Linguistics

(including courses in Applied Linguistics)

  • GRS LX 691: Linguistic Field Methods
    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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS LX 501.
  • GRS LX 703: Phonological Analysis
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS LX 601 (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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course entitled "Introduction to Phonology" that was previously numbered CAS LX 513.
  • GRS LX 705: Prosody
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS LX 601 (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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title that was previously numbered CAS LX 525.
  • GRS LX 722: Intermediate Syntax: Modeling Syntactic Knowledge
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS LX 621 (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.
  • GRS LX 723: Advanced Syntax: Issues in Modern Syntactic Theory
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS LX 722; 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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course entitled "Syntax II" that was previously numbered CAS LX 523.
  • GRS LX 732: Intermediate Semantics: The Grammatical Construction of Meaning
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS LX 631 (formerly 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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course entitled "Semantics II" that was previously numbered CAS LX 503.
  • GRS LX 733: Intermediate Pragmatics: Meaning in Context
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS LX 631 (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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course entitled "Topics in Pragmatics" that was previously numbered CAS LX 504.
  • GRS LX 738: Discourse Analysis: Theoretical and Methodological Approaches
    Review of current research literature on discourse analysis; students practice and apply current methods and techniques of discourse analysis.
  • GRS LX 753: Acquisition of Phonology
    Graduate Prerequisites: GRS LX 601; or consent of instructor.
    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. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course entitled "Phonological Development" that was previously numbered CAS LX 541.
  • GRS LX 795: Quantitative Methods in Linguistics
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing in the Linguistics program, or consent of instructor.
    Introduces students to quantitative approaches to linguistic data, including visualization, hypothesis testing, and data modeling. Students gain proficiency in R, an open-source statistical environment, and learn the logic behind statistical techniques, as well as practical skills for using them.