Linguistics

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LING UN3101 Introduction to Linguistics. 3 points.

An introduction to the study of language from a scientific perspective. The course is divided into three units: language as a system (sounds, morphology, syntax, and semantics), language in context (in space, time, and community), and language of the individual (psycholinguistics, errors, aphasia, neurology of language, and acquisition). Workload: lecture, weekly homework, and final examination. 

Fall 2017: LING UN3101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
LING 3101 001/68567 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Alan Timberlake 3 85/86

LING W4171 Languages of Africa. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The African continent is home not to simply a collection of similar "African dialects," but to at least 1000 distinct languages that belong to five language families, none of them any more closely related than English and its relatives are to Japanese. This includes the Semitic languages that emerged in the Middle East and are now most commonly associated with Arabic and Hebrew, the famous "click" languages of Southern Africa whose origins are still shrouded by mystery, and in the case of Malagasy on Madagascar, the Austronesian family of Southeast Asia and Oceania - the language traces to speakers who travelled over the ocean from Borneo to Africa. This course will examine languages in all of these families, with a focus on how they demonstrate a wide array of linguistic processes and how they interact with social history, anthropology, and geography.

LING W4204 Introduction To Phonology. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The systemic deployment of speech sounds at the service of language’s morphosyntax.  Alternational phonology; rule and representation; phonological features; linear and nonlinear phonology (autosegments, tiers); metrical and grid phonology; prosodology.

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