Linguistics

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  • CAS LX 521: Morphology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 250; or consent of instructor.
    Morphology, the study of the internal structure and the shapes of words across languages, straddles the boundary between syntax and phonology. Introduction to major issues in the study of morphology, emphasizing links to other components of grammar. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS LX 522: Syntax I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 250; or consent of instructor.
    Part one of a two-semester sequence. Introduction to the logical structure and organization of language, and to generative theory. Application of principles of syntactic analysis to students' own and other languages through data-oriented problems from different language types. Carries humanities divisional studies credit in CAS.
  • CAS LX 523: Syntax II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 522; or equivalent; or consent of instructor.
    Part two of a two-semester sequence. Recent developments in syntax, including the principles and parameters framework of generative grammar (the Minimalist Program, Antisymmetry) and certain other generative approaches (including Optimality Theory). Introduction to current issues in the field and proposals from the current theoretical linguistics literature.
  • CAS LX 525: Prosody
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 510; or consent of instructor.
    Exploration of the melodic and rhythmic aspects of the languages of the world. Emphasis on theoretical and experimental approaches to cross-linguistic typology. Specific topics include syllables and syllable- weight, rhythm and speech timing; stress and metrics; tone and intonation.
  • CAS LX 533: The Structure of Creole Languages
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 250; or consent of instructor.
    Overview of pidginization and Creolization. Evolution, typology, and area characteristics of Creole languages. Role of contact languages and other linguistic substrata. Field and classroom research with Creole language speakers.
  • CAS LX 535: Historical and Comparative Linguistics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 250; or consent of instructor.
    Introduction to language change and the methodology of historical linguistic analysis, using data from a wide array of languages. Investigates genetic relatedness among languages, language comparison, historical reconstruction, and patterns and principles of change in phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. Carries humanities divisional studies credit in CAS.
  • CAS LX 540: Acquisition of Syntax
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 250; or consent of instructor.
    A general introduction to the study of first and second language acquisition within the framework of generative grammar, focused on the development of syntax. Topics include the development of syntactic structure, verb movement, finiteness, null subjects, binding, and questions.