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LING 1100 : FWS: Language, Thought, and Reality
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Dorit Abusch
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.  
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LING 1101 : Introduction to Linguistics
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Sarah Murray
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 1101 : Introduction to Linguistics
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Sam Tilsen
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 1104 : WIM: Introduction to Cognitive Science
Crosslisted as: COGST 1104, PHIL 1911, PSYCH 1104 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Khena Swallow
This section is highly recommended for students who are interested in learning about the topics covered in the main course through writing and discussion. 
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LING 1131 : Elementary Sanskrit I
Crosslisted as: CLASS 1331, SANSK 1131 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Patrick Cummins
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 1132 : Elementary Sanskrit II
Crosslisted as: CLASS 1332, SANSK 1132 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Todd Clary
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 1170 : Introduction to Cognitive Science
Crosslisted as: COGST 1101, CS 1710, PHIL 1910, PSYCH 1102 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Khena Swallow
This course provides an introduction to the science of the mind.  Everyone knows what it's like to think and perceive, but this subjective experience provides little insight into how minds emerge from physical intities like brains.  To address this issue, cognitive science integrates work from at least five disciplines: Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Linguistics, and Philosophy.  This course introduces students to the insights these disciplines offer into the workings of the mind by exploring visual perception, attention, memory, learning, problem solving, language, and consciousness. 
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LING 2215 : Psychology of Language
Crosslisted as: COGST 2150, PSYCH 2150 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Morten Christiansen
Provides an introduction to the psychology of language. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the scientific study of psycholinguistic phenomena. Covers a broad range of topics from psycholinguistics, including the origin of language, the different components of language (phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics), processes involved in reading, computational modeling of language processes, the acquisition of language (both under normal and special circumstances), and the brain bases of language.
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LING 2223 : Language and the Law
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Molly Diesing
This course addresses topics including origins of legal language, linguistics in the courtroom, plagiarism, and language rights. It introduces areas of linguistics such as syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics which explicate a wide range of legal matters where both spoken and written language come to fore.
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LING 2241 : Yiddish Linguistics
Crosslisted as: JWST 2271 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Molly Diesing
Yiddish language and linguistics, including aspects of its morphology, syntax, and phonology. Also the history of the Yiddish language, and sociolinguistic topics.
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LING 2248 : Native American Languages
Crosslisted as: AIIS 2240, AIIS 6240, LING 6248 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Sarah Murray
This course explores the wide variety of languages indigenous to the Americas. There were thousands of languages spoken in the Americas before the arrival of Europeans and hundreds of these languages are still spoken today. We will look at several of these languages in terms of their linguistic structure as well as from social, historical, and political perspectives. No prior linguistic background is required and no previous knowledge of any Native American languages is presumed.
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LING 2251 : Intermediate Sanskrit I
Crosslisted as: CLASS 2351, SANSK 2251 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Review of grammar and reading of selections from Sanskrit epic poetry and narrative prose.
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LING 2252 : Intermediate Sanskrit II
Crosslisted as: CLASS 2352, SANSK 2252 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Manasicha Akepiyapornchai
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 2019 Instructor:
Michael Weiss
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 3302 : Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Draga Zec
This course is an introduction to both phonetics (the study of the physical properties of the sounds of human language) and phonology (the organization and patterning of those sounds). The first part of the course focuses on the main areas of phonetics: articulation, acoustics, and perception. Students acquire basic skills, such as production and perception of speech sounds, transcription using the International Phonetic Alphabet, and instrumental analysis of speech. In the second part of the course students are introduced to key concepts in phonology, including rules, representations, and analysis of sound patterns. Throughout the course aspects of the sound systems of a wide range of world languages are studied.
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LING 3303 : Introduction to Syntax and Semantics
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Miloje Despic
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 3314 : Introduction to Historical Linguistics
Crosslisted as: LING 6314 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Andrew Joseph
Survey of the basic mechanisms of linguistic change, with examples from a variety of languages.
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LING 3315 : Old Norse I
Crosslisted as: MEDVL 3315 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Brynhildur Stefansdottir
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 3316 : Old Norse II
Crosslisted as: MEDVL 3316 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Brynhildur Stefansdottir
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.  Extensive reading of Old Norse texts, among them selections from some of the major Icelandic family sagas: Njals saga, Grettis saga, and Egils saga, as well as the whole Hrafnkels saga.
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LING 3322 : History of Romance Languages II
Crosslisted as: ROMS 3220 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Ti Alkire
Further study of historical developments in the Romance languages will be interleaved with readings of significant Romance texts from the 9th to 13th centuries, both notarial and literary. Topics covered include: More on medieval diglossia and scribal practices. How medieval glosses bear on the study of early Romance. Losses and innovation in the Romance lexicon. Formation of three high-frequency irregular verbs: be, have, and go. Raising and yod effects in Spanish and Italian, yod metathesis in French. Verb morphology from Latin to Romance with emphasis on the synthetic past, the periphrastic past and future, newly created past participles, and the conditional mood. Students will become acquainted with the resources for studying medieval documents and produce an annotated translation of an excerpt from a pre-1400 Romance text as a final project.
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LING 3332 : Philosophy of Language
Crosslisted as: PHIL 3710 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
William Starr
An introduction to some of the main issues in the philosophy of language. Topics may include names, definite descriptions, belief ascriptions, truth-conditional theories of meaning, pragmatics, and metaphor. Both historical and contemporary readings are considered.
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LING 3390 : Independent Study in Linguistics
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Dorit Abusch
Abigail Cohn
Molly Diesing
Sarah Murray
Alan Nussbaum
Mats Rooth
Sam Tilsen
John Whitman
Draga Zec
Independent study of linguistics topics not covered in regular curriculum for undergrads.
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LING 3390 : Independent Study in Linguistics
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Dorit Abusch
Abigail Cohn
Miloje Despic
Molly Diesing
Sarah Murray
Mats Rooth
Sam Tilsen
Michael Weiss
John Whitman
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 2019 Instructor:
Abigail Cohn
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 2019 Instructor:
Miloje Despic
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 4411 : History of the Japanese Language
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4411, JAPAN 4410 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
John Whitman
Overview of the history of the Japanese language followed by intensive examination of issues of interest to participants. Students should have reading knowledge of Japanese.
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LING 4419 : Phonetics I
Crosslisted as: LING 6419 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Sam Tilsen
This course provides advanced instruction in phonetic analysis and experimental methodology. Students learn about various theories of speech perception, production, and cognitive representation. This provides a background in which students develop an original research project. The goals of this course are for students to gain a conceptual understanding of phonetic analyses and to acquire practical experience in using phonetic analyses to explore cognitive dimensions of speech.
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LING 4421 : Semantics I
Crosslisted as: LING 6421, PHIL 4730, PHIL 6730 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Dorit Abusch
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 4424 : Computational Linguistics
Crosslisted as: COGST 4240, CS 4744 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Natalie DelBusso
Computational models of natural languages. Topics include tree syntax and treebank databases; broad-coverage probabilistic grammars; finite state generative phonology; computational semantics; computational minimalist grammar; finite state optimality-theoretic phonology; Hidden Markov models of acoustic realization; text and speech corpora; lab methods in Unix/Linux environment.
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LING 4425 : Pragmatics
Crosslisted as: LING 6425, PHIL 4720, PHIL 6720 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Dorit Abusch
What is the relationship between what words mean and how they are used? What is part of the grammar and what is a result of general reasoning? Pragmatics is often thought of as the study of how meaning depends on the context of utterance. However, it can be difficult to draw a line between pragmatics and semantics. In this course, we will investigate various topics that walk this line, including varieties of linguistic inference (including entailment, presupposition, and implicature), anaphora, indexicals, and speech acts.
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LING 4457 : Homeric Philology
Crosslisted as: GREEK 4457, GREEK 7457, LING 6457 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Alan Nussbaum
Language of the Homeric epics: dialect background, archaisms, modernizations. Notion of a Kunstsprache: its constitution, use, and internal consistency. Phonological and morphological aspects of epic compositional technique.
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LING 4474 : Natural Language Processing
Crosslisted as: COGST 4740, CS 4740, CS 5740 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Claire Cardie
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). 
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LING 4491 : Honors Research Workshop I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Michael Weiss
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 4492 : Honors Research Workshop II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Draga Zec
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 submit drafts of the introduction, methodology, results, and conclusions. Students will comment on each others drafts. Students will also work on presentation skills.
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LING 4493 : Honors Thesis Research
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Dorit Abusch
Abigail Cohn
Miloje Despic
Molly Diesing
Sarah Murray
Mats Rooth
Sam Tilsen
Michael Weiss
John Whitman
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 4494 : Honors Thesis Research
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Sam Tilsen
Michael Weiss
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 4712 : Topics in the Philosophy of Language
Crosslisted as: LING 6634, PHIL 4710, PHIL 6710 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
William Starr
An investigation of varying topics in the philosophy of language including reference, meaning, the relationship between language and thought, communication, modality, logic and pragmatics.
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LING 6248 : Native American Languages
Crosslisted as: AIIS 2240, AIIS 6240, LING 2248 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Sarah Murray
This course explores the wide variety of languages indigenous to the Americas. There were thousands of languages spoken in the Americas before the arrival of Europeans and hundreds of these languages are still spoken today. We will look at several of these languages in terms of their linguistic structure as well as from social, historical, and political perspectives. No prior linguistic background is required and no previous knowledge of any Native American languages is presumed.
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LING 6261 : Introduction to Indo-European Linguistics
Crosslisted as: LING 2261 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Michael Weiss
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 6314 : Introduction to Historical Linguistics
Crosslisted as: LING 3314 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Andrew Joseph
Survey of the basic mechanisms of linguistic change, with examples from a variety of languages.
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LING 6401 : Phonology I
Crosslisted as: LING 4401 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Abigail Cohn
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 6402 : Phonology II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Abigail Cohn
A continuation of LING 6401 with a focus on developing research skills.
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LING 6403 : Syntax I
Crosslisted as: LING 4403 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Miloje Despic
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 6404 : Syntax II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Natalie DelBusso
A continuation of LING 6403, focusing on syntactic dependencies, including the theory of control, an examination of locality constraints on movement, covert versus overt movement, and the syntax of quantification. The purpose of the course is to develop the background needed for independent syntactic research.
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LING 6419 : Phonetics I
Crosslisted as: LING 4419 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Sam Tilsen
This course provides advanced instruction in phonetic analysis and experimental methodology. Students learn about various theories of speech perception, production, and cognitive representation. This provides a background in which students develop an original research project. The goals of this course are for students to gain a conceptual understanding of phonetic analyses and to acquire practical experience in using phonetic analyses to explore cognitive dimensions of speech.
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LING 6421 : Semantics I
Crosslisted as: LING 4421, PHIL 4730, PHIL 6730 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Dorit Abusch
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 6422 : Semantics II
Crosslisted as: PHIL 6731 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Mats Rooth
Uses the techniques introduced in Semantics I to analyze linguistic phenomena, including quantifier scope, ellipsis, and referential pronouns. Temporal and possible worlds semantics are introduced and used in the analysis of modality, tense, and belief sentences. The phenomena of presupposition, indefinite descriptions, and anaphora are analyzed in a dynamic compositional framework that formalizes the idea that sentence meaning effects a change in an information state.
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LING 6425 : Pragmatics
Crosslisted as: LING 4425, PHIL 4720, PHIL 6720 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Dorit Abusch
What is the relationship between what words mean and how they are used?  What is part of the grammar and what is a result of general reasoning?  Pragmatics is often thought of as the study of how meaning depends on the context of utterance.  However, it can be difficult to draw a line between pragmatics and semantics.  In this course, we will investigate various topics that walk this line, including varieties of linguistic inference including entailment, presupposition, and implicature), anaphora, indexicals, and speech acts.
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LING 6457 : Homeric Philology
Crosslisted as: GREEK 4457, GREEK 7457, LING 4457 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Alan Nussbaum
Language of the Homeric epics: dialect background, archaisms, modernizations. Notion of a Kunstsprache: its constitution, use, and internal consistency. Phonological and morphological aspects of epic compositional technique.
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LING 6600 : Field Methods
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Abigail Cohn
Sarah Murray
Elicitation, recording, and analysis of data from a native speaker of an understudied non-Western language. Provides basic experience in linguistic fieldwork.
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LING 6603 : Research Workshop
Crosslisted as: LING 6604 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Provides a forum for presentation and discussion of ongoing research, and development of professional skills. Participants must enroll in a concurrent independent study with a special committee member, or a relevant workshop.
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LING 6604 : Research Workshop
Crosslisted as: LING 6603 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Provides a forum for presentation and discussion of ongoing research, and development of professional skills. Participants must enroll in a concurrent independent study with a special committee member, or a relevant workshop.
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LING 6623 : Old Irish I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Michael Weiss
Introduction to the grammar of Old Irish. Reading from selected Old Irish glosses and prose works.
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LING 6634 : Topics in the Philosophy of Language
Crosslisted as: LING 4712, PHIL 4710, PHIL 6710 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
William Starr
An investigation of varying topics in the philosophy of language including reference, meaning, the relationship between language and thought, communication, modality, logic and pragmatics.
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LING 6635 : Indo-European Workshop
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Alan Nussbaum
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.
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LING 6692 : Phonetic Data Analysis Workshop
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Sam Tilsen
The phonetics data analysis workshop provides students with practice in analysis and visualization of phonetic data, using Matlab, R, and Praat. Experiment design and statistical methods are emphasized.
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LING 6692 : Phonetic Data Analysis Workshop
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Sam Tilsen
The phonetics data analysis workshop provides students with practice in analysis and visualization of phonetic data, using Matlab, R, and Praat. Experiment design and statistical methods are emphasized.
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LING 7701 : Directed Research
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Dorit Abusch
Abigail Cohn
Miloje Despic
Molly Diesing
Sarah Murray
Mats Rooth
Sam Tilsen
Michael Weiss
John Whitman
An independent study for graduate students.
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LING 7702 : Directed Research
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Dorit Abusch
Abigail Cohn
Molly Diesing
Sarah Murray
Alan Nussbaum
Draga Zec
Mats Rooth
Sam Tilsen
John Whitman
An independent study for graduate students.
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LING 7710 : Computational Seminar
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Mats Rooth
Addresses current theoretical and empirical issues in computational linguistics.
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LING 7711 : Semantics Seminar
Crosslisted as: PHIL 6740 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Dorit Abusch
Mats Rooth
Addresses current theoretical and empirical issues in semantics.
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LING 7712 : Syntax Seminar
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
John Whitman
Addresses current theoretical and empirical issues in syntax.
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LING 7713 : Phonetics Seminar
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Sam Tilsen
Addresses current theoretical and empirical issues in phonetics.
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LING 7719 : Interface Seminar
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Sarah Murray
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LING 7727 : Topics in Current Linguistic Theory
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Molly Diesing
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