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GRS LX 631

Semantics & Pragmatics: Introduction to Linguistic Meaning

web A1 Coppock TR 11-12:15 EPIC 205
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 649

Bilingualism

web A1 Chang TR 12:30-1:45 CAS 320
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 670

    Romance Linguistics

    web A1 Myler MWF 10:10-11 MCS B25
    This course covers sound and morphosyntactic change since Latin, plus various topics in the comparative grammar of modern Romance languages. In addition, there is a module introducing students to the grammatical systems of certain less-studied Romance languages. Students deepen their linguistic knowledge and analytic skills by applying what they have learned in other Linguistics courses to this language family, and learn how data from Romance languages have contributed to our understanding of how language works in general. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 or consent of instructor; PLUS prior study of Latin or a Romance language at the 4th semester level or higher (e.g., CAS LF 212 or CAS LI 212 or CAS LS 212 or CAS LP 212 or equivalent).]
    [Meets with CAS LX 370; Previously offered as CAS LX 532 "Romance Linguistics"]

    GRS LX 683

    The Sounds of Spanish

    web A1 Erker TR 9:30-10:45 CAS 323A
    (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 691

    Linguistic Field Methods

    web A1 Myler MWF 9:05-9:55 MCS B25
    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 CAS LX 391; Also offered as MET LX 591; Previously offered as CAS LX 501 "Linguistic Field Methods"]

    GRS LX 705

    Prosody

    web A1 Barnes TR 2-3:15 CAS 220
    Exploration of the melodic and rhythmic aspects of the languages of the world. Emphasis on theoretical and experimental approaches to cross-linguistic typology. Specific topics include: syllables and syllable-weight, rhythm and speech timing; stress and metrics; tone and intonation. [Prereq: CAS LX 301/ GRS LX 601 Phonetics & Phonology: Introduction to Sound Systems (or CAS LX 510) or consent of instructor.]
    [Meets with CAS LX 405; Previously offered as CAS LX 525 "Prosody"]

    GRS LX 722

    Intermediate Syntax: Modeling Syntactic Knowledge

    web A1 Hagstrom MWF 1:25-2:15 CAS 312
    Using linguistic data drawn from a wide variety of languages, students develop a precise model of syntactic knowledge through evaluation of hypotheses and arguments. Exploration of major discoveries and phenomena from the linguistic literature. [Prereq: CAS LX 321 / GRS LX 621 Syntax: Introduction to Sentential Structure (or CAS LX 522) or consent of instructor.]
    [Meets with CAS LX 422]

    GRS LX 733

    Experimental Pragmatics

    web A1 Coppock TR 3:30-4:45 CAS 204B
    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

    GRS LX 754

    Acquisition of Syntax

    web A1 Hagstrom MWF 11:15-12:05 CAS 424
    Exploration of the character and course of acquisition of syntactic knowledge in both first and second language contexts. Covers methodological principles for conducting studies and analyzing data, and topics such as development of verb movement, binding theory, and tense. [Prereq: CAS LX 321/ GRS LX 621 Syntax: Introduction to Sentential Structure (or CAS LX 522) or consent of instructor]
    [Meets with CAS LX 454; Previously offered as CAS LX 540 "Acquisition of Syntax"]

    GRS LX 795

    Quantitative Methods in Linguistics

    web A1 Erker TR 12:30-1:45 CAS 220
    Introduces students to quantitative approaches to linguistic data, including visualization, hypothesis testing, and data modeling. Students will gain proficiency in R, an open-source statistical environment, and learn the logic behind statistical techniques, as well as practical skills for using them. [Prereq: Graduate standing in the Linguistics program, or consent of instructor]
     
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