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CAS LX 500

Topics in Linguistics: Language Acquisition

web A1 Hagstrom TR 3:30-5 KCB 107
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 status and development of functional categories, verb-movement, finiteness, null subjects, binding, and questions. [Prereq: CAS LX 522 Syntax I]

CAS LX 500

Topics in Linguistics: Mood and Modality

B1 Zabbal TR 9:30-11 SCI 113
Modality expresses the possibility or necessity of a situation: 'John may/must be at home.' This course investigates types of modality and ways in which modality is encoded in the grammar in mood and modal systems across languages. [Prereq: CAS LX 250.]

CAS LX 502

Semantics I

web A1 Zabbal TR 2:00-3:30 GCB 209
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


A1 Barnes TR 11-12:30 KCB 103
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 522

Syntax I

web A1 Hagstrom TR 12:30-2 KCB 107
Introduction to the logical structure and organization of language, and to generative theory. Application of principles of syntactic analysis to students' own and other languages through data-oriented problems from different language types. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
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CAS EN 515

History of the English Language I

A1 Green TR 8-9:30 am CAS 208
How do the social and cultural experiences of young adults contribute to development of the English language? Examination of how, from Old English to current times, they learned and changed their native tongue at home, in schools, and neighborhoods.

CAS EN 518

Linguistic Problems in TESOL

A1 Saitz T 4-7 CAS 424
Application of linguistic concepts to the teaching of English as a foreign language. Includes description of contemporary English grammatical structures that pose problems for learners and teachers. [Prereq: consent of instructor.]

CAS LF 500

A1 Neidle TR 11-12:30 CAS 318
[Prereq: CAS LF 304 or equivalent.]

SAR SH 523

Introduction to Speech Science

A1 Coady TR 9:30-11 SAR 218
Lecture, laboratory, and demonstrations. Introduction to the basic physics of sound, including the decibel scale, spectral analysis, and sound resonance. Acoustic theory of speech production. Effects of contact on speech acoustics. Suprasegmental characteristics of speech production. Introduction to speech perception. [Prereq: SAR SH 521]

SAR SH 531

Introduction to Communication Disorders

A1 Parris TR 9:30-11 SAR 104
Introduction to various speech and language disorders found across linguistically and culturally diverse populations. Characteristics underlying biological systems and methods for evaluation and treating a variety or communication disorders are examined. Exploration of the professions of speech pathology and audiology