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LING 1101 : Introduction to Linguistics
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Overview of the science of language, especially its theoretical underpinnings, methods, and major findings. Areas covered include: the relation between sound and meaning in human languages, social variation in language, language change over time, universals of language, and the mental representation of linguistic knowledge. Students are introduced to a wide variety of language phenomena, drawn not only from languages resembling English, but also from many that appear to be quite unlike English, such as those native to the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the South Pacific.
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LING 1131 : Elementary Sanskrit I
Crosslisted as: CLASS 1331, SANSK 1131 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
An introduction to the essentials of Sanskrit grammar. Designed to enable the student to read classical and epic Sanskrit as soon as possible.
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LING 2221 : Language and Society
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
We will explore how language and society affect each other. How do class, age, ethnicity, gender, and geography affect the way people speak? Why are some ways of speaking considered prestigious and others stigmatized? How does increased use of online communication and social media affect how we communicate? How are power relations captured in language? How does national policy-e.g., "English-only" policies-affect both politics and language use? What are the linguistic issues behind the Ebonics debate? In this course we consider these questions both in the context of the United States and other parts of the world.
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LING 2251 : Intermediate Sanskrit I
Crosslisted as: CLASS 2351, SANSK 2251 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Review of grammar and reading of selections from Sanskrit epic poetry and narrative prose.
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LING 2261 : Introduction to Indo-European Linguistics
Crosslisted as: LING 6261 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
An introduction to the phonology, morphology, and syntax of Proto-Indo-European and the chief historical developments of the daughter languages.
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LING 2264 : Language, Mind, and Brain
Crosslisted as: COGST 2264 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
An introduction to neurolinguistics, this course surveys topics such as aphasia, hemispheric lateralization and speech comprehension as they are studied via neuroimaging, intracranial recording and other methods. A key focus is the relationship between these data, linguistic theories, and more general conceptions of the mind. Appropriate for students from any major.
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LING 3303 : Introduction to Syntax and Semantics
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course explores both syntax (how words and phrases are combined into sentences) and semantics (how the meanings of words, phrases, and sentences are interpreted). The course aims to give students to the ability to address questions regarding syntactic and semantic properties of languages in a rigorous and informed fashion. Topics covered include phrase structure, grammatical relations, transformations, semantic composition, modification, quantification, and the syntax/semantics interface. Emphasis throughout the course is placed on forming and testing hypotheses.
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LING 3315 : Old Norse I
Crosslisted as: MEDVL 3315 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Old Norse is a collective term for the earliest North Germanic literary languages: Old Icelandic, Old Norwegian, Old Danish, and Old Swedish. The richly documented Old Icelandic is the center of attention, and the purpose is twofold: the students gain knowledge of an ancient North Germanic language, important from a linguistic point of view, and gain access to the medieval Icelandic (and Scandinavian) literature. The structure of Old Norse (Old Icelandic), phonology, and morphology, with reading of selections from the Prose-Edda, a 13th-century narrative based on the Eddaic poetry. 
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LING 3390 : Independent Study in Linguistics
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Independent study of linguistics topics not covered in regular curriculum for undergrads.
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LING 4401 : Phonology I
Crosslisted as: LING 6401 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Provides an introduction to phonological theory. The empirical basis, theoretical approaches, and relevant literature are explored through extensive data analysis and critical reading.
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LING 4403 : Syntax I
Crosslisted as: LING 6403 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
An advanced introduction to syntactic theory within the principles and parameters/minimalist frameworks. Topics include phrase structure, argument structure (unaccusative verbs, unergative verbs, double object constructions), principles of word order, and the binding theory.
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LING 4421 : Semantics I
Crosslisted as: LING 6421 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Introduces methods for theorizing about meaning within generative grammar. These techniques allow the creation of grammars that pair syntactic structures with meanings. Students look at several empirical areas in detail, among them complementation (combining heads with their arguments), modification, conjunction, definite descriptions, relative clauses, traces, bound pronouns, and quantification. An introduction to logical and mathematical concepts used in linguistic semantics (e.g., set theory, functions and their types, and the lambda notation for naming linguistic meanings) is included in the course.
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LING 4474 : Natural Language Processing
Crosslisted as: COGST 4740, CS 4740, CS 5740 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Computationally oriented introduction to natural language processing, the goal of which is to enable computers to use human languages as input, output, or both. Possible topics include parsing, grammar induction, information retrieval, and machine translation.
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LING 4491 : Honors Research Workshop I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course provides structure and guidance to students doing an honors thesis in linguistics. The course consists of biweekly meeting of all honors thesis writers with the course instructor. Students will prepare presentations and written materials including topic, background, outline, methodology for honors project for class presentation and discussion. The course also covers aspects of linguistics research methodology.
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LING 4493 : Honors Thesis Research
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Directed honors thesis research for students working on an honors thesis, taken with the student's honors thesis chair or other committee member.
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LING 6261 : Introduction to Indo-European Linguistics
Crosslisted as: LING 2261 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor: Description
LING 6401 : Phonology I
Crosslisted as: LING 4401 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Provides an introduction to phonological theory. The empirical basis, theoretical approaches, and relevant literature are explored through extensive data analysis and critical reading.
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LING 6403 : Syntax I
Crosslisted as: LING 4403 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
An advanced introduction to syntactic theory within the principles and parameters/minimalist frameworks. Topics include phrase structure, argument structure (unaccusative verbs, unergative verbs, double object constructions), principles of word order, and the binding theory.
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LING 6421 : Semantics I
Crosslisted as: LING 4421 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Introduces methods for theorizing about meaning within generative grammar. These techniques allow the creation of grammars that pair syntactic structures with meanings. Students look at several empirical areas in detail, among them complementation (combining heads with their arguments), modification, conjunction, definite descriptions, relative clauses, traces, bound pronouns, and quantification. An introduction to logical and mathematical concepts used in linguistic semantics (e.g., set theory, functions and their types, and the lambda notation for naming linguistic meanings) is included in the course.
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LING 6601 : Topics in Phonetics/Phonological Theory
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Examination of recent developments in the core areas of phonetics and phonology as well as its interfaces with other components of the grammar (e.g., morphosyntax, semantics or pragmatics).  Topics covered include current approaches and relevant theoretical and historical perspectives.
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LING 6606 : Historical Syntax
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
A course on change in language structure, beginning with an overview of widely attested types of syntactic change and proceeding to an introduction of current theoretical treatments. Topics covered include grammaticalization, word order, and the interplay between morphological and syntactic change. Assumes a basic background in syntax.
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LING 7701 : Directed Research
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An independent study for graduate students.
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LING 7711 : Semantics Seminar
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Addresses current theoretical and empirical issues in semantics.
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