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GRS LX 601

Phonetics & Phonology: Introduction to Sound Systems

web A1 Chang TR 11-12:30 KCB 106
Introduction to the nature and patterning of sounds in human language. Presents articulatory and acoustic phonetics, and basic phonological analysis, focusing on cross-language typology and comparison. Hands-on development of practical skills, including IPA transcription, field techniques, and digital speech analysis.

[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 CAS LX 301; Also offered as MET LX 501; Previously offered as CAS LX 510 "Phonetics"]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas:
    • Scientific Inquiry II
    • Quantitative Reasoning I
    • Critical Thinking

GRS LX 628

Questions

web A1 Hagstrom MWF 2-3 CAS 212
Exploration of question formation across languages, and from several theoretical perspectives, integrating syntax, phonology, semantics, morphology, pragmatics, and philosophy in pursuit of a general understanding of one of the central phenomena in theoretical linguistics. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]
[Meets with CAS LX 328; Previously offered as CAS LX 519 "Questions"]

GRS LX 631

Semantics & Pragmatics: Introduction to Linguistic Meaning

web A1 Alrenga MWF 11-12 CGS 123
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 CAS LX 331; Also offered as MET LX 531; 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

GRS LX 642

Language, Race, and Gender

web A1 Erker MWF 10-11 CAS 214
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 CAS LX 342; Also offered as MET LX 542; Previously offered as CAS LX 320 "Language, Race, and Gender"]
  • Satisfies course requirements for the minor in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas:
    • Social Inquiry I
    • Teamwork/Collaboration

GRS LX 649

Bilingualism

web A1 Chang TR 3:30-5 CAS 204A
The psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics of life with two languages. Topics include bilingual language use, processing, acquisition, organization; effects of bilingualism on cognition and development; the bilingual brain; the bilingual speech community; bilingual education; bilingualism in the media and public eye. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]
[Meets with CAS LX 349; Also offered as MET LX 549; Previously offered as CAS LX 545 "Bilingualism"]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas:
    • Social Inquiry II
    • Individual in Community
    • Critical Thinking
  • GRS LX 660

    Historical and Comparative Linguistics

    web A1 Nikolaev TR 12:30-2 CAS 204B
    Introduction to language change and the methodology of historical linguistic analysis, using data from a wide array of languages. Investigates genetic relatedness among languages, language comparison, historical reconstruction, and patterns and principles of change in phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]
    [Meets with CAS LX 360; Previously offered as CAS LX 535 "Historical and Comparative Linguistics"]
    • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

    GRS LX 665

    Variation in Dialects of English

    web A1 Myler TR 9:30-11 CAS 218
    This course explores how dialects of English differ from each other, focusing on grammatical variation in the US, with occasional forays into British dialects. The class will examine grammatical diversity on a number of levels (including accents, dialectal vocabulary, and social factors in language variation), but the main focus will be on studying and accounting for morphosyntactic differences amongst varieties. Students come to appreciate how linguists investigate grammatical diversity scientifically, revealing the complex structure of non-standard dialects. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]
    [Meets with CAS LX 365; Also offered as CAS EN 313 and MET LX 565; Previously offered as CAS LX 530 "Variation in Dialects of English"]

    GRS LX 683

    The Sounds of Spanish

    web A1 Erker MW 12:30-2 CAS 203
    (Conducted in Spanish) The goal of this course is to introduce students to the linguistic analysis of speech, with a focus on the Spanish language. We examine the vowels and consonants of Spanish from the perspective of articulatory and acoustic phonetics. In addition, the course introduces core concepts in phonological analysis, surveying the phonemic inventory and phonological organization of Spanish. We also investigate a range of regional variation demonstrated by so-called ‘dialects’ of Spanish, with an emphasis on the historical and social significance of such variation in Spain, Latin America, and the United States. In summary, this course aims to examine the sounds of Spanish as physical, mental, and social phenomena. [Prereq: One 300-level Spanish course and CAS LX 250 or consent of instructor]
    [Meets with CAS LX 383; Also offered as CAS LS 507; Previously offered as CAS LX 507 "The Sounds of Spanish"]
    • If you are trying to register for this course as CAS LS 507 and it appears full, you can just as well register for the LX number. These courses are identical, meet together, and satisfy all of the same requirements :-) .
    • This course can satisfy requirements for both the Spanish and the Spanish & Linguistics majors; it can also satisfy the Linguistics major requirement for a course in the linguistic analysis of a specific language, as well as counting toward both the Spanish and Linguistics minors.

    GRS LX 733

    Experimental Pragmatics

    web A1 Alrenga M 4-7 CAS 223
    Hands-on seminar on pragmatics, the study of how meaning beyond the literal is communicated in context. Students will study research articles in pragmatics that use experimental methods, design their own original experiment, and run a student-designed experiment as a group. [Prereq: CAS LX 331/ GRS LX 631 Semantics & Pragmatics: Introduction to Linguistic Meaning (or CAS LX 502) and previous college experience with basic statistics, or consent of instructor.]
    [Meets with CAS LX 433; Previously offered as CAS LX 504 "Topics in Pragmatics"]
    [This is a revised title and course description; previously offered as "Intermediate Pragmatics: Meaning in Context".]
    • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
    • This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas:
      • Quantitative Reasoning II
      • Digital/Multimedia Expressio
      • Creativity/Innovation
     
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