Courses in Language Sciences
Study language from a scientific approach
Understand language change
Practice methods in linguistic analysis
Learn about language structure
Introduction to phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and historical linguistics
ENGL 1504: Introduction to Linguistics
Next taught: Fall 2019 with Charlene Eska
Study social patterns of language variation
Look at language and region, social class, ethnicity, gender, and style
Learn features of different dialects
Critical assessment of social evaluations of dialects
Focus on American English
ENGL/PSYC 1524: Language and the Mind
Study how humans acquire, use, understand, and produce language
How do listeners categorize sounds, parse sentences, and access meaning
What do brain damage and speech errors can tell us about language
Engage in current debates about neo-Wharfianism and the bilingual advantage.
Examination of the acoustic attributes of vowels and consonants.
Learn how to describe and measure pronunciation differences!
Basic introduction to using computational software for data processing and visualization.
SPAN 2774: Minority Languages in the Spanish-Speaking Context
Next taught: Summer II 2019 with Aarnes Gudmestad
Examine language policies and practices with regard to minority languages across the Spanish-speaking world
Explore issues concerning linguistic rights, such as access to education, economic opportunities, and political status
Analyze the implications of restrictions on minority groups' linguistic rights
Discuss why some minority-language speakers have been more successful in their language conservation or revitalization efforts than others
Taught in English; no knowledge of Spanish needed
Exploration of differences — real and imagined — in the speech of men and women.
Examination of how language can reflect and reinforce gender inequality.
Linguistic phenomena covered: pitch, vocabulary, sound change, language ideologies, and discourse strategies and types.
Heavy focus on writing and research
ENGL/RLCL/SOC 3144: Language and Ethnicity in the United States
Next taught: Spring 2020 with Katie Carmichael
Study how racial and ethnic identity are expressed through the use of particular dialects or languages.
Investigate how language is related to issues of equality, social opportunity, and discrimination.
Topics include linguistic profiling, ethnic identity, and the role of languages other than English spoken in the U.S.
HUM/RLCL/COMM 3204: Multicultural Communication
Next taught: Fall 2019 with Komal Dillon
Exploration of communication in various cultural groups through the medium of performance.
Emphasis on understanding cultural differences and similarities in styles of communication, aesthetics, worldviews, and values.
ENGL/AINS 3304: The Languages of Native America
Introduction to the study of the indigenous languages of North America.
How is information coded into these languages?
Relationships between different indigenous languages of America
How is language used in aboriginal societies?
The maintenance and preservation of indigenous languages.
SPAN 3494: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
Examine linguistic properties of Spanish (e.g., phonetics/phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics)
Explore the relationship between the Spanish language and cultural practices
Connect issues in linguistics to second-language learning
Apply knowledge of linguistics to hands-on activities
Prerequisite: SPAN 3304
SPAN 3544: Spanish Phonetics and Phonolgy
Examine articulatory descriptions of Spanish vowels and consonants
Transcribe speech using the International Phonetic Alphabet
Compare the sound systems of Spanish and English
Explore phonetic variation that exists throughout the Spanish-speaking world
Prerequisite: SPAN 3304
ENGL 4004: Linguistic Discourse Analysis
Learn how to apply tools of linguistic analysis to texts and spoken interactions.
Explore multiple approaches to studying spoken and written discourse, including conversation analysis, critical discourse analysis, ethnography of communication, and interactional sociolinguistics.
Understand how speakers organize discourse and create meaning through interaction.
Receive training in broad and close transcription methods, identifying linguistic categories that apply at the discourse level, and recognizing the stylistic and linguistic differences between genres of talk.
NEUR 4044: Neuroscience Senior Seminar
Topic changes. Previous topics include:
Language and Communication Disorders.
ENGL 4054: History of the English Language
Investigate the development of the English language from its roots
Study the Indo-European language family through Old, Middle, and Early Modern English to contemporary dialects
Principles of language change will be studied in some depth and applied to English
Considerable class time will be devoted to doing historical analysis on linguistic data.
Investigate how syntax works with special attention to Modern English
Use the approach of generative linguistics
Subjects such as types of words, phrases, and clauses will be studied
How sentences can be structured for informational and pragmatic purposes
Considerable class time will be devoted to working with language data.
ENGL 4084: Research in the Language Sciences
Language Sciences Minor Capstone course
Complete your own research project
SPAN 4114: Topics in Spanish Linguistics
Explore a range of topics in Hispanic Linguistics (e.g. sociolinguistics, second-language acquisition, pragmatics, syntax, phonetics, phonology)
Fall 2017 topic: Bilingualism in the Spanish-Speaking World
Prerequisite: SPAN 3494 or SPAN 3544
PSYC 4134: Language Development
Learn about the acquisition of language during infancy and early toddlerhood
Concentration on the perception of language-relevant sounds and the production of effective communication
We will also cover topics having to do with variability in language learning as a function of culture, hearing status, and clinical impairment.
Examine the systematic organization of sounds in human languages based upon problem-based learning.
Analyse syllables and morae, articulatory features, timing of articulatory gestures, and phonological processes that lead to sound change.
Assessment of various theoretical and computational approaches to phonology including Articulatory Phonology, Prosodic Phonology, and Optimality Theory.
GER 4334: Special Topics in German Life, Literature, and Language
PSYC 4364: Bilingualism & Development
What is language acquisition like in bilingual children?
What factors promote successful language development in bilinguals?
What are the positive cognitive effects of bilingualism beyond language?
What is it like to be a bilingual adult?
Senior Seminar for Psychology majors.
ENGL 4974: Independent Study
ENGL 5064: Topics in Linguistics
Spring 2019: Codeswitching
Proper English: The history and implications of Standard English
Language and Place