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CAS LX 250

Introduction to Linguistics

A1 Barnes TR 11-12:30 LSE B01
S1 Barnes F 9-10 GCB 201
S2 Barnes F 10-11 GCB 201
S3 Barnes F 11-12 GCB 201
S4 Barnes F 12-1 GCB 201
S5 Barnes F 1-2 GCB 201
S6 Barnes F 2-3 GCB 201
Study of the fundamental properties that all languages share, and of how languages differ, with respect to structure (sound system, word formation, syntax), expression of meaning, acquisition, variation, and change; cultural and artistic uses of languages; comparison of oral, written, and signed languages. [Prereq: none]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • Students signing up for CAS LX 250 A1 should also sign up for one of the Friday discussion sections.

CAS LX 500

Topics in Linguistics: The Linguistics of Contemporary English

A1 Alrenga TR 3:30-5 KCB 107

CAS LX 501

Linguistic Field Methods

web A1 O'Connor TR 9:30-11 KCB 201
An in-depth investigation of the phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and lexicon of an African or other non-Indo-European language. Weekly sessions with language consultant. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]

CAS LX 502

Semantics I

web A1 Alrenga TR 11-12:30 GCB 205
Semantics is the study of linguistic meaning. In this course, we will examine meaning from a variety of perspectives, including: how it is encoded in words and sentences, how native speakers interpret language, and how truth and falsehood can emerge from the complexity of the grammar. We will also touch on various aspects of pragmatics - the function of meaning in a communicative setting. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

CAS LX 513

Phonology

A1 Barnes TR 2-3:30 KCB 104
Introduction to the sound system of language. Study and analysis of physical and mental aspects of sound production in speech and the system in which sounds are organized. Phonological rules, processes, and universals are examined through consideration of various languages. [Prereq: CAS LX 510 Phonetics or consent of instructor.]

CAS LX 521

Morphology

web A1 Baronian MWF 12-1 KCB 107
Morphology, the study of the internal structure and the shapes of words across languages, straddles the boundary between syntax and phonology. This course covers the major empirical and theoretical issues in the study of morphology, emphasizing links to other components of grammar. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

CAS LX 523

Syntax II

web A1 Hagstrom M 4-7 KCB 107
Investigation of syntactic commonalities and differences across languages. Scrutiny of evidence and argumentation from past and current analyses, focusing on construction of strong arguments. Topics include movement, passives, question formation, syntactic micro-structure, and interaction with semantics, pragmatics, and phonology. [Prereq: CAS LX 522 Syntax I or consent of instructor.]

CAS LX 540

Acquisition of Syntax

web A1 Hagstrom TR 12:30-2 KCB 104
A general introduction to the study of first and second language acquisition within the framework of generative grammar, focused on the development of syntax. Topics include: the development of syntactic structure, verb movement, finiteness, null subjects, binding, and questions. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]
 
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CAS LF/LX 506

Topics in French Linguistics: Parlers francais d'Amerique du Nord (French dialects of North America)

web A1 Baronian MWF 10-11 CAS B25A
(Conducted in French) Population history and demography. Dialectal divisions. Phonological, morphological, syntactic, and lexical features. French in Quebec, Acadia, NY/New England, Missouri, and Louisiana. Hypotheses on the genesis of certain dialects. Analysis of certain Creole features (Haitian, Louisiana, Lesser Antilles) from a comparative perspective. [Prereq: CAS LF 303 and CAS LX 250 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.]
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