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  • CAS LX 205: Origins of Writing
    This course is about the origin and development of Greek and Roman alphabets, presented against a panorama of many writing systems used across the globe. It has a considerable linguistic component supplemented by historical information about various languages and cultures. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Also offered as CAS CL 205.
  • CAS LX 245: Language and Mind
    Foundations of linguistics as a science, in relation to cognitive science, philosophy of language, and psychology, including a critical overview of the research program initiated by Noam Chomsky. Students read and discuss original works, and write short essays. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS LX 250: Introduction to Linguistics
    Properties that languages share and how languages differ with respect to structure (sound system, word formation, syntax), expression of meaning, acquisition, variation, and change; cultural and artistic uses of language; comparison of oral, written, and signed languages. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS LX 320: Language, Race, and Gender
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 250.
    Do women talk differently from men? How do race and ethnicity relate to the way people use language? This course examines these inter-related questions from the perspective of modern sociolinguistic theory, analyzing a range of languages and communities throughout the world.
  • CAS LX 401: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of Honors Committee.
  • CAS LX 402: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of Honors Committee.
  • CAS LX 406: The Linguistics of Contemporary English
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 250; or consent of instructor.
    Systematic introduction to the linguistic analysis of modern English (phonology, morphology, syntax) from the perspective of generative grammar. Other topics include: English and its West Germanic relatives, non-standard varieties and the development of standard English, varieties of World Englishes.
  • CAS LX 420: Spanish in the United States
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 250; AND one LS 300-level language course; or consent of instructor.
    An ethnographic survey and sociolinguistic analysis of Spanish as spoken in urban areas of the US. Focuses on issues of language and dialect content, language change, the fraught notion of 'heritage' speakers, and code-switching as a sociolinguistic phenomenon. Conducted in Spanish. Also offered as CAS LS 420.
  • CAS LX 491: Directed Study: Linguistics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of department and CAS Room 105.
    Application form available in department.
  • CAS LX 492: Directed Study: Linguistics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of department and CAS Room 105.
    Application form available in department.
  • CAS LX 500: Topics in Linguistics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 250; or consent of instructor.
    Three sections, each covering a different topic, are offered 2014/15. Students may register for more than one section of CAS LX 500 (with different topics) for credit. Topic for Fall 2014: Variation in English Dialects. Exploration of how dialects of English differ from each other, focusing on grammatical variation in the US, with occasional forays into British dialects. Students come to appreciate how linguists investigate grammatical diversity scientifically, revealing the complex structure of non-standard dialects. Topics for Spring 2015: Section A1. Melodies of English (and some other languages). (The prerequisite for this section is CAS LX 510 or consent of the instructor.) Exploration and analysis of English melodic patterns. Students transcribe and even gather prosodic data (intonation, grouping, and prominence), using computer software and the ToBI framework. Comparisons of the English intonational system to systems of other languages of the world. Section B1. "Having" and "Being" across Languages. Languages differ startlingly in how they express the apparently basic concepts of "possession" and "essence". Students explore this variety and its implications, addressing fundamental questions about linguistic relativism, language universals, and the relationship between structure and meaning.
  • CAS LX 501: Linguistic Field Methods
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 250; or consent of instructor.
    An in-depth investigation of the phonology, morphology, syntax, and discourse/pragmatics of an African or other non-Indo-European language. Weekly sessions with language consultant.
  • CAS LX 502: Semantics I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 250; or consent of instructor.
    Introduction to the study of linguistic meaning, with the goal of improving understanding of the ways in which native speakers produce and interpret language. Emphasis on the interaction of meaning with other components of grammar and cognitive systems. Carries humanities divisional studies credit in CAS.
  • CAS LX 503: Semantics II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 502; or consent of instructor.
    Systematic development of a semantic theory of natural language, using the tools of model-theoretic semantics. In-depth study of the relation between meaning and grammar, and the relation between meaning and context.
  • CAS LX 504: Topics in Pragmatics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 502; or consent of instructor.
    Covers the main areas of linguistic pragmatics, the study of language use and the relation between meaning and context. Study of pragmatic phenomena such as presuppositions, implicatures, anaphora, and focus, from the perspective of linguistic semantics.
  • CAS LX 507: The Sounds of Spanish
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 250; AND one LS 300-level language course; or consent of instructor.
    Introduction to Spanish phonetics and phonology. Covers articulatory, acoustic, and auditory phonetics, focusing on techniques for visualizing speech sounds. Examines the phonemic inventory and phonological organization of Spanish from several perspectives, including generative and articulatory phonology as well as sociolinguistics. Conducted in Spanish. Also offered as CAS LS 507.
  • CAS LX 508: The Structure of Spanish
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 250; AND one LS 300-level language course; or consent of instructor.
    Introduction to Spanish morphology and syntax. Explores the structure of Spanish words, phrases, and sentences from multiple perspectives with a focus on natural language data. Examines Generative, Usage- Based, and Lexical-Functional approaches to the analysis of grammatical structure. Conducted in Spanish. Also offered as CAS LS 508.
  • CAS LX 510: Phonetics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 250; or consent of instructor.
    Introduction to articulatory and acoustic phonetics. Investigation of the production and perception of the sounds of the world's languages. Development of practical skills, including IPA transcription, description of sound systems, and basic acoustic analysis. Focus on cross-linguistic typology. Carries humanities divisional studies credit in CAS.
  • CAS LX 513: Introduction to Phonology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 510; or equivalent; or consent of instructor.
    Introduction to phonological theory and analysis. Focus on major cross-linguistic patterns in phonological systems. Topics covered include distinctive feature analysis, phonological rules and constraints, phonological opacity, tone, syllables and syllable weight, metrical stress theory, and interactions with morphology and syntax.
  • CAS LX 515: Languages in Contact: The High Stakes of Grammatical Border-Crossing
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 250; or consent of instructor.
    Examines the mechanisms and outcomes of language contact by surveying cases around the globe from the past and present. Topics include lexical-borrowing, code-switching, pidgins and creoles, language death, and the emergence of entirely new language systems.