Linguistics

Course Descriptions

1200 Introduction to Linguistics
6 credit hours

Natural languages are systematic and this course will examine how this fact makes human communication possible. An introduction to modern methods of linguistic analysis, the course will enable students to understand the structure of their own language and to compare it with other languages. By familiarizing them with the basic concepts of linguistics, the course will prepare students for more advanced courses in linguistics.


2309 Phonetics
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: LING 1200

This course is an introduction to the production, acoustic properties, and perception of the sounds used in English and other languages.  Skills developed include: systematic transcription of speech sounds using the International Phonetic Alphabet, description of sounds in articulatory terms, and recognition of linguistically relevant properties of sounds from spectrograms and waveforms. 


2310 Phonology
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: LING 1200

Phonology is the study of the sound patterns of language. The universal principles by which sounds are organized in language through phonological rule systems are examined, as well as the processes which account for language-specific diversity. Students will learn how to analyze phonological data from natural languages, and how to formulate hypotheses about how sounds are represented and manipulated in speakers’ mental grammars.

NOTE: It is recommended that students take LING 2309 before 2310.


2311 Modern English Language [ENGL 2311]
3 credit hours


2321 French Phonetics [FREN 3320]
3 credit hours


2326 Language and Gender [ENGL 2326]
3 credit hours


2330 Syntax
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: LING 1200

Syntax is the study of sentence structure: how words are organized into larger meaningful units. The course examines the nature of speakers’ underlying knowledge of the rules for combining words into higher-order structures. The fundamental similarities in sentence patterning among different languages will be addressed.


2339 The Sociology of Language [SOCI 3339]
3 credit hours


2340 Semantics
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: LING 1200

This course analyzes how words and sentences convey meaning in language. Students will learn how lexical items can be represented in terms of their semantic components and how interrelated groups of words form semantic fields. At the sentence level, grammatical, pragmatic and logical aspects of meaning are introduced. The course also explores idiomatic expressions and the ubiquity of metaphor.


2346 A Sociolinguistic History of Ireland [IRST 2346]
3 credit hours


2391 Learning a Field Language [ANTH 2391]
3 credit hours


2392 Linguistic Anthropology [ANTH 2392]
3 credit hours


3310 Advanced Phonology
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: LING 2310

This course develops skills in recognition, description and analysis of segmental and prosodic organization, and discusses recent phonological theory.


3320 Morphology
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: LING 1200 and six(6) credit hours in LING.

Morphology is the study of word formation and structure. The course is an examination of how words are made up of smaller, contrastive elements. Processes of word formation such as derivation and compounding are analyzed.  Inflectional morphology is investigated. The manner in which morphology relates to the other components of language is discussed. Morphologically based linguistic typologies are explored.


3330 Advanced Syntax
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: LING 2330

This course presents recent developments in syntactic theory focusing on form and meaning of different types of sentences. Building on universal principles and specific parameters of syntactic structures, it provides necessary tools for description and advanced analysis of sentences in a cross-linguistic perspective.


3350 Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Linguistics
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Eighteen (18) credits in LING or in a discipline associated with the special topic.

This course investigates the application of linguistics to particular fields such as forensic linguistics, clinical linguistics, clinical discourse analysis, neurolinguistics.

Students will gain experience working in an interdisciplinary context.


3395 Language Issues in the Arctic [ANTH 3395]
3 credit hours


3396 Language Issues in Canada [ANTH 3396]
3 credit hours


3402 History of the English Language [ENGL 3402]
6 credit hours


3427 Language, Gender and Power [ENGL 4427]
3 credit hours


3826 - 3849 Special Topics in Linguistics
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: LING 1200 and six (6) credit hours in LING

These courses allow students to study a special topic at an advanced level.  Such topics will either (a) not be covered by other LING courses or (b) handle the subject matter in alternative models.

Seminar: 3 hrs. a week.


4420-4430 Topics in Linguistic Theory
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: LING 1200 and twelve (12) credit hours in LING

This course will examine concepts and trends in the development of linguistic theory. Perspectives may include (a) particular areas of enquiry, such as language diversity, pragmatics, neurolinguistics, etc., and how they have informed linguistic theory; (b) schools of linguistics from Saussure to the present; and (c) specific theoretical approaches such as Functionalism, Minimalism, or Optimality Theory.


4440 Canadian French:  Sociolinguistic Perspective [FREN 4440]
3 credit hours


4491 Advanced Topics in Linguistic Anthropology [ANTH 4491]
3 credit hours


 

4492 Ethnography of Communication [ANTH 4492]
3 credit hours


4493 Doing Discourse Analysis [ENGL 4493]
3 credit hours


4494 Approaches to Discourse Analysis [ENGL 4494]
3 credit hours


4500 Honours Thesis
6 credit hours
Prerequisite:  honours standing in Linguistics.

Supervised preparation of a significant research paper for honours students in linguistics.


4510-4520 Topics in Applied Linguistics
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: At least eighteen (18) credit hours in LING, a second language, or psychology.

This course will examine topics in applied linguistics. The course may focus on linguistic approaches to literacy, first or second language acquisition, bilingualism, or a similar topic.  The goal of the course is to develop knowledge of primary literature addressing linguistic contributions to the area under focus, but also to develop skills in problem based interdisciplinary thinking, research and collaboration.


4826 – 4849 Special Topics in Linguistics
3 credit hours
Prerequisite:  LING 1200 and twelve (12) credit hours in LING

 

These courses allow students to study a special topic at an advanced level.  Such topics will either (a) not be covered by other LING courses or (b) handle the subject matter in alternative models.


4876 – 4899 Directed Readings in Linguistics
3 credit hours

These courses provide the opportunity to study a particular subject(s) in detail. They are designed to examine at an advanced level topics not covered in other linguistics courses or in courses cross-listed as linguistics courses, or to allow for a different approach to the study of topics already covered in other courses.