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Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 250

Introduction to Linguistics

web A1 Plaster TR 5-6:15 pm CAS 313
S1 Jessee F 9:05-9:55 CAS 320
S2 Jessee F 10:10-11 CAS 320
S3 Gerrish F 11:15-12:05 BRB 122
S4 Jessee F 12:20-1:10 SOC B61
S5 Gerrish F 1:25-2:15 CAS 312
S6 Gerrish F 2:30-3:20 KCB 103
S7 Jeannette F 11:15-12:05 KCB 104
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 321

Syntax: Introduction to Sentential Structure

web A1 Hagstrom
TR 11-12:15 CAS 325
Introduction to syntax as an object of inquiry. Students build an increasingly sophisticated model of syntactic knowledge to account for data from English and other languages, constructing and evaluating alternative hypotheses about how sentence structure works. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]
[Meets with GRS LX 621; Previously offered as CAS LX 522 "Syntax I"]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

CAS LX 331

Semantics & Pragmatics: Introduction to Linguistic Meaning

web A1 Alrenga TR 12:30-1:45 CAS 218
Systematic examination of how meaning is encoded in words and sentences, and how it can emerge from the complexity of the grammar. This course also touches on various aspects of pragmatics—the study of how meaning is shaped by context. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]
[Meets with GRS LX 631; Previously offered as CAS LX 502 "Semantics I"]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

CAS LX 341


web A1 Ngom MWF 10:10-11 CAS B25B
Sociolinguistics, broadly construed, is the investigation of relations between linguistic phenomena and human social life. This course covers several recent theoretical approaches to the study of language and society: variational sociolinguistics, ethnography of communication, and international sociolinguistics. Also covered are development of pidgins and creoles, multilingualism, language choice, and other aspects of language and culture. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or AN 351 Language, Culture, and Society; or consent of instructor.]
[Meets with GRS LX 641; Also offered as CAS AN 521]

CAS LX 359

Interrupted Acquisition and Language Attrition

web A1 Chang MWF 12:20-1:10 CAS B06B
Examines native language knowledge and change in speakers who have become dominant in another language. Topics include differences among heritage speakers, international adoptees, and adult second language learners; language change in expatriates; and environmental and affective factors conditioning language loss. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]
[Meets with GRS LX 659; Previously offered as CAS LX 546 "Incomplete Acquisition and Language Attrition"]

CAS LX 364

The Linguistics of Contemporary English

web A1 Alrenga TR 9:30-10:45 CAS 220
Systematic introduction to the linguistic analysis of modern English (phonology, morphology, syntax) from the perspective of generative grammar. Other topics include: English and its West Germanic relatives, non-standard varieties and the development of standard English, varieties of World Englishes. [Note that this will count as a course in the linguistic analysis of a specific language for purposes of satisfying requirements for the Linguistics major.] Also offered as CAS EN 514. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]
[Meets with GRS LX 664; Previously offered as CAS LX 406 "The Linguistics of Contemporary English"]

CAS LX 391

Linguistic Field Methods

web A1 Myler TR 2-3:15 PSY B53
F 9:05-9:55 CAS 114A
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.]
[Meets with GRS LX 691; Previously offered as CAS LX 501 "Linguistic Field Methods"]

CAS LX 423

Advanced Syntax: Issues in Modern Syntactic Theory

web A1 Hagstrom T 3:30-4:45 COM 210
Exploration of advanced topics in syntax, chosen in part based on student interest, through reading and critical discussion of both foundational and recent literature. [Prereq: CAS LX 321 / GRS LX 621 Syntax: Introduction to Sentential Structure (or CAS LX 522) or consent of instructor.]
[Meets with GRS LX 723; Previously offered as CAS LX 523 "Syntax II"]
Related courses at BU
Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LG 315

Introduction to German Linguistics

A1 Waters TR 2-3:15 STH 636
(Conducted in English) Introduction to major subfields of German linguistics: phonetics/phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, historical linguistics, regional variation, and sociolinguistic aspects such as gender and English influence. Includes familiarization with Middle High German. Course also aims to improve students’ German pronunciation and awareness of grammar. [Prereq: CAS LG 211 or equivalent proficiency]

CAS PH 160

Reasoning and Argumentation

A1 Webb MWF 9-10 CAS 211
B1 Anderson TR 3:30-5 CAS 211
A systematic study of the principles of both deductive and informal reasoning, calculated to enhance students' actual reasoning skills, with an emphasis on reasoning and argumentation in ordinary discourse.

CAS PH 360


A1 Floyd TR 11-12:30 CAS 229
Study of the basics of modern logic, including propositional logic, quantifiers, identity and functions, completeness and incompleteness. A special emphasis is placed on strategies of deductive reasoning. [Prereq: one philosophy course or sophomore standing.]
[Meets with GRS PH 633]

SAR SH 505

Introduction to Phonological Disorders

A1 Boucher WF 12:20-2:05 SAR 300
This course provides an overview of current models of normal and disordered phonological development. Students examine and practice evidenced-based principles and practical applications of assessment, analysis, diagnosis, and remediation approaches and procedures to facilitate critical thinking and problem-solving abilities to apply to working with individuals with a variety of phonological disorders. [Prereq: SAR SH 521 and SH 524 ]

SAR SH 524

Language Acquisition

A1 He TR 9:30-11 CGS TBA
This course will focus on first language acquisition in infancy and childhood. We will cover the progression of language development in each of the traditional areas of linguistic analysis: phonology, semantics, syntax, and pragmatics. The course will be focused on experimental research in typical language acquisition and on different theories that strive to explain the underlying cognitive and linguistic mechanisms at work in an early learner.

SED DE 672

Structure of American Sign Language

A1 Caselli M 4:30-7:15 SED 406
Structural linguistic study of specific aspects of phonology, morphology, syntax, and lexicology in ASL. Concepts of language variation, dialect, creolization, and bilingualism. [Prereq: SED LS 560 or CAS LX 250.]