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LING 2301 INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF HUMAN LANGUAGES (3-0) A variety of languages presented as a basis for discussion of topics such as: how languages are alike, and how different; how new languages arise; how human languages are reflections of human beings; how infants and adults acquire languages; how computers relate to human languages.

LING 2351 E-LANGUAGES (3-0) Human languages can be spoken or written, but today much of our language use is also transmitted through electronic devices. This course looks at aspects of language as reflected in the use of the technologies of modem life. Topics may include the language used in texting, chat, machine tools for recognizing print and speech, and computer translators.

LING 2371 LANGUAGE IN A MULTICULTURAL USA (3-0) This multiculturalism course examines the relationship of language in the U.S.A. to race, ethnicity, class, religion and gender. Topics typically covered include African American English, Spanish-English bilingualism and code-switching, Texas English, Asian language communities, and American Sign Language and Deaf culture. Additional topics vary.

LING 3301 TOPICS IN LINGUISTICS (3-0) Covers issues related to language and linguistics. Topics may include language and film/literature/pop culture, endangered languages, speech synthesis, applied linguistics, or other topics determined by instructor. May be repeated for credit when content changes. No prerequisites.

LING 3311 INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTIC SCIENCE (3-0) This course introduces students to the field of linguistics, the systematic study of human language. Drawing on data from a range of languages, it will examine the sound patterns of language (phonetics and phonology), words and word formation (morphology), sentence structure (syntax), meaning (semantics), and language in context (pragmatics). Emphasis will be placed on methods of linguistic analysis to solve problems in phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. Additional topics may include language acquisition; linguistic variation; and/or historical/comparative linguistics.

LING 3330 PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY (3-0) Human speech sounds from both physiological and cognitive perspectives; the range of speech sounds in language and the patterning of such sounds within particular language systems. Prerequisite: LING 3311.

LING 3340 GRAMMAR AND MORPHOLOGY (3-0) Grammatical patterns found in languages of the world, including the structure and distribution of words, phrases, clauses, sentences, and larger units. Prerequisite: LING 3311.

LING 3345 CRITICAL REASONING IN LINGUISTICS (3-0) A survey of formal logical approaches used to describe and explain natural language phenomena. Topics include the fundamentals of logical representation and argumentation, the effective use of inductive and deductive reasoning, and the construction of more complex linguistic arguments. Prerequisites: LING 3311 and either PHIL 1301 or PHIL 3321.

LING 3366 TOPICS IN RACE/ETHNICITY AND LANGUANGE IN THE U.S. (3-0) Either an intensive focus within one racial/ethnic group or a comparison between two or more groups. Focus may include language in the U.S. as it pertains to one (or more) of these communities: African Americans, Mexican Americans and Latinos/as, Native Americans, and/or Asian Americans. May be repeated for credit as course content changes.

LING 4301 PHONOLOGICAL THEORY I (3-0) (Also taught as LING 5320). Principles governing sound systems in human languages. Prerequisite: LING 3330.

LING 4303 FORMAL SYNTAX (3-0) Explores the grammatical structures characteristic of human language by analyzing data from diverse languages within the theoretical framework of formal syntax. (Also taught as LING 5330. Credit will be granted only once for LING 4303 or LING 5330.). Prerequisite: LING 3340.

LING 4317 SOCIOLINGUISTICS (3-0) (Also taught as LING 5310). Language in its social context, including linguistic variation, address and reference, speech levels, bilingualism, code switching, speech acts, conversation analysis, and language and gender. Prerequisite: LING 3311.

LING 4318 LANGUAGE AND GENDER (3-0) The role of language in the expression and creation of gender identities. Gender differences in language structure and use, women's and men's language in other cultures, the acquisition of gendered ways of speaking, and sexism in language. Offered as LING 4318 and WOMS 4318; formerly offered as LING 4392/WOMS 4392; credit will be granted only once. Prerequisite: LING 3311.

LING 4320 HISTORICAL AND COMPARATIVE LINGUISTICS (3-0) (Also taught as LING 5314). Language development and change; the comparative method and its use in linguistic reconstruction; laws of language change. Prerequisite: LING 3311.

LING 4326 BILINGUALISM (3-0) This course introduces students to issues related to bilinguals and bilingualism. The areas that will be covered include different types of bilinguals/bilingualism, bilingual education, the cognitive benefits (or disadvantages) of being a bilingual, and language processing in bilinguals. (Also offered as LING 5326. Credit will be granted only once for LING 4326 or LING 5326.) Prerequisite: LING 3311.

LING 4327 SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION (3-0) Processes of first and second language acquisition, their similarities and differences, language disorders, language perception and production, and implications of language acquisition research for linguistic theory and language teaching. (Also taught as LING 5305. Credit will be granted only once for LING 4327 or LING 5305.) Prerequisite: LING 3311.

LING 4330 CORPUS LINGUISTICS (3-0) Applications of ways in which computer science and linguistics inform each other. Corpus linguistics focuses on how computers can be used to both obtain the data that we examine and to provide the tools we use for analysis. Includes readings, practical experience with several different software programs, and using sources of online corpora. Prerequisite: LING 3311.

LING 4334 MORPHOLOGY (3-0) A theoretical and typological investigation into the nature of word-structure and word-formation processes in human languages. Prerequisite: LING 4301 or LING 4303.

LING 4335 LANGUAGE UNIVERSALS & LINGUISTIC TYPOLOGY (3-0) Consideration of universals in human language, their explanation and description, and language types. Prerequisite: LING 4301.

LING 4345 SEMANTICS (3-0) Considers meaning with respect to how humans form concepts in terms of semantic features, categorization, prototype imaging, cultural scenes, scripting and coherence within world views. Prerequisite: LING 3340.

LING 4347 PRAGMATICS (3-0) Analysis of how context and form interact with meaning. Topics may include deixis, reference, speech acts, presupposition, implicature, information structure and intonation. Prerequisite: LING 3311.

LING 4353 TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE (3-0) Presentation and critique of methodologies of teaching English to speakers of other languages, with emphasis on teaching techniques of aural comprehension; speaking, reading, and writing skills; testing, language laboratory, and linguistic-cultural differences.(Also taught as LING 5301. Credit will be granted only once for LING 4353 or LING 5301.) Prerequisite: LING 3311.

LING 4354 METHODS AND MATERIALS TO TEACH ENGLISH AS A SECOND OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE (3-0) Systematic study of the application of linguistic theory and findings; emphasis on pedagogical strategies, materials, and tests; attention to current and past research and practices. (Also taught as LING 5302. Credit will be granted only once for LING 4354 or LING 5302.) Prerequisite: LING 3311.

LING 4360 NON-WESTERN LINGUISTIC STRUCTURES (3-0) Study of a selected non-Western language, language family or language area based on descriptive linguistic analysis. May be repeated once for credit as the topic varies. Prerequisite: LING 3330 and LING 3340.

LING 4362 LANGUAGE DOCUMENTATION (3-0) The course discusses fundamental issues that are part of language documenting and description. These include project design, research ethics and intellectual property, researcher and community rights and responsibilities, world language ecology, technology and software, archiving issues, grant-writing fundamentals, and related issues that form best practices for language documentation projects. (Also offered as LING 5362.Credit will be granted only once for LING 4362 or LING 5362.) Prerequisite: LING 3311.

LING 4363 LANGUAGE ENDANGERMENT AND REVITALIZATION (3-0) This course examines language endangerment and what it means for a language to become endangered, and studies language revitalization. Case studies are presented where communities seek to maintain the number of speakers or revive the language. (Also offered as LING 5363.Credit will be granted only once for LING 4363 or LING 5363.) Prerequisite: LING 3311.

LING 4370 HISTORY OF LINGUISTICS (3-0) Surveys the recent history of the field of linguistics and familiarizes students with the key figures and theories in recent linguistic history, with special attention to the development and emergence of generative theories of syntax, semantics, and phonology. Prerequisite: LING 3330 and LING 3340 and either LING 4301 or LING 4303.

LING 4389 TOPICS IN LINGUISTICS (3-0) Current topics in linguistics research. May be repeated if topic changes. Prerequisite: Either LING 3330, 3340, or 4317, and permission of undergraduate advisor.

LING 4391 CONFERENCE COURSE IN LINGUISTICS (0-0) Independent study in the preparation of a paper on a research topic; consultation with instructor on a regular basis. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Either LING 3311, 3330, or 3340, and permission of undergraduate advisor.

LING 4395 INTERNSHIP (3-0) Internship (paid or unpaid) supervised by a faculty internship coordinator, with the student performing duties related to the academic curriculum of linguistics and/or TESOL. Students are required to submit an approved academic project related to the work performed. May be repeated with the approval of the Undergraduate Advisor.

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