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LING 1100 : FWS: Language, Thought, and Reality
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Joseph Rhyne
Frances Sobolak
Marten van Schijndel
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 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 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 2251 : Intermediate Sanskrit I
Crosslisted as: CLASS 2351, SANSK 2251 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Todd Clary
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 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 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 3324 : Cayuga Language and Culture
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
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.
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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 3333 : Problems in Semantics
Crosslisted as: COGST 3330, COGST 6333, LING 6333, PHIL 3700, PHIL 6700 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Jon Ander Mendia
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.
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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
Marten van Schijndel
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 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 4493 : Honors Thesis Research
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Dorit Abusch
Abigail Cohn
Miloje Despic
Molly Diesing
Sarah Murray
Mats Rooth
Sam Tilsen
Marten van Schijndel
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 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 6333 : Problems in Semantics
Crosslisted as: COGST 3330, COGST 6333, LING 3333, PHIL 3700, PHIL 6700 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Jon Ander Mendia
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.
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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 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 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 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 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 7701 : Directed Research
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Dorit Abusch
Abigail Cohn
Miloje Despic
Molly Diesing
Sarah Murray
Mats Rooth
Sam Tilsen
Marten van Schijndel
Michael Weiss
John Whitman
An independent study for graduate students.
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LING 7710 : Computational Seminar
Crosslisted as: COGST 7710 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Marten van Schijndel
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 7719 : Interface Seminar
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Sarah Murray
Seminar discussing linguistic theory, field methodology and language documentation.
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LING 7727 : Topics in Current Linguistic Theory
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Molly Diesing
Topics in Current Linguistic Theory: Topics of current research that cross sub-disciplinary boundaries.
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