Courses

LING 26030 American Deaf Community: Language, Culture, and Society

This course will focus on the Deaf community that uses American Sign Language (ASL) as a lens into the disciplines of linguistics, psychology, and cultural studies, and how the use of ASL contributes to individual identity and identity within society. In addition to these disciplinary foci, topics of Deaf literature and art forms will figure in the discussion and readings, which come from a variety of sources and include seminal works in the field from historical and contemporary perspectives.

 

TTH, 2:00-3:20

2022-23 Autumn

LING 27010 Psycholinguistics

This is an advanced introduction to the field of psycholinguistics. We will do an in-depth overview of both the empirical findings and the methodologies used on various topics in language comprehension/production, including areas of speech perception, lexical processing, syntactic parsing, and semantic/pragmatic processing. Models at both the computational and the mechanistic levels will also be examined.

 

TTH, 12:30-1:50

2022-23 Autumn

LING 29700 Reading and Research Course

Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form.

2022-23 Autumn

LING 20001 Introduction to Linguistics

This course offers a brief survey of how linguists analyze the structure and the use of language. Looking at the structure of language means understanding what phonemes, words, and sentences are, and how each language establishes principles for the combinations of these things and for their use; looking at the use of language means understanding the ways in which individuals and groups use language to declare their social identity and the ways in which languages can change over time. The overarching theme is understanding what varieties of language structure and use are found across the world's languages and cultures, and what limitations on this variety exist.

TTH, 3:30-4:50

2022-23 Autumn

LING 20201 Introduction to Syntax

This course is an introduction to basic goals and methods of current syntactic theory through a detailed analysis of a range of phenomena, with emphasis on argumentation and empirical justification. Major topics include phrase structure and constituency, selection and subcategorization, argument structure, case, voice, expletives, and raising and control structures.

 

MW, 1:30-2:50

2022-23 Autumn

LING 20301 Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics

This course familiarizes students with what it means to study meaning and use in natural language. By “meaning” we refer to the (for the most part, logical) content of words, constituents, and sentences (semantics), and by “use” we intend to capture how this content is implemented in discourse and what kinds of additional dimensions of meaning may then arise (pragmatics). Some of the core empirical phenomena that have to do with meaning are introduced: lexical (i.e., word) meaning, reference, quantification, logical inferencing, presupposition, implicature, context sensitivity, cross-linguistic variation, speech acts. Main course goals are not only to familiarize students with the basic topics in semantics and pragmatics but also to help them develop basic skills in semantic analysis and argumentation.

2022-23 Autumn

MOGK 20100 Intermediate Modern Greek II

This course expands on the material presented in MOGK 20100, enabling students to speak about topics related to employment, current events and issues of public and community interest.

 

MWF, 1:30-2:20

Prerequisites

MOGK 20100 or placement

2022-23 Autumn

MOGK 20100 Intermediate Modern Greek II

This course expands on the material presented in MOGK 20100, enabling students to speak about topics related to employment, current events and issues of public and community interest.

Prerequisites

MOGK 20100 or placement

2022-23 Autumn

10100/30100 American Sign Language I

American Sign Language is the language of the deaf in the United States and much of Canada. It is a full-fledged autonomous language, unrelated to English or other spoken languages. This introductory course teaches the student basic vocabulary and grammatical structure, as well as aspects of deaf culture.

 

MWF, 9:30 – 10:20 am, 10:30 – 11:20 am

2022-23 Autumn

ASLG 10400/ASLG 30400 Intermediate American Sign Language I

This course continues to increase grammatical structure, receptive and expressive skills, conversational skills, basic linguistic convergence, and knowledge of idioms. Field trip required

 

MWF, 11:30-12:20

2022-23 Autumn

LING 30201 Syntactic Analysis I

This course is an advanced survey of topics in graduate syntax examining current syntactic theory through detailed analysis of a range of phenomena and readings from the primary research literature.

 

MW, 3:00-4:20

Prerequisites

Graduate student standing. Undergraduates with a grade of A or A- in Intro to Syntax may petition the instructor for admission

2022-23 Autumn

LING 30401 Psycholinguistics: Language Processing

Crosslistings
PSYC 30401

This is an advanced introduction to the field of psycholinguistics. We will do an in-depth overview of both the empirical findings and the methodologies used on various topics in language comprehension/production, including areas of speech perception, lexical processing, syntactic parsing, and semantic/pragmatic processing. Models at both the computational and the mechanistic levels will also be examined.

 

MW, 1:30-2:50

2022-23 Autumn

LING 23360/LING 33360 Methods in Gesture and Sign Language Research

Crosslistings
CHDV 23360, CHDV 33360, LING 23360, LING 33360, PSYC 33360

In this course we will explore methods of research used in the disciplines of linguistics and psychology to investigate sign language and gesture. We will choose a set of canonical topics from the gesture and sign literature such as pointing, use of the body in quotation, and the use of non-manuals, in order to understand the value of various effective methods in current use and the types of research questions they are best equipped to handle.

 

M, 1:30-4:20

2022-23 Autumn

LING 26520/LING 36520 Mind, Brain and Meaning

Crosslistings
LING 36520, PHIL 26520, PHIL 36520, PSYC 26520, PSYC 36520, COGS 20001

What is the relationship between physical processes in the brain and body and the processes of thought and consciousness that constitute our mental life? Philosophers and others have puzzled over this question for millenia. Many have concluded it to be intractable. In recent decades, the field of cognitive science--encompassing philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, computer science, linguistics and other disciplines--has proposed a new form of answer. The driving idea is that the interaction of the mental and the physical may be understood via a third level of analysis: that of the computational. This course offers a critical introduction to the elements of this approach, and surveys some of the alternatives models and theories that fall within it. Readings are drawn from a range of historical and contemporary sources in philosophy, psychology, linguistics and computer science. (B) (II)

 

TTH, 9:30-10:50

Chris Kennedy, Bridges, Jason; Kay, Leslie
2022-23 Autumn

LING 26810/LING 36810 Bilingualism and Heritage Languages

TTH, 5:00 – 6:30

Anastasia Giannakidou, Zoe Gavriilidou
2022-23 Autumn

LING 40310 Experimental Methods

This course will cover the basic methods for experimental studies, including experimental design, data collection and statistical analysis. To demonstrate different design and analysis tools, we will look at data set from different types of studies, including self-paced reading, acceptability judgment, eye tracking, ERP, etc. Students will also gain hands-on experience on different paradigms.

 

TH, 2:00-3:20

2022-23 Autumn

LING 48000 Pedagogy Workshop

TH, 3:30-4:50

2022-23 Autumn

LING 60000 Reading and Research: LING

This course is an independent study under the guidance of a faculty advisor, indicated by the section number. Please consult with the faculty member in question before enrolling.

Staff
2022-23 Autumn

LING 31000 Morphology

This course is an advanced survey of topics in morphology examining current morphological theory through detailed analysis of a range of phenomena and readings from the primary research literature. The topics covered include blocking, inflectional features, syncretism, allomorphy and suppletion, and morpheme order.

 

MW, 3:00-4:20

2022-23 Autumn

LING 24650/LING 34650 African American English

TTH, 2:00-3:20

2022-23 Autumn

LING 46000 Seminar: Syntax

Undergraduates who have taken both may petition the instructor for admission. This course is an advanced graduate seminar in syntax. Through readings from the primary research literature, we will investigate the nature, properties, and precise formulation of some of the elementary (and perhaps some not-so-elementary) operations that build the syntactic structures of human language.

 

M, 2:30-5:20

 

2022-23 Autumn

LING 47900 Research Seminar

The course aims to guide students on their research in a structured way and to present professionalization information crucial to success in the field. The course is organized largely around working on the research paper, with the goal of making it a conference-presentable and journal-publishable work. Topics covered include abstracts, publishing, handouts, presentation skills, course design, creating and maintaining a CV, cover letters, webpages, and in general everything that is required for you to successfully compete for jobs in linguistics.

 

W, 1:30-3:20

2022-23 Autumn

MOGK 10100/MOGK 30100 Elementary Modern Greek I

This course aims to develop elementary proficiency in spoken and written Modern Greek and to introduce elements of cultural knowledge. The course will familiarize the students with the Greek alphabet, Modern Greek pronunciation rules and the basic morphology and syntax, with an emphasis on reading and conversational skills. The students will be able to communicate minimally with formulaic and rote utterances and produce words, phrases and lists.

 

MWF, 3:30-4:20

2022-23 Autumn

SWAH 25200/SWAH 35200 Swahili I

Swahili is the most popular language of Sub-Saharan Africa, spoken in most countries of Eastern and Central Africa by more than 50 million people.  Swahili is characterized by the typical complex Bantu structure.  However, it is particularly easy to pronounce and fast learned.

The Elementary Swahili series is designed to help students acquire communicative competence in Swahili and a basic understanding of its structures. The course presents basic phonological, grammatical, and syntactic patterns of Kiswahili. Through a variety of exercises, students develop communicative functionality in listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Emphasis is put on dialogues and role-plays, individual and group presentations, and the use of audiovisual and web-based resources.  Swahili culture and African culture in general are an important component of the course.

At the end of the elementary course series, the students are able to communicate efficiently in everyday life situations, write and present short descriptive notes about elementary pieces of verbal creation (documentaries and video series in Swahili)

 

TTH, 11:00-12:20

2022-23 Autumn

SWAH 26800/SWAH 36800 Intermediate Swahili I

Students focus on broadening their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in this course.

 

TTH, 2:00-3:20

Prerequisites

SWAH 25400 or consent of instructor

2022-23 Autumn

20001 Introduction to Linguistics

This course offers a brief survey of how linguists analyze the structure and the use of language. Looking at the structure of language means understanding what phonemes, words, and sentences are, and how each language establishes principles for the combinations of these things and for their use; looking at the use of language means understanding the ways in which individuals and groups use language to declare their social identities and the ways in which languages can change over time. The overarching theme is understanding what varieties of language structure and use are found across the world's languages and cultures, and what limitations on this variety exist.

TTH 11:00 am – 12:20 pm

2022-23 Winter

20200 Intermediate Modern Greek II

This course expands on the material presented in MOGK 20100, enabling students to speak about topics related to employment, current events and issues of public and community interest.

MWF 1:30 – 2:20 pm

Prerequisites

MOGK 20100 or placement.

2022-23 Winter

21000 Morphology

Why is the plural of child in English children and not *childs? Why is undoable ambiguous ((i) ‘unable to be done’, (ii) ‘able to be undone’), while unkillable isn’t (only ‘unable to be killed’)? Unhappier is intuitively composed of several, smaller pieces: un-, happy, and -er; but what about unkempt? These questions are the purview of MORPHOLOGY, the field of linguistics devoted to studying the internal structure of words and how they are formed. Consequently, in this course we will investigate the nature of morphemes, in all their cross-linguistic shapes and guises. To this end, we will become familiar with a particular theoretical framework in which to do morphological analysis. This framework is Distributed Morphology (DM), and it pursues the hypothesis that words are built in the same system that builds syntactic phrases. Key concepts which will frame our discussion include inflection, syncretism, allomorphy, and blocking.
 

TTH 9:30 – 10:50 am

Prerequisites

LING 20001: Introduction to Linguistics

2022-23 Winter

23920 Language of Deception and Humor

Crosslistings
SIGN 26030

In this course we will examine the language of deception and humor from a variety of perspectives: historical, developmental, neurological, and cross-cultural, and in a variety of contexts: fiction, advertising, politics, courtship, and everyday conversation. We will focus on the (linguistic) knowledge and skills that underlie the use of humor and deception and on what sorts of things they are used to communicate.

MW 1:30 – 2:50 pm

2022-23 Winter

29700 Reading and Research

Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form.

Prerequisites

Consent of instructor and linguistics undergraduate adviser.

Staff
2022-23 Winter

20050/30050 ASL Lit & Storytelling

This course develops advanced American Sign Language skills through the study of ASL Literature and Storytelling. Using several different genres of video-based ASL texts, we will study native signers use of stories in the Deaf American community. We will work towards comprehending, discussing, analyzing, and producing ASL stories. A high-intermediate to advanced knowledge of ASL is required.

TTH 11:00 am – 12:20 pm

Prerequisites

Complete ASLG 10300 or consent of instructor.

2022-23 Winter

30101 Phonological Analysis I

This course introduces cross-linguistic phonological phenomena and methods of analysis through an indepth examination of fundamental notions that transcend differences between theoretical approaches: contrast, neutralization, natural classes, distinctive features, and basic non-linear phonological processes (e.g., assimilation, harmony, dissimilation).

TTH 2:00 – 3:20 pm

2022-23 Winter

10200/30200 American Sign Language II

American Sign Language is the language of the deaf in the United States and much of Canada. It is a full-fledged autonomous language, unrelated to English or other spoken languages. This introductory course teaches the student basic vocabulary and grammatical structure, as well as aspects of deaf culture.

MWF 9:30 – 10:20 am, 10:30 – 11:20 am

Prerequisites

ASLG 10100

2022-23 Winter

10200/30200 Elementary Modern Greek II

This course offers a rapid review of the basic patterns of the language and expands the material presented in MOGK 10100/30100.

MWF 3:30 – 4:20 pm

Prerequisites

MOGK 10100/30100 or consent of instructor.

2022-23 Winter

10500/30500 Intermediate American Sign Language II

This course continues to increase grammatical structure, receptive and expressive skills, conversational skills, basic linguistic convergence, and knowledge of idioms. Field trip required.

MWF 11:30 am – 12:20 pm

Prerequisites

ASLG 10400.

2022-23 Winter

21300/31300 Historical Linguistics

Crosslistings
ANTH 47300

This course deals with the issue of variation and change in language. Topics include types, rates, and explanations of change; the differentiation of dialects and languages over time; determination and classification of historical relationships among languages, and reconstruction of ancestral stages; parallels with cultural and genetic evolutionary theory; and implications for the description and explanation of language in general.

TTH 3:30 – 4:50 pm

Prerequisites

Intro to Linguistics and Intro to Phonetics and Phonology or Graduate student status.

2022-23 Winter

25300/35300 Swahili II

Swahili is the most popular language of Sub-Saharan Africa, spoken in most countries of Eastern and Central Africa by more than 50 million people. Swahili is characterized by the typical complex Bantu structure. However, it is particularly easy to pronounce and fast learned.

The Elementary Swahili series is designed to help students acquire communicative competence in Swahili and a basic understanding of its structures. The course presents basic phonological, grammatical, and syntactic patterns of Kiswahili.

Through a variety of exercises, students develop communicative functionality in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Emphasis is put on dialogues and role-plays, individual and group presentations, and the use of audiovisual and web-based resources. Swahili culture and African culture in general are an important component of the course.

At the end of the elementary course series, the students are able to communicate efficiently in everyday life situations, write and present short descriptive notes about elementary pieces of verbal creation (documentaries and video series in Swahili). This course allows fulfilling the non-Indo-European language requirement.

TTH 11:00 am – 12:20 pm

 

Prerequisites

SWAH 25200 or consent of instructor.

2022-23 Winter

28355/38355 A Linguistic Introduction to Swahili I

Spoken in ten countries of Eastern and Central Africa, Swahili has more speakers than any other language in the Bantu family, a group of more than 400 languages most prevalent in sub-equatorial Africa. Based on Swahili Grammar and Workbook, this course helps the students master key areas of the Swahili language in a fast yet enjoyable pace. Topics include sound and intonation patterns, noun class agreements, verb moods, and sentence structures. Additionally, this course provides important listening and expressive reading skills. For advanced students, historical interpretations are offered for exceptional patterns observed in Swahili, in relation with other Bantu languages. This is a general introduction course with no specific prerequisites.

2022-23 Winter

28620/38620 Computational Linguistics

Crosslistings
CMSC 35620

This course is a graduate-level introduction to topics at the intersection of computation and language. We will study computational linguistics from both scientific and engineering angles: the use of computational modeling to address scientific questions in linguistics and cognitive science, as well as the design of computational systems to solve engineering problems in natural language processing (NLP). The course will combine analysis and discussion of these approaches with training in the programming and mathematical foundations necessary to put these methods into practice. The course is designed to accommodate students both with and without prior programming experience. Our goal is for all students to leave the course able to engage with and critically evaluate research in cognitive/linguistic modeling and NLP, and to be able to implement intermediate-level computational models for novel computational linguistics research.

TTH 11:00 am – 12:20 pm

Prerequisites

Computational Linguistics I or permission of instructor.

2022-23 Winter

47900 Research Seminar

The course aims to guide students on their research in a structured way and to present professionalization information crucial to success in the field. The course is organized largely around working on the research paper, with the goal of making it a conference-presentable and journal-publishable work. Topics covered include abstracts, publishing, handouts, presentation skills, course design, creating and maintaining a CV, cover letters, webpages, and in general everything that is required for you to successfully compete for jobs in linguistics.

W 12:00 – 1:50 pm

2022-23 Winter

48000 Pedagogy Workshop

This course deals with a variety of topics specific to Linguistic Pedagogy.

TH 3:30 – 4:50 pm

2022-23 Winter

60000 Reading and Research

This course is an independent study under the guidance of a faculty advisor, indicated by the section number. Please consult with the faculty member in question before enrolling.

Prerequisites

Departmental approval.

Staff
2022-23 Winter