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  • CAS LX 373: The Structure of French: Phonology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one CAS LF 300-level course and CAS LX 250 or equivalent; or consent of instructor.
    The sound system of standard French and dialect variation in France, Canada, and other Francophone regions. Questions about mental representation of linguistic information, processes of word formation, and language variation and change. Students discover linguistic regularities through frequent problem sets. Conducted in French. Also offered as CAS LF 503 and GRS LX 673.
  • CAS LX 374: The Structure of French: Syntax
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one CAS LF 300-level course and CAS LX 250 or equivalent; or consent of instructor.
    Exploration of French syntax with comparisons to Quebecois, English, and other languages. Topics include the position of the verb, pronoun status, questions, relative clauses, imperatives, negation, causatives, and left/right dislocation. Students discover structural properties through frequent problem sets. Conducted in French. Also offered as CAS LF 502 and GRS LX 674.
  • CAS LX 383: 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 and GRS LX 683. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS LX 507.
  • CAS LX 390: Topics in Linguistics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 250; or consent of instructor.
    Topics vary by semester. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Topic for Fall 2017: Natural Language Processing and Computational Linguistics. Introduction to computational techniques to explore linguistic models and test empirical claims. Serves as an introduction to programming, algorithms, and data structures, focused on modern applications to NLP. Topics include tagging and classification, parsing models, meaning representation, and information extraction. Also offered as GRS LX 690.
  • CAS LX 391: Linguistic Field Methods
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 250; or consent of instructor.
    An in-depth investigation of the phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and lexicon of an African or other non-Indo-European language. Weekly sessions with language consultant. Also offered as GRS LX 691. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS LX 501.
  • CAS LX 403: Phonological Analysis
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 301 (formerly CAS LX 510), or consent of instructor.
    Survey of phonological theory and analysis, with focus on cross-linguistic typology of phonological systems. Phonological reasoning and argumentation skills are developed. Empirical coverage includes contrast, distinctive features, rules and constraints, opacity, tone, syllabification, stress, and interactions with morphology and syntax. Also offered as GRS LX 703. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course entitled "Introduction to Phonology" that was previously numbered CAS LX 513.
  • CAS LX 405: Prosody
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 301 (formerly 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. Also offered as GRS LX 705. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS LX 525.
  • CAS LX 422: Intermediate Syntax: Modeling Syntactic Knowledge
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 321 (formerly CAS LX 522), or consent of instructor.
    Using linguistic data drawn from a wide variety of languages, students develop a precise model of syntactic knowledge through evaluation of hypotheses and arguments. Exploration of major discoveries and phenomena from the linguistic literature. Also offered as GRS LX 722.
  • CAS LX 423: Advanced Syntax: Issues in Modern Syntactic Theory
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 422; or consent of instructor.
    Exploration of advanced topics in syntax, chosen in part based on student interest, through reading and critical discussion of both foundational and recent literature. Also offered as GRS LX 723. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course entitled "Syntax II" that was previously numbered CAS LX 523.
  • CAS LX 432: Intermediate Semantics: The Grammatical Construction of Meaning
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 331 (formerly CAS LX 502).
    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. Also offered as GRS LX 732. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course entitled "Semantics II" that was previously numbered CAS LX 503.
  • CAS LX 433: Intermediate Pragmatics: Meaning in Context
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 331 (formerly 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. Also offered as GRS LX 733. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course entitled "Topics in Pragmatics" that was previously numbered CAS LX 504.
  • CAS LX 453: Acquisition of Phonology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 301.
    Surveys current knowledge about how children acquire phonology during the first years of life. Topics include biological foundations; perceptual and vocal development; word learning; phonological universals; implicit and explicit learning mechanisms; formalist and functionalist models; and individual variation. Also offered as GRS LX 753. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course entitled "Phonological Development" that was previously numbered CAS LX 541.
  • CAS LX 454: Acquisition of Syntax
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 321.
    Exploration of the character and course of acquisition of syntactic knowledge in both first and second language contexts. Covers methodological principles for conducting studies and analyzing data, and topics such as development of verb movement, binding theory, and tense. Also offered as GRS LX 754. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS LX 540.