College of Arts and Sciences
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Adjunct Associate Professors
See also general University Graduate School requirements.
Foreign Language Requirements
Computational linguistics is an interdisciplinary field which addresses the use of computers to process or produce human language. Linguistics contributes to this field an understanding of the special properties of language data, and also provides theories and descriptions of language structure and use. Computational linguistics is largely an applied discipline concerned with practical problems. Typical applications include: natural language processing, machine translation (translating from one language to another), speech synthesis, speech production, information retrieval (finding relevant documents or parts of documents in large collections of texts), cognitive modeling, and, in general, almost anything dealing with natural language interfaces.
Foreign Language Requirement
Fields of Study
Students will plan their programs with the advisory committee, which will be responsible for counseling students with regard to the qualifying examination, setting the examination, and administering it.
Foreign Language Requirements
Foreign Language Requirements
(All other requirements are the same as the above for the Ph.D. in Linguistics.)
Ph.D. Minor in Linguistics
Ph.D. Minor in African Languages and Linguistics
Ph.D. Minor in Applied Linguistics
Ph.D. Minor in Computational Linguistics
L503 Survey of Linguistics I (3 cr.) An introduction to the field of linguistics. Credit not given towards the M.A. in general linguistics or the Ph.D. in linguistics.
L520 Sociolinguistics (3 cr.) Examination of theoretical perspectives on language as a social phenomenon. Questions of linguistic variation, including social and contextual factors contributing to variation.
L530 Introduction to Historical Linguistics (3 cr.) P: L542 or equivalent. Principles of language classification and subclassification. Processes of diachronic change. Methods of linguistic reconstruction, especially the comparative method and internal reconstruction.
L541 Introductory Phonetics (4 cr.) Survey of speech sound types in languages of the world with practice in discrimination, transcription, and production. Introduction to acoustic phonetics, physiology of speech production, and speech perception; with concurrent laboratory section.
L542 Phonological Analysis (3 cr.) An introduction to the principles of contemporary phonological theory and tools of phonological analysis and description. The format of the course is oriented toward data-based problems from a wide variety of languages.
L543 Syntactic Analysis (3 cr.) An examination of the methods and argumentation used in syntactic analysis conducted within the framework of generative grammar. Emphasis on constructing and evaluating grammatical analyses and promoting critical understanding of the generative framework.
L544 Morphological Analysis (3 cr.) Introduction to the basic concepts and approaches to morphological analysis and description to different theories of word structure and to issues in the relation between morphology and phonology and between morphology and syntax. Data-based problem solving from a wide variety of languages.
L545 Computation and Linguistic Analysis (3 cr.) This course explores how linguistic analyses can be stated as computer programs, emphasizing the design of data structures used in linguistic analyses, the computational issues underlying them, and their use in natural language processing.
L546 Semantics (3 cr.) P: L543 or equivalent. Introduction to current semantic theory, its tools, concepts, and principles. Emphasis on constructing detailed fragments of natural language with syntactic and semantic components.
L590 Linguistic Structure (3 cr.) Analysis of particular aspects of the structure of a language or of a group of closely related languages. Methods used may include text analysis, informant work, study of secondary sources, lectures, reports.
L611 Models of Linguistic Structure (3 cr.) Formulations of linguistic structures--finite--set, phrase-structure, transformational dependency, predictive-with emphasis on their mathematical properties. Mathematical concepts underlying these formulations, such as sets, relations, Markov processes, and automata.
L614 Alternative Syntactic Theories (3 cr.) P: L543 or equivalent. An examination of a current syntactic framework other than the standard framework in terms of specific issues of syntactic analysis and general claims about the nature and organization of the syntax of natural languages. Emphasis on developing analyses within that framework. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
L620 Advanced Sociolinguistics (3 cr.) Sociolinguistic methodology and data analysis, language ideology, and language in social institutions. Course topics include: quantitative and qualitative methods (variationist, ethnographic, and discourse analytic methods); Anglo-American, Continental pragmatics; language and sociocultural identity (culture, politeness, power, solidarity, and gender); and institutional discourse (juridical, therapeutic, political, religious, etc.).
L625 Bilingualism and Language Contact (3 cr.) Problems of multilingualism, including diglossia. Examination of selected cases illustrating the relationship between language contact and linguistic change.
L630 Lexicology (3 cr.) Analysis of the lexical structure of languages. The word and its morphological and semantic properties. Application of lexicology to practical problems in dictionary making (lexicography).
L636 Pidgins and Creoles (3 cr.) Survey of the field of pidgin and creole linguistics: presentation of the structure of selected prototypical pidgins and creoles; review of the theories for the genesis of creoles and their relationship to current issues in language acquisition and historical linguistics; discussion of language planning issues specific to pidgins and creoles, as well as discussion of current issues.
L641 Advanced Phonetics (3 cr.) P: L541 or equivalent. Experimental analysis of the speech signal; speech articulation and the structure of phonetic space. A survey of current theories of speech production and perception with experience designing and conducting experiments, and some consideration of phonetic factors that determine the choice of particular sound contrasts in languages.
L642 Advanced Phonological Description (3 cr.) P: L542 or equivalent. Problems of phonological description and their theoretical implications. Practice in formulating and evaluating explanatory statements about various phonetic, phonotactic, and morphophonemic properties of languages.
L643 Advanced Syntax (3 cr.) P: L543 or equivalent. Syntactic analysis and recent developments of principles and parameters/minimalist theory. Taking up from L543, reviews core modules of grammar from L543 and examines topics such as logical form, empty categories, barriers, functional categories, and relativized minimality. Introduces concepts of minimalist theory. Training in abstract and squib writing, paper presentation.
L645 Advanced Natural Language Processing (3 cr.) This course explores the needs of working natural language processing systems with attention to statistical and corpus linguistic methods in natural language processing, and their uses in data mining, information retrieval, lexicography, and other practical domains.
L653-L654 Field Methods in Linguistics I-II (3-3 cr.) Techniques of data collection and analysis based on work with a native speaker of a language unknown to the students.
L670 Language Typologies (3 cr.) Historical review of typologies. Specific languages controlled by students will be typologized in different ways.
L690 Advanced Readings in Linguistics (1-4 cr.) S/F Grading.
L695 M.A. Thesis Research (1-4 cr.)*
L700 Seminar on Current Issues (1-4 cr.) This seminar will deal with major books and articles that have defined important areas of debate in the current development of linguistic theory. The specific title will be announced well in advance of each semester. Course may be retaken for up to 12 credit hours.
L710 Seminar in Phonetics (3 cr.) Selected problems in the acoustic, motor, and auditory structure of the sounds of human language. May be repeated for credit when topic changes.
L712 Seminar in Phonology (3 cr.) Research and reports on selected problems of generative phonology. May be repeated for credit when topic changes.
L714 Seminar in Syntax (3 cr.) Advanced treatment of a topic, construction, or theoretical concept in syntax using a current theoretical model. May be repeated for credit when topic changes.
L720 Seminar in Sociolinguistics (3 cr.) Selected problems concerning the relationship between language and society. May be repeated for credit when topic changes.
L760 Seminar in Historical Linguistics (3 cr.) Selected problems concerning linguistic reconstruction, processes of diachronic change, and language classification. May be repeated for credit when topic changes.
L780 Seminar in Semantics (3 cr.) Selected problems in the area of meaning and the relationship between language and semantic interpretation. May be repeated for credit when topic changes.
L800 Research (cr. arr.)*
A501 Introduction to African Linguistics (3 cr.) Introduction to the linguistic study of African languages; questions of language distribution, typological and genetic classification, comparative reconstruction, and structural aspects of individual languages.
A502 Language in Africa (3 cr.) Language in the lives and behavior of African people. Dynamics of language spread and multilingualism. Literacy, language, and education. Linguistic ritual: greetings, condolences, apologies, leavetakings. Joking and insulting relationships. Stories and storytellers. Proverbs and their use. Power of language in society.
A503 Bantu Linguistics (3 cr.) Structural comparisons of Bantu languages at levels of phonology, morphology, and syntax, noting differences and similarities of various East African languages.
A504 Chadic Linguistics (3 cr.) R: reading knowledge of French or German. An introduction to the Chadic language family. The relationship of Chadic to Afro-Asiatic and the membership and internal classification of the Chadic family. Common structural features of present-day Chadic languages and the reconstruction of Proto-Chadic.
A747 Seminar in African Linguistics (4 cr.) Research on specific problems of African linguistics. Course may be repeated for credit.
A400 Advanced Individual Study of an African Language (1-4 cr.; 12 cr. max.) May be repeated for credit.
L506 Tutorial Instruction in Foreign Languages (cr. arr.) May be repeated for credit.Haitian Creole
C501-C502 Haitian Creole I-II (3-3 cr.)
Other African Languages
Consult the department for courses in other areas acceptable for degree requirements.
1 Three (3) hours credit for graduate students; 4 hours credit for undergraduates.