The terms indicated are expected but are not guaranteed. For the courses offered during any given term, consult the Schedule of Classes.

505abc Seminar in Linguistics (1-1-1) a: Exploration of the professional world of linguistics for first semester graduate students. b: Preparation and presentation of M.A./Ph.D. screening papers; discussion of student research. c: Colloquium for presentation and discussion of student research paper. Graded CR/NC.

527 Second Language Acquisition (3, Sp) Concepts and issues in theoretical approaches to the study of non-primary language acquisition; e.g., linguistic and processing universals, language transfer, language learnability, fossilization. Prerequisite: departmental approval.

530 Generative Syntax (3) Introduction to syntax; transformational-generative syntax.

531ab Phonology (a: 3, Fa; b: 3, Sp) Traditional views of phonology; generative phonology; current developments in phonological research and theory. Prerequisite: departmental approval.

532 Current Issues in Syntactic Theory (3) Original literature, focusing whenever possible on issues in comparative syntax and their implications for universal grammar. Course complements LING 530.

534 Logic and the Theory of Meaning (3) An introduction to logic in preparation for advanced work in semantics and linguistic theory.

535 Syntax and Grammatical Theory (3, Sp) Principles and comparison of modern theories of grammar with special reference to syntax.

536 Semantics (3, Sp) Current linguistic approaches to the semantics of natural language; analysis of concepts of meaning and reference.

537 Advanced Syntax (3, max 9) Topics in advanced formal syntax; current literature leading to open questions in research; survey of important and controversial issues of current theoretical relevance.

539 Japanese/Korean Syntax and Theoretical Implications (3, max 9) Critical discussion of selected papers and dissertations on Japanese/Korean syntax and consideration of their theoretical implications.

540 Field Methods in Linguistics (3, max 6, Sp) Recording and analysis of a living language as employed by a native speaker of that language.

561 Topics and Issues in East Asian Linguistics (4, max 12) (Enroll in EALC 561)

576 Psycholinguistics (3) Theories of acquisition; sentence and discourse processing; language and thought.

579 Child Language Development (3, Sp) Acquisition of grammatical, discourse, and conversational competence; strategies and structures.

580 General Phonetics (3, Sp) Familiarization with articulation, transcription, production, and acoustic analysis of the speech sounds found in the world’s languages. Also speech technology, perception, and disorders. Includes laboratory exercises.

581 Topics in Advanced Phonology (3) Topics in advanced formal phonology; theoretical issues in the interface of phonology with other areas of linguistics; literature study on themes of current theoretical relevance. Recommended Preparation: LING 531ab.

582 Experimental Phonetics (3, FaSp) Source-filter theory, acoustic correlates of speech sounds, vocal tract and auditory physiology, coarticulation and motor coordination, speech technology including synthesis and recognition, experimental design and statistics, and speech perception. Prerequisite: LING 580.

585 Computational Linguistics (3) Using hands-on and research techniques, study of the role of linguistic knowledge and the procedures that implement it in computational systems that process natural language.

586 Advanced Psycholinguistics (3, max 9) Current issues in psycholinguistic theory.

590 Directed Research (1-12, FaSpSm) Research leading to the master’s degree. Maximum units which may be applied to the degree to be determined by the department. Graded CR/NC.

593x Practicum in Teaching the Liberal Arts: Linguistics (2) Practical principles for the long-term development of effective teaching with college disciplines. Grades BR/NC. Only open to doctoral students.

595 Directed Readings (1-4, FaSpSm) Maximum units which may be applied to the degree to be determined by the department.

602 Seminar in Experimental Methods in Linguistics (3) Topics in quantitative methods in linguistics research, e.g., covariance structure analysis, multi-dimensional scaling, log linear model, meta-analysis.

610 Seminar in Linguistic Theory (3, max 12, Sp)

631 Seminar in Phonological Theory (3, max 12, Fa)

632 Seminar in Phonetics (3, max 12, FaSp) Readings in phonetic theory and current research as the framework for a discussion-oriented class. Prerequisite: LING 580.

635 Seminar in Syntax (3, max 12, FaSp)

636 Seminar in Semantics (3, max 12, Fa)

676 Seminar in Psycholinguistics (3, max 12, Sp)

790 Research (1-12, FaSpSm) Research leading to the doctorate. Maximum units which may be applied to the degree to be determined by the department. Graded CR/NC.

794abcdz Doctoral Dissertation (2-2-2-2-0, FaSpSm) Credit on acceptance of dissertation. Graded IP/CR/NC.


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