Graduate Course Descriptions

The following directory lists the graduate courses which the University expects to offer, although the University in no way guarantees that all such courses will be offered in any given academic year, and reserves the right to alter the list if conditions warrant. Click on the links below for a list of courses in that subject area. You may then click “View Classes” to see scheduled classes for individual courses.

5000. Introduction to Computational Linguistics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Open to graduate students in Linguistics and all others with permission of Instructor. Recommended Preparation: At least one course in Linguistics or Computer Science. (RG5478)

Grading Basis: Graded

Computational methods in linguistic analysis and natural language processing. Topics include the use of text corpora and other sources of linguistic data; morphological analysis, parsing and language modeling; applications in areas such as information retrieval and machine translation.

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5010. Research Seminar in Language and Psychology

1.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in Linguistics, others with permission (RG793).

Grading Basis: Graded

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5110. The Acquisition of Syntax

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Relationship between the syntax of children's language and linguistic theory.

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5120. Readings and Research in Acquisition

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: LING 5110 (RG364).

Grading Basis: Graded

Lectures and discussion of classic and current articles in first language acquisition; presentation of ongoing student research.

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5310. Phonology I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in Linguistics, others with permission (RG793).

Grading Basis: Graded

The analysis of sound patterns in languages within a generative framework: distinctive features, segmental and prosodic analysis, word formation, the theory of markedness.

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5320. Phonology II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequiste: LING 5310 (RG790).

Grading Basis: Graded

The analysis of sound patterns in languages within a generative framework: distinctive features, segmental and prosodic analysis, word formation, the theory of markedness.

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5410. Semantics I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in Linguistics, others with permission (RG793).

Grading Basis: Graded

The bases of formal models of syntax and semantics. Compositionality; quantification; Logical Form.

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5420. Semantics II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: LING 5410 (RG367).

Grading Basis: Graded

Theories of meaning and reference. Formal treatment of meaning in a generative grammar.

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5500. Advanced Introduction to Syntax

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Concepts and tools of current syntactic theory. Syntactic features, lexical and functional categories, representation of phrase structure, argument structure, case, movement, locality.

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5510. Syntax I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students in Linguistics, others with permission (RG793).

Grading Basis: Graded

Transformational analysis within a Chomskyan framework; deep structure, surface structure, universal conditions on the form and application of transformational rules.

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5520. Syntax II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: LING 5510 (RG792).

Grading Basis: Graded

Transformational analysis within a Chomskyan framework; deep structure, surface structure, universal conditions on the form and application of transformational rules.

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5799. Directed Reading in Linguistics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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6020. Professional Methods

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Practice in writing abstracts for academic conferences. Preparation for academic job market: C.V.s, letters of application, interviews, job talks. Previous completion of three semesters of full-time graduate course work in Linguistics recommended.

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6040. Structure of a Selected Language

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: LING 5310 and LING 5510 (RG366).

Grading Basis: Graded

Phonological and syntactic problems of a given language.

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6050. Field Methods in Linguistics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: LING 5310 and LING 5510 (RG357).

Grading Basis: Graded

Collection and analysis of linguistic data from native consultants.

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6110. Methods in Acquisition

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: LING 5110 (RG364).

Grading Basis: Graded

Experimental methods for first language acquisition research.

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6120. Topics in Acquisition

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: LING 5110 (RG364).

Grading Basis: Graded

Current topics in first language acquisition research.

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6160. Second Language Acquisition

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Current research on theories of second language acquisition. Differences between first and second language development, including views on the availability of universal grammar. Linguistic input and the effect of age of immersion in a second language. Research methodologies and their validity will be discussed. Pedagogical implications derivable from this research will be addressed. Student research component.

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6210. Morphology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: LING 5310 or 5510 (RG3507)

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to morphological analysis and to the methods of linguistic segmentation. The Lexicon. The relationships between Phonology and Morphology and between Syntax and Morphology. The nature of clitics.

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6310. Problems in Phonology

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: LING 5320 (RG360).

Grading Basis: Graded

Advanced work in phonology.

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6410. Semantics Seminar

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: LING 5420 (RG368).

Grading Basis: Graded

Classical and recent literature and current research in semantics.

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6420. Topics in Semantics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: LING 5420 (RG368).

Grading Basis: Graded

Current topics in semantic research.

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6510. Readings and Research in Syntax

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: LING 5520 (RG362).

Grading Basis: Graded

Examination and discussion of classic articles in syntactic theory; presentation of ongoing student research.

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6520. Problems in Syntax

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: LING 5520 (RG362).

Grading Basis: Graded

Advanced work in syntax.

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6530. Comparative Syntax

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: LING 5520 (RG362).

Grading Basis: Graded

Cross-linguistic study of syntactic structure; implications for linguistic theory.

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6610. Methods in Experimental Syntax

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

An introduction to the design and analysis of experiments in syntax.

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6798. Special Topics in Linguistics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: LING 5310 and LING 5510 (RG363).

Grading Basis: Graded

Topics in general linguistics at an advanced level.

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6799. Independent Study in Linguistics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 36 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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6899. Directed Research in Linguistics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Independent Study.

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