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CAS LX 205

The Origins of Writing

A1 Nikolaev MWF 2:30-3:20 CAS 116
An overview of the major writing systems of the world: Egyptian and Mayan hieroglyphs, Sumerian and Akkadian cuneiform, West Semitic consonantal scripts (abjads), East Asian scripts, runes, and Greek and Roman alphabets. This course has a considerable linguistic component supplemented by historical information about ancient languages and cultures.
    Also offered as CAS CL 205. [Note that this course does *not* satisfy the prerequisite of CAS LX 250 for higher level linguistics courses.]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas:
    • Historical consciousness
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Communication
    • Teamwork/Collaboration

CAS LX 250

Introduction to Linguistics

A1 Neidle TR 2-3:15 CAS 224
S1 Hanlin F 9:05-9:55 WED 212
S2 Clapp F 10:10-11 CGS 323
S3 Hanlin F 11:15-12:05 SAR 300
S4 Clapp F 12:20-1:35 KCB 201
S5 Reffel F 1:25-2:15 WED 208
S6 Reffel F 2:30-3:20 WED 208
S7 Clapp F 1:25-2:15 WED 406
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]
  • Students signing up for CAS LX 250 A1 should also sign up for one of the Friday discussion sections.
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas:
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Critical Thinking

CAS LX 331

Semantics & Pragmatics: Introduction to Linguistic Meaning

A1 Coppock TR 11-12:15 CAS 426
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.
Please note that this course cannot be taken for credit towards the MA or PhD program in Linguistics.]
[Meets with GRS LX 631; Previously offered as CAS LX 502 "Semantics I"]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas:
    • The Individual in Community
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Critical Thinking

CAS LX 341

Sociolinguistics

A1 Ngom MWF 10:10-11 CAS 208
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 342

Language, Race, and Gender

A1 Erker TR 9:30-10:45 CAS 116
Do women talk differently from men? How do race and ethnicity relate to the way people use language? This course examines these inter-related questions from the perspective of modern sociolinguistic theory, analyzing a range of languages and communities throughout the world. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]
[Meets with GRS LX 642; Previously offered as CAS LX 320 "Language, Race, and Gender"]
  • No longer automatically satisfies course requirements for the minor in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. However, students who wish to have this course count towards the minor can petition the Director of Undergraduate Studies in WGS.

CAS LX 350

Crosslinguistic Approaches to Language Acquisition

A1 Hagstrom TR 3:30-4:45 CAS 312
Exploration, within the framework of generative grammar, of how similarities and differences in the acquisition patterns of syntax, semantics, and morphology across typologically diverse languages provide key evidence about the essential nature of first and second language acquisition. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor]
[Meets with GRS LX 650]

CAS LX 391

Linguistic Field Methods

A1 Barnes MWF 11:15-12:05 CAS 229
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 394

Natural Language Processing and Computational Linguistics

A1 Hagstrom M 2:30-5:15 CAS 229
Introduction to computational techniques to explore linguistic models and test empirical claims. Serves as an introduction to programming, algorithms, and data structures, focused on modern applications to NLP. Topics include tagging and classification, parsing models, meaning representation, and information extraction.

Note: Intended for students with no background in computer programming. Cannot be taken concurrently with or after CAS CS 111. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 or consent of instructor]
[Meets with GRS LX 694]
  • Carries divisional credit for Math and Computer Science in CAS.
  • This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas:
    • Quantitative Reasoning II
    • Research & Information Literacy

CAS LX 403

Phonological Analysis

A1 Barnes MWF 9:05-9:55 CAS B06B
Survey of phonological theory and analysis, with focus on crosslinguistic typology of phonological systems. Phonological reasoning and argumentation skills are developed. Empirical coverage includes contrast, distinctive features, rules and constraints, opacity, tone, syllabification, stress, and interactions with morphology and syntax. [Prereq: CAS LX 301/ GRS LX 601 (or CAS LX 510) or consent of instructor.]
[Meets with GRS LX 703; Previously offered as CAS LX 513 "Phonology"]

CAS LX 423

Advanced Syntax: Issues in Modern Syntactic Theory

A1 Iovtcheva TR 11-12:15 PSY B55
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 422 GRS LX 722 Intermediate Syntax (or CAS LX 522) or consent of instructor]
[Meets with GRS LX 723; Previously offered as CAS LX 523 "Syntax II"]

CAS LX 433

Intermediate Pragmatics: Meaning in Context

A1 Coppock TR 2-3:15 CAS 204B
An exploration of linguistic pragmatics, the study of language use and the relation between meaning and context. We will cover both classic texts and modern empirical studies on various sorts of context-sensitivity in language. [Prereq: CAS LX 331/ GRS LX 631 Semantics & Pragmatics: Introduction to Linguistic Meaning (or CAS LX 502) or consent of instructor.]
[Meets with GRS LX 733; Previously offered as CAS LX 504 "Topics in Pragmatics"]
 
Related courses at BU
Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LG 315

Introduction to German Linguistics

A1 Waters TR 12:30-1:45 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 Bokulich TR 11-12:15 CAS 313
B1 Anderson MWF 11:15-12:05 CAS 313
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.
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas:
    • Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings
    • Critical Thinking

CAS PH 360

Logic

A1 Floyd TR 2-3:15 SOC B57
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]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas:
    • Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings
    • Quantitative Reasoning I
    • Critical Thinking

CAS PH 463

Philosophy of Language

A1 Floyd M 2:30-5:15 CGS 525
Critical survey of the main issues in the philosophy of language and the foundations of linguistics, including the ideas of logical form and the universality of languages as well as the basic ideas of generative grammar, possible-worlds semantics, Wittgenstein, and speech-act theories. [Prereq: Prerequisites: CAS PH 310 and CAS PH 360.]

SAR SH 505

Introduction to Phonological Disorders

A1 Boucher W 10:10-11:55 EPC 203
F 10:10-11:55 EPC 204
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 9-10:45 SAR 104
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 3:30-6:15 KCB 106
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, and SED DE 571 (ASL 2).]