For a full list of graduate courses in linguistics offered in recent years, see:
Graduate Course Schedule, Fall 2022
GRS LX 601 / MET LX 501
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.
GRS LX 621 / MET LX 521
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.
GRS LX 646
Why do languages change over time? Who leads and who follows in situations of language change? The course answers these questions by examining the link between language change and linguistic variation, focusing on how synchronic variation leads to diachronic change.
GRS LX 690
Topics and prerequisites vary by semester and section. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Topic for Fall 2022, Section A1: Language Revitalization. Languages become “endangered” or “dormant” for multiple reasons, and efforts to revitalize languages take many paths. We’ll examine key cases of language revitalization, including examples from around the world, but with a primary focus on indigenous languages of North America.
GRS LX 691
A team-based in-depth investigation of the phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and lexicon of an African or other non-Indo-European language. Bi-weekly sessions with language consultant. Weekly trainings on methodology, ethics, analysis, and presentation of results.
GRS LX 732
Systematic development of a semantic theory of natural language, using the tools of model-theoretic semantics. In-depth study of the relation between meaning and grammar, and the relation between meaning and context.
Prerequisite: CAS LX 331 / GRS LX 631, or consent of instructor.
GRS LX 795
Introduces students to quantitative approaches to linguistic data, including visualization, hypothesis testing, and data modeling. Students gain proficiency in R, an open-source statistical environment, and learn the logic behind statistical techniques, as well as practical skills for using them.
GRS LX 796
Introduction to computational techniques to explore linguistic models and test empirical claims. Serves as an introduction to concepts, algorithms, data structures, and tool libraries. Topics include tagging and classification, parsing models, meaning representation, corpus creation, information extraction. (Students who have already taken CAS LX 394/GRS LX 694 are not eligible to take this course.)
Prerequisite: CAS LX 250 and CAS CS 112, or consent of instructor.
GRS LX 801
Advanced graduate students working on their qualifying research papers or thesis present and discuss work in progress. The course is organized thematically based on students’ research areas. Readings each week are determined on the basis of the research discussed.