Courses - Fall 2021

LING 1100 FWS: Language, Thought, and Reality

In this course the students learn the skill of writing at the university level. Instructors offer themes for their courses within their own special areas of expertise.  

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Charlotte Logan (cjl333)
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LING 1101 Introduction to Linguistics

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.

Distribution: (KCM-AS, ETM-AS, SSC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Jon Ander Mendia (jm2732)
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LING 1109 English Words: Histories and Mysteries

Where do the words we use come from? This course examines the history and structure of the English vocabulary from its distant Indo-European roots to the latest in technical jargon and slang. Topics include formal and semantic change, taboo and euphemism, borrowing, new words from old, "learned" English loans from Greek and Latin, slang, and society.

Distribution: (HA-AS, ETM-AS, HST-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Alan Nussbaum (ajn8)
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LING 1131 Elementary Sanskrit I

An introduction to the essentials of Sanskrit grammar. Designed to enable the student to read classical and epic Sanskrit as soon as possible.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Todd Clary (tcc24)
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LING 2221 Language and Society

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.

Distribution: (CA-AS, SCD-AS, SSC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Abigail Cohn (acc4)
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LING 2251 Intermediate Sanskrit I

Readings from simple Sanskrit poetry: the Mahabharata and the Ramayana.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Tarinee Awasthi (ta358)
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LING 3303 Introduction to Syntax and Semantics

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.

Distribution: (KCM-AS, ETM-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Molly Diesing (md20)
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LING 3315 Old Norse I

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. 

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Brynhildur Stefansdottir (bs724)
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LING 3324 Cayuga Language and Culture

An introduction to the language and culture of the Cayuga (Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ) people. Basic language instruction provided in an immersive learning environment, focusing on the relationship of language and culture to plants and growing.

Distribution: (KCM-AS, ALC-AS, SCD-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Kurt Jordan (kj21)
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LING 3333 Problems in Semantics

In this class we will discuss the properties of truth-conditional semantics, with a focus on those phenomena that have been used to question the adequacy of such systems. The course starts of by discussing the fundamental (formal) properties of truth-conditional semantics, and the notion of interpretation relative to a model. Then, we will explore different aspects of the grammar of natural languages that have been invoked against such semantic systems, such as vagueness and degree expressions, presuppositional content, indexicals and lexical semantics, a.o.

Distribution: (KCM-AS, ETM-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Jon Ander Mendia (jm2732)
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LING 3390 Independent Study in Linguistics

Independent study of linguistics topics not covered in regular curriculum for undergrads.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Dorit Abusch (da45)
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LING 4401 Phonology I

Provides an introduction to phonological theory. The empirical basis, theoretical approaches, and relevant literature are explored through extensive data analysis and critical reading.

Distribution: (KCM-AS, ETM-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Draga Zec (dz17)
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LING 4403 Syntax I

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.

Distribution: (KCM-AS, ETM-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Miloje Despic (md682)
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LING 4421 Semantics I

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.

Distribution: (KCM-AS, ETM-AS, SMR-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Dorit Abusch (da45)
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LING 4423 Morphology

Addresses the basic issues in the study of words and their structures. Provides an introduction to different types of morphological structures with examples from a wide range of languages.

Distribution: (KCM-AS, ETM-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Miloje Despic (md682)
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LING 4474 Natural Language Processing

This course constitutes an introduction to natural language processing (NLP), the goal of which is to enable computers to use human languages as input, output, or both. NLP is at the heart of many of today's most exciting technological achievements, including machine translation, automatic conversational assistants and Internet search. Possible topics include methods for handling underlying linguistic phenomena (e.g., syntactic analysis, word sense disambiguation and discourse analysis) and vital emerging applications (e.g., machine translation, sentiment analysis, summarization and information extraction). 

Distribution: (SMR-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Claire Cardie (ctc9)
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LING 4485 Topics in Computational Linguistics

Current topics in computational linguistics.

Distribution: (MQR-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Mats Rooth (mr249)
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LING 4491 Honors Research Workshop I

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Abigail Cohn (acc4)
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LING 4493 Honors Thesis Research

Directed honors thesis research for students working on an honors thesis, taken with the student's honors thesis chair or other committee member.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Dorit Abusch (da45)
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LING 6333 Problems in Semantics

In this class we will discuss the properties of truth-conditional semantics, with a focus on those phenomena that have been used to question the adequacy of such systems. The course starts of by discussing the fundamental (formal) properties of truth-conditional semantics, and the notion of interpretation relative to a model. Then, we will explore different aspects of the grammar of natural languages that have been invoked against such semantic systems, such as vagueness and degree expressions, presuppositional content, indexicals and lexical semantics, a.o.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Jon Ander Mendia (jm2732)
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LING 6401 Phonology I

Provides an introduction to phonological theory. The empirical basis, theoretical approaches, and relevant literature are explored through extensive data analysis and critical reading.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Draga Zec (dz17)
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LING 6403 Syntax I

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Miloje Despic (md682)
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LING 6421 Semantics I

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Dorit Abusch (da45)
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LING 6423 Morphology

Addresses the basic issues in the study of words and their structures. Provides an introduction to different types of morphological structures with examples from a wide range of languages.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Miloje Despic (md682)
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LING 6485 Topics in Computational Linguistics

Current topics in computational linguistics.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Mats Rooth (mr249)
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LING 6601 Topics in Phonetics-Phonological Theory

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Draga Zec (dz17)
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LING 6606 Historical Syntax

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: John Whitman (jbw2)
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LING 6635 Indo-European Workshop

An assortment of subjects intended for students with previous training in Indo-European linguistics: problems in the reconstruction of Proto Indo-European, topics in the historical grammars of the various IE languages, reading and historical linguistic analysis of texts, and grammatical sketches of "minor" IE languages.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Michael Weiss (mlw36)
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LING 7701 Directed Research

An independent study for graduate students.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Dorit Abusch (da45)
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LING 7711 Semantics Seminar

Addresses current theoretical and empirical issues in semantics.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Dorit Abusch (da45)
Mats Rooth (mr249)
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LING 7725 Experimental Pragmatics

The class offers an overview of the theoretical pragmatics questions that have been addressed using experimental methods. Special emphasis will be placed on the issue of how to translate theoretical claims into sound experimental hypotheses. Students will get hands-on experience by developing an original research project on a topic relevant to the class.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Helena Aparicio Terrasa (ha425)
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LING 7727 Topics in Current Linguistic Theory

Topics in Current Linguistic Theory: topics of current research that cross sub-disciplinary boundaries.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Molly Diesing (md20)
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ASL 1101 American Sign Language I

Students with no previous background in American Sign Language (ASL) will be introduced to basic conversational techniques in ASL, including both expressive and receptive skills.  Basic grammar and vocabulary will be covered, including explanations of the fundamental parts of a sign, proper use of fingerspelling, and the significance of non-manual features. Instruction will be supplemented with videos, allowing students to begin exploring the visual literature of the Deaf community in the United States. Readings and class discussions will acquaint students with American Deaf culture, history and education, and the historical development of ASL.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Brenda Schertz (bs794)
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ASL 1102 American Sign Language II

This course focuses on continued development of conversational fluency in ASL, for both expressive and receptive skills. Through communicative activities and feedback, students will acquire a deeper understanding of grammatical features including use of non-manuals. Readings and class discussions will acquaint students to topics relevant to the Deaf community, American Deaf culture, ASL linguistics and history. The course will provide further development in ASL literature by analyzing storytelling features and re-telling them.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Brenda Schertz (bs794)
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ASL 2201 Intermediate American Sign Language I

This intermediate level course will focus on rigorous development and expansion of ASL vocabulary, non-manual signals, and grammar features through communicative activities. Students will develop ASL presentations to increase communicative fluency. The course provides continued development and discussion related to intercultural competence, ASL literature, ASL linguistics and American Deaf culture/community.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Nora Owen (no225)
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