ANTH 2400 Language and Culture
MW 2:00-2:50 + obligatory discussion section
The ways in which humans use and evaluate language are deeply ingrained in who we are and how we see the world both individually and collectively. This course introduces students to the study of language, culture, and society. No prior knowledge is assumed—we will consider topics such as how linguists analyze language data, how anthropologists link language and thought, how language is performed and received, and how our identities are reflected in and altered by linguistic behavior. Come curious! Linguistics Elective. Satisfies the College Non-Western perspectives requirement. Fulfills Cognitive Science Linguistics Area requirement.
ANTH 2415 Language in Human Evolution
TR 3:00-3:50 + obligatory discussion section
Examines the evolution of our use and capacity for language along with the development of human ways of cooperating in engaged social interaction. Course integrates cognitive, neurological, sociocultural, and biological aspects of language in comparative perspective. How is the familiar shape of language today the result of evolutionary and developmental processes involving the form, function, meaning and use of signs and symbols in social ecologies? Linguistics Elective. Fulfills Cognitive Science Linguistics Area requirement.
ANTH 2430 Languages of the World
TR 5:00-5:50 + obilgatory discussion section
An introduction to the study of language relationships and linguistic structures. Topics covered the basic elements of grammatical description; genetic, areal, and typological relationships among languages; a survey of the world's major language groupings and the notable structures and grammatical categories they exhibit; and the issue of language endangerment. Linguistics Elective. Prerequisite: One year of a foreign language or permission of instructor. Fulfills Cognitive Science Linguistics Area requirement.
ANTH 2440 Language and Cinema
This course looks at how dialogue, speech, and language work in Hollywood movies. We will cover the artistic controversies, aesthetic theories, and technological challenges that attended the transition from silent to sound films as a backdrop to the main discussion of how gendered, racial, ethnic, and national identities were (and are now) constructed and reproduced through the representation of speech, dialect, and accent. The course provides an introduction to socio-linguistics and film semiotics but assumes no prior knowledge of either linguistics or film studies. Linguistics Elective.
ANTH 3541-001/7541-001 Topics in Linguistics: Mayan Languages
Approximately 25 different Mayan languages are spoken today across the territory of Guatemala, Belize, and southern Mexico. They are relatives and descendants of the celebrated Classic Maya language, known from its millennia-old hieroglyphic inscriptions. Today's Mayan languages are spoken thousands of Indigenous people in the region. This course offers an overview of the linguistic structures to be found among these different languages and addresses the sociolinguistic status of their speakers. Fulfills Linguistics Structure Requirement for majors/minors and graduate students.
ANTH 3541-002/7541-002 Topics in Linguistics: Readings in Creole Studies
Creole studies emerged as a distinct subfield of linguistics in the latter half of the 20th century. Since then, its ideas have been borrowed, notably, by anthropologists to analyze the increasing diversity and mixedness with which we are confronted in a globalizing world. But where did such ideas come from, and what are their (un)intended consequences? This course seeks to answer those questions. Linguistics Elective.
ANTH 5541 Topics in Linguistics: Lakota Language Structures
This course introduces students to a descriptive study and exploration of the structures and discourse patterns in the Lakota language and its related dialects and languages within the Indigenous cultural landscape of North America. Specifically, we focus on describing Lakota phonological, morphological, and syntactic structures/relations through examination of patterns in discourse, in both historical and modern narratives. Fulfills the Language Structure requirement for Linguistics majors/minors and graduate students.
ANTH 5549 Topics in Theoretical Linguistics and Linguistic Anthropology: Language Socialization
There is more involved in “learning a language” than acquiring knowledge of its grammatical structures; one also becomes an appropriate and skillful user of language as one is socialized, through communicative encounters with others, into becoming a competent member of a speech community. This course explores the topic of language socialization to reveal how language use at every level—from sound patterns to lexical choices to conversational routines—can contribute to learners’ understandings of what speech is and how it functions. At the same time, socializing encounters shape learners’ understandings of who they are and how they should act or feel, thereby serving as a locus for the transmission of culture. Readings will be drawn from diverse settings and regions of the world. Special attention will be given to language shift and other situations of social change and disjuncture. Course work will involve keeping up with the readings, participating in class discussion, and writing a paper on an individual topic of interest chosen in consultation with the instructor. Linguistics Elective.
ASL 4750 Contemporary Deaf Studies
This advanced seminar examines contemporary topics such as cultural versus pathological views of deaf people; the linguistics of American Sign Language; American deaf education; ASL poetry; Deaf visual art; controversies over reproduction and efforts to cure deafness; politics in the deaf community; deafness and other minority identities; interpreting and intercultural communication; and the international Deaf community. The class is taught in English with an interpreter; no prior knowledge of ASL or the Deaf community is required. Linguistics Elective.
CLAS 3350 Language and Literature of the Early Celts
This introduction to the Celtic inhabitants of Gaul and the British Isles interweaves two approaches, one linguistic, one literary. First, we will explore how the Celtic languages work, focusing on the basics of Old Irish—which includes such exotic features as initial mutations and conjugated prepositions—but also finishing off with some Middle Welsh. Second, we will compare writings about the Celts found in Ancient Greek and Latin authors with readings of Celtic literature in translation, notably Ireland’s closest equivalent to the Iliad, the Táin Bó Cúailnge, whose Achilles-like hero Cú Chulainn undergoes a monstrous transformation (called the “warp-spasm” by one translator) when he fights: “He sucked one eye so deep into his head that a wild crane couldn’t probe it onto his cheek out of the depths of his skull; the other eye fell out along his cheek.” Fulfills the Structure requirement for Linguistics majors and graduate students.
EDHS 4030 Speech and Hearing Science
The 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.
At the end of the course, the student will be able to (1) Explain the nature and propagation of sound in terms of its quantifiable parameters, types, and visual representations, (2) Describe the acoustics of vocal registers, vowels, consonants, and supra-segmentals in normal speech production, (3) Explain the psychoacoustics of normal auditory sensitivity and differential sensitivity, (4) Identify the acoustic cues sufficient and necessary for the perception of speech, and (5) Measure and determine acoustic characteristics as expression of gender, culture, and identity. Linguistics Elective.
LING 3090/5090 TESOL Theory and Method
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), particularly adult language learners. Students will be required to investigate current issues in the field of TESOL and SLA to then extend and apply the knowledge to language learning observations and/or volunteer tutoring experiences. Demonstration of mastery of teaching methodology will be through development of materials or a learning tool for language learners dictated by student goals and interests. Students will be required to present this tool or course material in class. Recommended pre-/co-requisite: LNGS 3250 & LING 3400. These courses are not required, but they are recommended for students to have requisite background knowledge. Counts three credits toward the TESOL Certificate. Linguistics Elective
LING 3101/5101 ESL Teaching Practicum: Language
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 3102/5102 ESL Teaching Practicum: Culture
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 3103/5103 ESL Teaching Practicum: Writing
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.
LING 4650/6650 Linguistic Typology
This is a course on the study of the similarities and variations observed between human languages. We will address such questions as: How do languages vary from each other? What are the limits to crosslinguistic variation? What factors motivate these limits? How do languages of the world group in terms of the grammatical features that they have in common? After an overview of the structural units used to encode meaning in language, we will explore variation in morphology, variation in syntax, and the relationship between variation in the two domains. Finally, we will briefly survey typological approaches to other phenomena, including phonology, lexical semantics, and language death. Fulfills the Theory requirement for Linguistics majors and graduate students.
LING 5409 Acoustic Phonetics
To acquire a good understanding of speech sounds, we must understand how speech sounds are produced, the physical nature of the sounds, and how the ear and brain work to recognize sounds as carriers of meaning distinguishing units in speech. In this course we investigate these processes by focusing on three broad questions: (1) How do we produce speech in communication? (2) How do we perceive speech in communication? and (3) How does the nature of these processes influence the sound patterns of languages in the world? In the process of doing so will also be learning experimental and analytical techniques that enable us to carefully investigate these (and other related) questions. Linguistics Elective.
LNGS 3260/7020 Introduction to Comparative-Historical Linguistics
An introduction to the nature and causation of variation in linguistic systems over time, with attention to the comparative and internal reconstruction of systems no longer attested but assumed to have existed. Prerequisite LNGS 3250/7010 or Instructor Permission. Fulfills the Historical requirement for Linguistics majors/minors and graduate students.
LNGS 5060 Syntax and Semantics
An introduction to the analysis of Syntax (Sentence Structure) in the United States by period, beginning with Bloomfieldian, followed by post-Bloomfieldian (including Tagmemics), and Early Generative, and ending with Universal Grammar. No Prerequisites, but LNGS 3250/7010 is recommended. Fulfills the Theory requirement for Lingusitics majors/minor and graduate students.
PHIL 2500 Survey on a Philosophical Topic: Philosophy of Language
It is easy to take for granted what humans can accomplish with language. With language use we can describe and better come to know about the world. We can express ourselves, share core values, and be better able to understand each other. Through language use we also do things and change things, including languages themselves. We define, argue, and translate from completely different languages. Accomplishments abound! In this course, we will revel in some of these accomplishments, and through close study of theories in the philosophy of language that seek to understand, analyze, and explain some of these accomplishments. Large-scale questions will include: how are we able to refer? What are the relationships between words/phrases and what they are able to mean when they are used? What roles do language users play in those relationships? More broadly, what is linguistic meaning? We will approach these and other questions with both theoretical interest and an eye to the practices we share of using language in the world. Linguistics Elective.
PSYC 4110 Psycholinguistics
This seminar 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. There will be a focus on learnability and teachability issues. Linguistics Elective
SPAN 3000 Phonetics
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 student’s pronunciation. Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or equivalent. Conducted in Spanish. Linguistics Elective.
SPAN 3000 Phonetics
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. Course seeks to improve the student's pronunciation. Conducted in Spanish. Linguistics Elective.
SPAN 3200 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
Lorena Albert Ferrando
An introduction to Hispanic Linguistics. Conducted in Spanish. Linguistics Elective.
SPAN 4200 History of the Language
This course traces the historical development of the Spanish language (mainly) from its origins as a spoken Latin variety to the present. Topics include: The relationship between language change and language variation; the Indo-European language family; Romanization of the Iberian Peninsula; Classical vs. 'Vulgar' Latin; Visigothic and Arab influence on the Spanish language; Latin and Medieval Spanish word order; Latin/Romance Diglossia during the High Middle Ages; Expressions of possession in Medieval Spanish; Direct object marking in Old Spanish; New World Spanish. No previous coursework in linguistics required. Conducted in Spanish. Fulfills Linguistics Historical Requirement for majors and minors.
SPAN 4530-02 Spanish vis-à-vis Other Romance Languages
Drawing on a comparative approach to language change, this course traces the primitive origins and historical development of the major linguistic changes that took place in the passage from Latin to Spanish and other Romance (i.e., Latin-derived) languages, mainly Portuguese, Italian, and French. Topics to be explored include: Expected and unexpected phonological changes in the neo-Latin language continuum; the role of analogy and ‘contamination’ in language change; etymological and non-etymological nasalization; the object + verb to verb + object shift; the prepositional direct object; expressions of possession; pronominal replacement and duplication of direct and indirect objects. Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 or equivalent AND SPAN 3000 or SPAN 3200 or any other linguistics course focusing on Spanish or on any other language. No prior knowledge of a Romance language besides Spanish needed. Conducted in Spanish. Linguistics Elective
SPAN 4530-002 Special Topics Seminar: Untaming Spanish: Language, Power, and Identity
Lorena Albert Ferrando
The goal of this course is to critically examine how language and systemic power relations are co-naturalized and how this linkage is constructed, manifested, and underpinned in our everyday language use and identity, as well as in our perception of other groups and speakers. We will focus on Spanish language environments (and in the US in particular) but the contents of the course are applicable to other languages and settings Conducted in Spanish. Linguistics Elective
ANTH 2400-02 Language and Culture
What is language and how do humans use it to create and interpret their social worlds? This course introduces students to the study of language as a cultural phenomenon by exploring linguistic structure and practices including writing, non-verbal communication, conversation, informal storytelling, and other forms of expression. Over the semester you will gain critical perspective on widely held ideas about what is natural and effective in language and communication; you will learn to more closely observe and analyze the subtle ways that meaning is being made all around you all the time; and you will be exposed to some of the fascinating variations in how language is used across cultures. Linguistics Elective
ANTH 2400-100 Language and Culture
TR 2-2:50 + obligatory discussion session
Introduces the interrelationships of linguistic, cultural, and social phenomena with emphasis on the importance of these interrelationships in interpreting human behavior. No prior knowledge of linguistics is required. Satisfies the College Non-Western perspectives requirement.
ANTH 2410 Sociolinguistics
Reviews key findings in the study of language variation. Explores the use of language to express identity and social difference. No background in linguistics is presupposed. Linguistics Elective.
ANTH 2430 Languages of the World
MW 10-10:50 + obligatory discussion session
An introduction to the study of language relationships and linguistic structures. Topics covered the basic elements of grammatical description; genetic, areal, and typological relationships among languages; a survey of the world's major language groupings and the notable structures and grammatical categories they exhibit; and the issue of language endangerment. Prerequisite: One year of a foreign language or permission of instructor. Linguistics Elective.
ANTH 2541 Topics in Linguistics: French Creole Language Structures
This course examines the similarities and differences in phonology, morphology, and syntax among those creole languages whose primary lexicon is derived from French. We will especially focus on Louisiana Creole. We also broach important theoretical debates concerning creoles as a linguistic type, the creole continuum, and the concept of de-creolization. Finally, we attempt to answer the perennial question: What is a creole? The answer is at least as much anthropological as it is linguistic. Familiarity with French, though not required, will be useful. Fulfills the Structure requirement for Linguistics majors and minors and counts as a Linguistics Area requirement for Cognitive Science majors.
ANTH 3541 Topics in Linguistics: Ritual Speech and Verbal Art
Bania Sinai Garcia Sanchez
This course focuses on ritual speech understanding as speech distinctively characteristic of ritual. These speeches center on different ceremonial events in distinct traditions. Some examples of these ritual speeches are weddings speeches, passage rituals, storytelling, etc. The goal of this course is to develop an understanding of Ritual Speech genres and that students will become familiar with the theoretical readings about linguistics and ethnography areas. Lingusitics Elective.
ANTH 5401 Linguistic Field Methods
Investigates the grammatical structure of non-European language on the basis of data collected in class from a native speaker. A different language is the focus of study each year. Fulfills the Structure requirement for Linguistics majors and minors
ANTH 5425 Language Contact
Considers how languages change as part of social systems and affected by historical processes. We will contrast language change through internal processes of drift and regular sound change with contact-induced language change involving multilingualism and code switching, language shift and lexical borrowing, the emergence of pidgin, creole, and intertwined languages, language endangerment, and computational tools for historical linguistics. Fulfills the Historical requirement for Linguistics majors/minors and graduate students.
ANTH 5440 Morphology
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. Fulfills the Theory requirement for Linguistics.
ASL 3450 Comparative Linguistics: ASL and English
Describes spoken English and ASL (American Sign Language) on five levels: phonological, morphological, lexical, syntactic, and discourse and compares/contrasts them using real-world examples. Describes major linguistic components and processes of English and ASL. Introduces basic theories regarding ASL structure. Emphasizes ASL's status as a natural language by comparing/contrasting similarities and unique differences between the two languages. Fulfills the Structure requirement for the Linguistics major.
EDHS 4300/LING 7300 Psycholinguistics & Communication
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. Topics include learnability, microgenesis of speech, bilingualism and variation, and a psycholinguistic approach to breakdowns (i.e., language pathology).
EDHS 4310 Exploring Linguistic Diversity
Students in this course will explore language variation within and between languages. The course will use the students’ personal experience and perceptions as a starting point to interpret and understand theories. The course will introduce central concepts such as language contact, language dominance, language policies, creolization, bilingualism, language diversification, language dispersal, dialect, idiolect, and sociolect. Most importantly the course will lead the students to identify and observe these dynamic linguistic forces in their own environment, in their communities, and in the wider world. The course will include a focus on policies that can influence linguistic variation.
EDIS 7842 Teaching ELLs: Theory, Policy & Practice
This course is designed to provide you with an overview to key issues related to the education of linguistic minorities (labeled "English Language Learners," or "ELLs") in K-12 settings in the United States. We will explore second language acquisition theory, language policy, pedagogical approaches, and the practices of ELLs and their teachers. Prerequisite: Curry Graduate
ENGL 3010 History of the English Language
TR 11:00am - 12:15pm
Studies the development of English word forms and vocabulary from Anglo-Saxon to present-day English. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.Studies the development of English word forms and vocabulary from Anglo-Saxon to present-day English. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENGL 5100 Introduction to Old English
Studies the language and literature of Anglo-Saxon England. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
LING 3101/5101 ESL Teaching Practicum: Language
Through this course, students focus on teaching oral English as another language, while gaining experience in the practice of English-language teaching to international students, faculty, and staff at the University. This 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 3102/5102 ESL Teaching Practicum: Culture
Through this course, students focus on culture in ESL, while gaining experience in the practice of English-language teaching to international students, faculty, and staff at the University. This 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 3103/5103 ESL Teaching Practicum: Writing
Through this 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.
LING 3400/7400 Structure of English
MW 1-1:50 + obligatory discussion section
In this community engaged course, UVA students work online with Virginia high school students while learning about descriptive grammar and methods of reasoning about linguistic structure. Students will analyze problem sets and data of world languages to compare and contrast to English language structures. This course covers units of sound and phonemic transcriptions, word building/morphology and inflectional forms, lexical categories, basic sentence types, common phrase and clause patterns, and syntactic transformations. In exploring structures, students (in groups) will take one aspect of English and research a question for a presentation geared toward VA high-school students who may never have heard about linguistics. These research explorations include structure of English phonology, morphology, and syntax, with a focus on structural analysis and use of evidence. Students must be available one Saturday in November to participate in a community-engaged activity with high school students as well as work in research groups and present as a group on that Saturday. This course fulfills the structure requirement for Linguistics majors and graduate students and the Ling 3400 requirement for the TESOL Certificate.
LING 3559/6559 New Course in Linguistics: Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics
This course looks closely and critically at theories that ask what kinds of categories words and constructions denote (semantics) and theories that ask how linguistic form is related to conversational context (pragmatics). Using elicited data and contextual/natural phrases and sentences, we will attempt to generalize about the cues and information that humans use to construct meaning as they speak. Course fulfills the Theory requirement for Linguistics.
LNGS 3250/7010 Introduction to Linguistic Theory and Analysis
Introduces sign systems, language as a sign system, and approaches to linguistics description. Emphasizes the application of descriptive techniques to data.
LNGS 3500/7500 Topics in Linguistics: Second Language Instruction and Learning
This course provides L2 instructors with background relating to the nature of Communicative Competence (i.e., the goal of L2 instruction) and its development in the L2 classroom, and in that context considers the role of the instructor, the role of native speakers, the relevance of linguistic principles, the relevance of contrastive analysis, and the difference between pedagogy and methodology.
SPAN 3000 Phonetics
An introduction to the sound system of both Peninsular & Latin Am Spanish. Class discussions focus on how the sounds of Spanish are produced from an articulatory point of view, and how these sounds are organized & represented in the linguistic competence of their speakers. When appropriate, comparisons will be made between Spanish & English or Spanish & other (Romance & non-Romance) languages. Course seeks to improve the student's pronunciation.
SPAN 4203 Structure of Spanish
This is an advanced introduction to the study of fundamental aspects of the sound and grammatical systems of the Spanish language. The course will start by analyzing present-day (syllable, word and phrase) structures of the language and it will progress toward a more detailed examination of some of the linguistic processes and changes involved in the development of those structures. Prior coursework in linguistics is expected. Pre-requisites: SPAN 3015 Phonetics and SPAN 3200 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics.
SPAN 4530-01 Understanding the Forms of Spanish
The students will carry out with the professor an in-depth analysis of the morphological system of Spanish from a historical perspective. Various areas of this linguistic system will receive special attention, with the purpose of offering the students a better understanding of why Spanish exhibits the forms of the language that it does. Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 and 3300, or departmental placement; instructor permission.