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Major Concentration Linguistics (36 credits)

Offered by: Linguistics     Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Program Requirements

Required Courses (18 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 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

    Instructors: Jessica Coon Burgess, Alexandra Simonenko (Fall) Junko Shimoyama, Walter Pedersen (Winter)

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

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : Transcription, identification, and production of speech sounds. Introduction to the acoustic properties of speech sounds, acoustic analysis of speech, and auditory phonetics.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Morgan Sonderegger (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 2013

    Instructors: Emily Elfner (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: LING 330.
  • 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 2013

    Instructors: Brendan S Gillon (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: LING 201 and PHIL 210
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken LING 370.
  • 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 2014

    Instructors: Lisa De Mena Travis (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: LING 201.
  • 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 2013, Summer 2014

    Instructors: Michael Frank Hallett (Fall)

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

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

18 credits in Linguistics (LING) selected as follows:

9 credits must be at the 400 or 500 level,
3 credits must be selected from the following list, and
6 credits can be chosen according to the student's interests.

Note: If a 400- or 500-level course is chosen from the following list, it may be used toward the 9 credits of 400- or 500-level courses; the remaining 9 credits can then be chosen according to the student's interests.

  • LING 320 Sociolinguistics 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : A survey of language in its social context. The main focus will be on the influence of social factors like age, gender, social class and speech style on linguistic variation and change. Contact amongst languages (e.g. in Montreal) and the birth and death of languages will also be discussed.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: LING 201.
  • LING 325 Canadian English (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : A diverse, interdisciplinary set of perspectives on the English language in Canada, including its status as one of many Canadian languages and as the expressive medium of English-Canadian culture, the history of English-speaking settlement in Canada, and linguistic analysis of its main distinguishing features, regional variation and changes in progress.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: LING 200 or LING 201 or permission of the instructor
  • LING 350 Linguistic Aspects of Bilingualism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : Linguistic competence and performance in bilinguals: the organization of the bilingual's grammar. Syntactic constraints on code mixing: How many grammars are involved? Unidirectional and bidirectional grammatical interference. Structural distance between genetically related and unrelated languages and its effect on the organization of the bilingual's grammar.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Maire Noonan (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: LING 200 or LING 201
  • LING 355 Language Acquisition 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : A critical study of the application of linguistic theory and description to first and second language learning. Topics include: the acquisition of sounds, syntax and word meanings; acquisition strategies; properties of the input; theories of first and second language acquisition.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Larissa Nossalik (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: LING 201.
  • LING 390 Neuroscience of Language (3 credits)

    Offered by: Linguistics (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Linguistics : The neurobiological study of the human language faculty. Theoretical and experimental approaches to neurolinguistics, focusing on linguistic capacity in the healthy and damaged brain.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: An introductory course in Linguistics, Psychology or Neuroscience at the 200 level or above.
  • 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: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: LING 330 and LING 320 or permission of instructor.
  • 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: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Michael Wagner (Fall)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisites: LING 201 and either LING 330 or LING 331, or permission of instructor.
  • 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: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • 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: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: LING 301 or LING 371.
  • 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 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 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: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Prerequisites: LING 330 and LING 320.
  • 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 2013

    Instructors: Meghan Clayards (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: LING 201 and LING 330 or permission of instructor
  • 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 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: LING 355 and LING 371 and permission of instructor
  • 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 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: LING 371 and either LING 355 or LING 390.
Faculty of Arts—2013-2014 (last updated Aug. 21, 2013) (disclaimer)