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Linguistics

Introduction to Linguistics
Linguistics 100 Bonvillain
3 credits
This course presents an overview of the field of linguistics, introducing basic concepts, topics, and analytic methods. It includes study of the structure of language (systems of sound, structure, and meaning), nonverbal communication, historical and comparative linguistics, and language acquisition. No prerequisites.
This course is generally offered once a year.
English Grammar
Linguistics 101m Bonvillain
2 credits
This course centers on a linguistic analysis of the rules and formative processes of English grammar. Topics include analyses of word-formation and clausal and sentence structure. In addition to readings about English grammar, students will do grammatical exercises, learning and applying the techniques of sentence analysis. No prerequisites.
This course is generally offered once every two years. Last taught S12.
Language and Power
Linguistics 216m Bonvillain
2 credits
This course examines interconnections between language and power relations. Language form and linguistic usage are shown to be influenced by contextual features of inequalities in the social power of participants. Linguistic usage is informed by such parameters as class, gender, race, ethnicity, and social status as demonstrated by casual and formal interactions in everyday contexts as well as in institutional settings such as medicine and law. The role that language in the media plays in solidifying and furthering social and political power relations will also be studied. Prerequisites: One course in social studies or linguistics.
This course is generally offered once every two years. Last taught F10.
Language and Gender
Linguistics 218m Bonvillain
2 credits
This module course examines relationships between language and gender. Specifically, how and to what extent are gender differences manifested in language? Do women and men employ alternatives of pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammatical structure? Are men’s and women’s conversational strategies significantly different? Do languages encode divergent cultural messages about women and men through the ways in which they label or talk about people? Although the majority of data considered is derived from English, linguistic and cultural evidence from other societies is also explored. Prerequisites: One course in social studies or linguistics.
This course is generally offered once every two years. Last taught F10.
History of the English Language
Linguistics 280 van Kerckvoorde
3 credits
This course explores the development of the English language, including Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English, and contemporary English. In addition to studying the internal history of English, the course will emphasize social and political events that shaped and transformed the language. We will also pay attention to literatures of the different historical periods and the development of a writing system and spelling rules. We will examine various dialects that developed as English grew more and more prominent to assume the status of a world language.This course is generally offered once every three or four years.
Last taught F09.
Native American Languages
Linguistics 304 CP Bonvillain
4 credits
This course examines the structures of Native American languages. It consists of readings that present the phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic systems of languages representing each of the language families indigenous to North America. Prerequisite: Linguistics 100 or equivalent.
This course is generally offered once every two years. Last taught S11.
Topics in Syntax and Morphology
Linguistics 305m Bonvillain
2 credits
This course presents readings in theories and methods of morphological and syntactic analysis. Readings and analytic problems acquaint students with principles of analyzing word formation patterns (morphology) and of phrasal and sentence construction (syntax). Structural and generative theories will be explored. Data will be drawn from indigenous, non-European, and European languages. Prerequisite: Linguistics 100 or its equivalent.
This course is generally offered once every two years. Last taught S12.