Course Descriptions

Linguistics (LI)

LI100 Introduction to Linguistics

Introduction to Linguistics is a foundational seminar designed to provide students with a general introduction to the study of languages and special areas of interest within linguistics including the structural, historical, psychological, and social aspects of language. Students will also be introduced to basic linguistics terminology found in academic literature.
Zero credits. Graded Pass/Fail.

LI101 Phonetics

In this course, students will learn to recognize and to articulate sounds from across the IPA. Additionally, students will be taught how to describe place of articulation of sounds as well as to document the IPA symbol associated with different sounds they hear. Students will also be introduced to suprasegmental features such as stress, tone, pauses, etc., in preparation for phonological analysis.
Prerequisite or co-requisite: LI100 Introduction to Linguistics. Three credits.

LI102 Phonology

Building on what was learned in LI101 Phonetics, this course will direct students how to analyze systematic sound processes within a language. The students’ analytical and descriptive skills will be developed through the study of phonological data from a variety of languages, focusing on morphophonemics.
Prerequisite: LI101 Phonetics. Three credits.

LI103 Morphology and Syntax

Students will be able to identify morphemes within a word, identify syntactic constituents and grammatical relations within a sentence, and determine syntactic categories (parts of speech) for both words and phrases. They will be able to describe phrase and sentence patterns using phrase structure rules, and use standard terminology to describe case, agreement, and tense/aspect/modality systems.
Prerequisites or co-requisites: LI101 Phonetics and LI102 Phonology. Three credits.

LI201 Semantics and Pragmatics

Semantics and Pragmatics examines the relationship between form and meaning in human language. We consider the rules for combining word meanings in order to derive sentence meanings in a predictable way; and we explore the principles which allow speakers to communicate more by uttering a sentence than is contained in the sentence meaning itself. We apply these concepts not only to content words but also to grammatical morphemes such as tense, aspect, and modality markers.
Prerequisites: LI103 Morphology and Syntax. Three credits.

LI202 Discourse Analysis

After completing this course, students will be able to analyze the discourse structure of a text, using a specific approach to text analysis. They will be able to describe typical features of different types of prominence, cohesion, and coherence. They will be able to chart sample texts from different languages and analyze how a discourse may be segmented into hierarchical units. They will be able to indicate evidence for foregrounding and backgrounding (or mainline and supportive information) including differences in verb forms, to describe participant reference, and to investigate constituent order variation. They will focus on the interface between syntactic forms and their functions in discourse as they investigate grammatical structures of discourse, paragraph, sentence, and clause.
Prerequisites: LI201 Semantics and Pragmatics. Three credits.

LI301 Introduction to Sociolinguistics

In many cases, the meaning of a speech act can only be determined by understanding the cultural setting or societal background in which a speech is given. Introduction to Sociolinguistics will give students an overview of how language relates to the society in which it was produced. The student will be able to articulate why certain languages are chosen as national or educational standards within a given society; to understand concepts and psychological factors at play in multi-lingual societies; to discern attitudes speakers of particular languages have toward time, social class, networks, and gender; and to discern attitudes toward particular languages by segments of world societies.
Prerequisites: LI201 Semantics and Pragmatics. Three credits.

LI302 Linguistic Field Methods

During this course, students will be able to refine the skills acquired in discerning the sounds, semantics, sentences, speech acts, and the speaker’s society to transcribe linguistic data while utilizing a data management system. In addition, students will be able to formulate hypotheses about a language and test and refine them through further investigation. This course will be conducted in part in a cross-cultural setting whether domestically or internationally, relative to the student’s needs or aspirations and with administrative approval.
Prerequisites: LI201 Semantics and Pragmatics. Three credits.

LI303 Field Data Management

With a focus on methodology and good praxis, this course instructs students in the use of computational tools for managing and presenting phonological, textual, and lexical data collected in linguistic field research.
Prerequisites: LI201 Semantics and Pragmatics. Two credits.

LI304 Language Acquisition, Literacy Education and Program Development

With a focus on the majority-world, this course will prepare students to make knowledgeable decisions and to select the most appropriate course of action for introducing speakers of other languages both to a written form of their own language or to a second language (English, Greek, Hebrew, etc.), for developing, testing, and implementing literacy curriculum with effective techniques and principles, and for launching a sustainable literacy program within a target culture. This course will also introduce students to basic methods of teaching and instruction.
Three credits.

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