-10:50 + obligatory discussion section

This course introduces students to the diversity of human language and the principles of linguistic classification. How many languages are spoken in the world, and how are they related? What features do all languages share, and in what ways may they differ? In surveying the world's languages, we will focus on the structure and social situation of a set of representative languages for each geographic region covered. We will also discuss the global trend of shift from the use of minority languages to large languages of wider communication, and what this means for the future of human diversity. Course work includes problem sets, essays, and a final paper on the linguistic features and social situation of a minor language. Prerequisites: one year of a foreign language or permission of instructor.

 

ANTH 3450 / ANTH 7450 Native American Languages

​Spring 2014

Eve Danziger
MW 2-3:15

This course in an introduction to the native languages of the Americas. It serves as a way into knowledge of languages very different from English and the frequently studied European languages. The course covers the major grammatical structures found in the different language families of the Americas, and considers the sociolinguistic situation of Native American speakers in the U.S. and elsewhere. Students will become familiar with the structure of Mopan Maya, an indigenous language of Eastern Central America which is related to the Classic Mayan languages of antiquity, and belongs to a large family of modern Mayan languages spoken today by thousands of people in Belize, Mexico, and Guatemala. The methods of analysis should enable students to make intelligent use of linguistic materials on other languages, including those found in other parts of the world as well. Pre-requisite: LNGS 3250, LNGS 7010 or ANTH 7400. This course fulfills the Language Structure requirement for Linguistics majors and for Linguistics graduate students.

 

ANTH 3470 / ANTH 7470 Language and Culture in the Middle East (cross-listed with MEST)

​Spring 2014

Dan Lefkowitz
TR 9:30-10:45

Introduction to peoples, languages, cultures and histories of the Middle East. Focuses on Israel/Palestine as a microcosm of important social processes-such as colonialism, nationalism, religious fundamentalism, and modernization-that affect the region as a whole. Prerequisite: Previous course in anthropology, linguistics, or Middle East Studies; or permission of instructor.

 

ANTH 5401 Linguistic Field Methods

​Spring 2014

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). Fulfills the Structure of a Language requirement for Linguistics.

 

ANTH 5440 Morphology

​Spring 2014

Lise Dobrin
M 4-6:30

In this course we approach the study of morphology theoretically. The issues covered fall mainly into two broad groupings: those that relate word structure to phonology (e.g., allomorphy and word formation), and those that relate it to syntax (e.g., inflection, distinguishing compounds from phrases). Throughout the course we will be mindful of whether there exists a core set of phenomena having to do with word structure which motivates a distinct morphological component of grammar. Coursework involves biweekly problem sets and active participation in class problem solving and discussion. Some familiarity with linguistic analysis (such as LNGS 3250) is strongly recommended. Course fulfills the Theory requirement for Linguistics.

 

ANTH 5541 Topics in Linguistics: Bilingualism

​Spring 2014

Ashley Williams
TR 12:30-1:45

This course examines bilingualism from sociocultural, structural, and psychological perspectives, and considers the linguistic, ideological, and cognitive motivations and ramifications involved. Topics include societal and individual bilingualism, diglossia, language maintenance and shift, borrowing, code-switching, bilingual acquisition and education, and the bilingual brain. Prerequisites: An introductory course in Linguistics or permission of instructor.

 

ANTH 7400 Linguistic Anthropology

​Spring 2014

Dan Lefkowitz
TR 2-3:15

This is an advanced introduction to linguistic anthropology, a sub-field of anthropology that looks at language as a socio-cultural phenomenon and at society and culture as discursive phenomena. Linguistic anthropologists are interested both in how the study of language can help address issues of social structure and cultural change, and in how the study of social context can inform the description of linguistic systems. This course mirrors the field’s duality in that the readings, lectures, and practical exercises combine linguistic description and analysis with ethnographic interpretation. One goal of the course is to provide anthropology students with the ability to interpret language use as a social practice wherever they conduct research. The course fulfills the Linguistics requirement for students in the Anthropology graduate program. It also fulfills the Theory requirement for Linguistics.

 

EDHS 5020 Speech and Hearing Science

​Spring 2014

Filip Loncke 
W 3:30-6

This course examines principal concepts and procedures for the study of physiologic, perceptual and acoustic aspects of voice, speech and hearing. The course leads the student into the fascinating world of new applications in daily life, in business, and especially in education and clinical work.

 

FREN 3030 Phonetics: The Sounds of French

​Spring 2014

Gladys Saunders 
TR 11-12:15

FREN 3030 is an introductory course in French phonetics, intended to present basic concepts in phonetic theory and teach students techniques for improving their own pronunciation. It includes an examination of the physical characteristics of individual French sounds; the relationship between these sounds and their written representation (spelling); the rules governing the pronunciation of "standard French"; the most salient phonological features of selected French varieties; phonetic differences between French and English sounds; and much more. Practical exercises in 'ear-training' and 'phonetic transcription' (using IPA) are also essential elements in this dynamic course. Prerequisite: FREN 2020 (or equivalent). Taught in French.

 

FREN 4509 Seminar in French Linguistics: Le français dans tous les sens

​Spring 2014

Gladys Saunders 
TR 12:30-1:45

Taking as our point of departure the highly acclaimed and now classic work of French linguist, Henriette Walter (Le français dans tous les sens), we will explore in this seminar, with a linguist’s eye, varied aspects of the French language, including present trends (where is French going?), landmarks in the history of French (where did French come from and why is its evolution important to know?), the specificity and structures of French, regional varieties, dialects and patois, and the status of French and international diversity (French outside of France). Our aim will be to understand those features (whether historical, geographical, or structural -- mythical or real) which characterize the French language. Required readings will include the book by Walter, mentioned above, as well as materials from the internet (articles, audio and video clips). In-class discussions and lively debates will provide opportunities for students to practice their oral French, enrich their vocabulary, and enhance their level of intellectual curiosity. Students taking this course should feel comfortable speaking French in the classroom. Suggested prerequisites: FREN 3030 (or other linguistics course); FREN 3032 (or other reading course); and (most important) a real interest in the subject. Taught in French.

 

LING 5090 TESOL Theory and Practice

​Spring 2014

Janay Crabtree
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 3400. These courses are not required, but I think they should be recommended for students to have requisite background knowledge. Counts toward the TESOL Certificate.

 

LING 5101 ESL Teaching Practicum: Language

​Spring 2014

Jane Boatner, Janay Crabtree, Liz Wittner
Time TBA

Through this 1-credit course, students focus on the topic of language in an L2, while gaining experience in the practice of English-language teaching to international students, faculty, and staff at the University. This experience is an excellent opportunity to gain teaching experience under the supervision of an experienced mentor. For every 1 hour of credit, students must meet with an instructor for 5 classroom & practice 33 hours.

 

LING 5102 ESL Teaching Practicum: Culture

​Spring 2014

Jane Boatner, Janay Crabtree, Liz Wittner
Time TBA

Through this 1-credit course, students focus on the topic of culture in ESL, while gaining experience in the practice of English-language teaching to international students, faculty, and staff at the University. This experience is an excellent opportunity to gain teaching experience under the supervision of an experienced mentor. For every 1 hour of credit, students must meet with an instructor for 5 classroom & practice 33 hours.

 

LING 5103 ESL Teaching Practicum: Writing

​Spring 2014

Jane Boatner, Janay Crabtree, Liz Wittner
Time TBA

Through this 1-credit course, students focus on the topic of writing in an L2, while gaining experience in the practice of English-language teaching to international students, faculty, and staff at the University. This experience is an excellent opportunity to gain teaching experience under the supervision of an experienced mentor. For every 1 hour of credit, students must meet with an instructor for 5 classroom & practice 33 hours.

 

LNGS 2220 History and Structure of Black English

​Spring 2014

Mark Elson
MWF 11-11:50 + obligatory 1-credit discussion section

This course introduces students to language as a system and the theoretical underpinnings of the analytic procedures used by linguists. It proceeds from the assumption that the goal of language is to communicate (i.e., to convey meaning via messages), and investigates assumptions relating to the manner in which it accomplishes this goal.

 

LNGS 5000 Linguistic Principles for Teachers of Foreign Languages

​Spring 2014

Mark Elson
MW 8:30-9:50

This course aims to provide a basic understanding of linguistic systems, their structure, diversity and complexity, proceeding from the assumption that such knowledge is the underpinning of good language pedagogy (i.e., that good language pedagogy proceeds from knowledge of the nature of linguistic systems, making it possible for instructors to anticipate difficulties and thus plan the impartation of L2 structure in an informed manner). It also aims to develop the student's think critically about the goals and obligations of second language instruction at the college/university (as opposed to high school) level. Required for the University Certificate in TESOL. Prospective enrollees should note that this is not a course in methodology. Instructor Permission

 

MEST 3470 Language and Culture in the Middle East (cross-listed with ANTH)

​Spring 2014

Dan Lefkowitz
TR 9:30-10:45

Introduction to peoples, languages, cultures and histories of the Middle East. Focuses on Israel/Palestine as a microcosm of important social processes-such as colonialism, nationalism, religious fundamentalism, and modernization-that affect the region as a whole. Prerequisite: Previous course in anthropology, linguistics, or Middle East Studies; or permission of instructor.

 

PSYC 4110 Psycholinguistics

​Spring 2014

Filip Loncke
M 9-11:30

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 2014

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. Enrollment is limited to advanced undergraduates in Psychology, Linguistics, Cognitive Science, or Speech and Hearing Science.

 

PSYC 4120 Psychology of Reading

​Spring 2014

Beverly Adams
W 3:30-6

Analyzes the critical psychological experiments which have influenced the way that psychologists consider topics in reading, such as text comprehension, parsing, and sentence processing. Prerequisite: PSYC 1010 or 2150 or instructor permission. Enrollment is limited to advanced undergraduates in Psychology, Linguistics, Cognitive Science, or Speech and Hearing Science. Students may not simultaneously enroll in more than one 4000-level or 5000-level PSYC course.

 

SPAN 3000 Phonetics

​Spring 2014

Omar Velázquez-Mendoza MWF 11-11:50

Joel Rini TR 2-3:15

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 and non-Romance) languages. This course seeks to improve the students' pronunciation. Pre-requisite: SPAN 2020 or equivalent. Conducted in Spanish.

 

SPAN 4210 History of the Spanish Language II

​Spring 2014

Omar Velázquez-Mendoza
MWF 12-12:50

This course traces the historical development 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 High Middle Ages (8th-13th century). Prerequisite: SPAN 3200 or 3000. Conducted in Spanish.

 

SPAN 4530 Second Language Acquisition

​Spring 2014

Emily Scida
MW 2-3:15

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.