Honours Linguistics (60 credits)

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Offered by: Linguistics     Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Program Requirements

Revision, August 2011. Start of revision. Honours students must maintain a GPA of 3.30 (B+ average) in their program courses and a minimum grade of B+ must be obtained in three out of four of the following courses: LING 330, LING 331, LING 360, LING 371, as well as in the Honours Thesis, LING 480D1/D2. According to Faculty of Arts regulations, Honours students must also maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.00 in general. The requirement for First Class Honours is a CGPA of 3.50 and a minimum grade of A- in the Honours Thesis. Inquiries may be addressed to the departmental office or to the Adviser for Undergraduate Studies.

Required Courses (24 credits)

  • LING 201 Introduction to Linguistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : Primarily for students intending to take further courses in linguistics. Topics include: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. Students will be introduced to techniques of linguistic analysis.

    Terms: Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Summer 2012

    Instructors: Junko Shimoyama (Fall) Bernhard Schwarz (Winter)

    • Fall and Winter
    • No prerequisite.
  • LING 330 Phonetics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : Intensive training in the identification and production of speech sounds. Phonemic analysis. The investigation of how sounds function within a system.

    Terms: Winter 2012

    Instructors: Heather Goad (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: LlNG 201
  • LING 331 Phonology 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : Introduction to phonological theory and analysis.

    Terms: Fall 2011

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2011-2012 academic year.

  • LING 360 Introduction to Semantics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : Introduction to the rudiments of semantics, focusing on those aspects of meaning that are invariant across contexts and the ways in which the meaning of a complex expression is determined by the meanings of its constituents.

    Terms: Fall 2011

    Instructors: Brendan S Gillon (Fall)

  • LING 371 Syntax 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : Introduction to the study of generative syntax of natural languages, emphasizing basic concepts and formalism: phrase structure rules, transformations, and conditions on rules.

    Terms: Winter 2012

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2011-2012 academic year.

  • LING 480D1 Honours Thesis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : Honours thesis.

    Terms: Fall 2011

    Instructors: Junko Shimoyama, Larissa Nossalik, Brendan S Gillon (Fall)

  • LING 480D2 Honours Thesis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : See LING 480D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2012

    Instructors: Larissa Nossalik, Brendan S Gillon, Junko Shimoyama (Winter)

  • PHIL 210 Introduction to Deductive Logic 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An introduction to propositional and predicate logic; formalization of arguments, truth tables, systems of deduction, elementary metaresults, and related topics.

    Terms: Fall 2011, Summer 2012

    Instructors: Michael Frank Hallett (Fall)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who are taking or have taken MATH 318

Complementary Courses (36 credits)

36 credits with 24 credits in Linguistics and 12 credits in related fields.

24 linguistics (LING) credits are selected as follows:

15 linguistics credits must be at the 400 or 500 level,
3 of which are selected from the following list, and
9 other credits in linguistics, usually at the 200 or 300 level.

  • LING 425 Historical Linguistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : An examination of how languages change over time and the methods that allow us to study linguistic history. Topics include: types of language change (sound change, anology, etc.) linguistic reconstruction, the origins of modern languages.

    Terms: Fall 2011

    Instructors: Charles Soren Boberg (Fall)

  • LING 450 Laboratory Linguistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : Students with a background in some core area(s) of linguistics will learn how to test linguistic theories in the lab. The focus is on learning by doing: Students will design and carry out their own experiments, and will learn some basic statistics to evaluate them.

    Terms: Winter 2012

    Instructors: Michael Wagner (Winter)

  • LING 451 Acquisition of Phonology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : Exploration of the development of prosodic and segmental structure in children, with an emphasis on current theoretically-informed work in this area.

    Terms: Winter 2012

    Instructors: Heather Goad (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: LING 331; a course in language acquisition highly recommended.
  • LING 455 Second Language Syntax (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : The nature of the linguistic knowledge acquired by second language learners, focusing on description and explanation of second language syntax and morphology.

    Terms: Winter 2012

    Instructors: Larissa Nossalik (Winter)

  • LING 520 Sociolinguistics 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : A seminar on variationist "micro-sociolinguistics", including a survey of the most important primary literature on sociolinguistic variation and introduction to sociolinguistic fieldwork.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2011-2012 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2011-2012 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: LING 320 or permission of instructor.
  • LING 521 Dialectology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : An introduction to the theory and methods of dialectology (the study of regional variation in language) with an emphasis on connections with linguistic theory. Students will also acquire a practical knowledge of major differences among dialects of English, and will gain hands-on experience in the planning, implementation and analysis of a dialect survey.

    Terms: Winter 2012

    Instructors: Charles Soren Boberg (Winter)

  • LING 530 Acoustic Phonetics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : This course will introduce students to the fundamental principles of acoustic phonetics, focusing on an acoustic model of sound production by the vocal tract and the principles and techniques of acoustic analysis of speech. Classes will be a mix of lectures and hands-on lab-based activities and class discussions.

    Terms: Fall 2011

    Instructors: Meghan Clayards (Fall)

  • LING 555 Language Acquisition 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : A detailed overview of recent experimental work on first language acquisition of syntax within the principles and parameters framework, concentrating on both theoretical and methodological issues.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2011-2012 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2011-2012 academic year.

  • LING 590 Language Acquisition and Breakdown (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : Theoretical and experimental perspectives on an imperfect language faculty, in the context of current linguistic theory and state-of-the-art experimental methods and techniques. Comparison of linguistic abilities of normally developing children, children with language disorders (e.g., SLI), and adults with disrupted linguistic abilities (e.g., aphasic patients).

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2011-2012 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Other Fields

12 credits in related fields selected from the following list.

Computer Science

  • COMP 202 Foundations of Programming (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Introduction to programming in a modern high-level language, modular software design and debugging. Programming concepts are illustrated using a variety of application areas.

    Terms: Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Summer 2012

    Instructors: Jorg Andreas Kienzle, Daniel Pomerantz (Fall) Daniel Pomerantz, Xue Liu (Winter) Daniel Pomerantz (Summer)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: a CEGEP level mathematics course
    • Restrictions: COMP 202 and COMP 208 cannot both be taken for credit. COMP 202 is intended as a general introductory course, while COMP 208 is intended for students interested in scientific computation. COMP 202 cannot be taken for credit with or after COMP 250

French Language and Literature

  • FREN 231 Linguistique française (3 credits)

    Offered by: French Language & Literature (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    French (Arts) : Bref historique de la linguistique française de F. de Saussure à nos jours. Description linguistique du français moderne (éléments de phonologie, de phonétique normative, de lexicologie, de sémantique évolutive et synchronique, de syntaxe et de morphologie).

    Terms: Fall 2011

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2011-2012 academic year.

  • FREN 336 La langue française (3 credits)

    Offered by: French Language & Literature (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    French (Arts) : Histoire de la langue française, du bas-latin à la langue moderne. Étude de l'évolution phonétique, syntaxique, sémantique. Étude de textes des différentes époques.

    Terms: Winter 2012

    Instructors: Chantal Bouchard (Winter)

  • FREN 434 Sociolinguistique du français (3 credits)

    Offered by: French Language & Literature (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    French (Arts) : Éléments de sociolinguistique et leur application aux pays francophones. Rapports entre les aspects phonologiques, grammaticaux et lexicologiques du parler et le milieu social. Langues en contact, planification linguistique.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2011-2012 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Language

Any course in language (other than the student's native language) - literature courses are not acceptable.

Mathematics

  • MATH 240 Discrete Structures 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Mathematical foundations of logical thinking and reasoning. Mathematical language and proof techniques. Quantifiers. Induction. Elementary number theory. Modular arithmetic. Recurrence relations and asymptotics. Combinatorial enumeration. Functions and relations. Partially ordered sets and lattices. Introduction to graphs, digraphs and rooted trees.

    Terms: Fall 2011

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2011-2012 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Corequisite: MATH 133.
    • Restriction: For students in any Computer Science program. Others only with the instructor's permission. Not open to students who have taken or are taking MATH 235.
  • MATH 328 Computability and Mathematical Linguistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Calculability on an infinite abacus is compared with recursive functions and Turing machines. Categorial, context-free, generative and transformational grammars are studied for formal and natural languages, with some emphasis on English and French morphology. Machines for generating and recognizing sentences are discussed.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2011-2012 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2011-2012 academic year.

    • Winter

Philosophy

  • PHIL 304 Chomsky (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : Philosophical aspects of Chomsky's contribution to psychology, linguistic theory, theories of human nature, and to politics.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2011-2012 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2011-2012 academic year.

  • PHIL 306 Philosophy of Mind (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A survey of major positions of the mind-body problem, focusing on such questions as: Do we have minds and bodies? Can minds affect bodies? Is mind identical to body? If so, in what sense "identical"? Can physical bodies be conscious.

    Terms: Fall 2011

    Instructors: Ian Jeffrey Gold (Fall)

  • PHIL 415 Philosophy of Language (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of central notions in the philosophy of language (reference, meaning, and truth, e.g.), the puzzles these notions give rise to, and the relevance of these notions to such questions as: What is language? How is communication possible? What is understanding? Is language rule-governed.

    Terms: Fall 2011

    Instructors: Michael Blome-Tillmann (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: PHIL 210 or equivalent and one intermediate course in philosophy
  • PHIL 515 Seminar: Philosophy of Language (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An advanced course devoted to a topic in the philosophy of language.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2011-2012 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2011-2012 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: PHIL 415 or written permission of the instructor
    • Restriction: Seminars are open only to graduate students and final year Philosophy Majors, Honours and Joint Honours students, except by written permission of the Department

Psychology

  • PSYC 311 Human Cognition and the Brain (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The course is an introduction to the field studying how human cognitive processes, such as perception, attention, language, learning and memory, planning and organization, are related to brain processes. The material covered is primarily based on studies of the effects of different brain lesions on cognition and studies of brain activity in relation to cognitive processes with modern functional neuroimaging methods.

    Terms: Fall 2011, Summer 2012

    Instructors: Michalakis Petrides (Fall) Michalakis Petrides (Summer)

    • Fall
    • 2 lectures; 1 conference
  • PSYC 316 Psychology of Deafness (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Basic introduction to the field of deafness from a psychological perspective. Topics include effect of deafness on sensory, perceptual, cognitive, intellectual and linguistic processes. Impact of deafness on children and families.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2011-2012 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2011-2012 academic year.

    • Fall
    • 2 lectures; 1 conference
    • Prerequisite: PSYC 100 or equivalent or permission of instructor
  • PSYC 340 Psychology of Language (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : A survey of issues in psycholinguistics, focusing on the nature and processing of language (e.g., how we understand speech sounds, words, sentences, and discourse). Also surveyed: language and thought, the biological foundations of language, and first language acquisition.

    Terms: Winter 2012

    Instructors: Debra Ann Titone (Winter)

  • PSYC 341 The Psychology of Bilingualism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : This course will examine issues in bilingualism, including second language acquisition in children and adults, critical period hypothesis, cognitive consequences and correlates of bilingualism, social psychological aspects of bilingualism, and bilingual education.

    Terms: Winter 2012

    Instructors: Fred H Genesee (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 2 lectures
    • Prerequisites: Introductory Psychology, and PSYC 340 or introduction to linguistics; or permission of instructor
  • PSYC 343 Language Learning in Children (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : This course will examine the human capacities that make the profound feat of language acquisition possible. Topics will include analyses of empirical, methodological, and theoretical issues in language acquisition and will draw upon evidence from the cognitive neuroscience, psycholinguistic, linguistic and philosophical literatures.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2011-2012 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2011-2012 academic year.

    • 2 lectures plus conference
  • PSYC 530 Applied Topics in Deafness (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Covers fundamental topics in deafness (sensory, perceptual, cognitive, social, linguistic, education and health issues) from an applied psychological perspective. Lectures and seminar presentations plus field work involving ASL/LSQ.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2011-2012 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2011-2012 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: PSYC 340 or PSYC 316 or equivalent. Permission of instructor
  • PSYC 532 Cognitive Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The multi-disciplinary study of intelligent systems. Problems in vision, memory, categorization, choice, problem solving, cognitive development, syntax, language acquisition, and rationality. Rule-based and connectionist approaches.

    Terms: Fall 2011, Winter 2012

    Instructors: Thomas R Shultz (Fall) Stevan Harnad (Winter)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: Admission to the Cognitive Science Minor or permission of instructor. Students should ideally have some cognitive science background in at least two disciplines
  • PSYC 561 Methods: Developmental Psycholinguistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : Approaches and methods used in investigations of the development of language and communication. A case study approach, observational-correlational approach versus experimental-manipulative approach, cross sectional design versus longitudinal design.

    Terms: Winter 2012

    Instructors: Yuriko Oshima-Takane (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hour lectures
    • Prerequisites: PSYC 340 and LING 355 or equivalent or permission of instructor.

Statistics

Any course in statistics (from any department).

Revision, August 2011. End of revision.

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