Linguistics (LING)

LING Class Schedule

Courses

LING 100   Intro to Language Science   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduction to the theory and methodology of general linguistics; includes the various branches and applications of linguistics.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences

LING 104   Talking Culture   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as ANTH 104. See ANTH 104.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences

LING 105   Language in Daily Life   credit: 3 Hours.

Analysis of what constitutes knowledge of language, how it is used in daily life, and how speakers are perceived by others. Emphasis on discovering what makes language function as it does through an examination of its forms and functions in real life.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences

LING 111   Language in Globalization   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduction to the role of language in globalization by examining communication issues concerning language use across cultural, political and geographic boundaries. Explores the interaction of language and other cultural forms in the global context. Among the topics discussed are issues of identity, spread of English and its acculturation to local contexts of use, creativity in language mixing, language in global pop cultures, language in cyberspace, as well as minority language experiences, and loss of indigenous languages. This course can be used to fulfill either Western or Nonwestern general education categories, but not both.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Non-Western Cultures
UIUC: Western Compartv Cult

LING 115   Language and Culture in India   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the relationship between language and culture in the multilingual and multicultural context of India. Special topics of focus are: linguistic and cultural diversity in India, impact of the language and cultural contact on the structure and function of languages (convergence, diglossia, code-mixing, pidgins and creoles), language and identity, language of religion, language and gender, language in the media, literature and culture, language and power, language and globalization. Same as HNDI 115 and REL 115.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Non-Western Cultures

LING 191   Freshman Honors Tutorial   credit: 1 to 3 Hours.

Study of selected topics on an individually arranged basis. Open only to honors majors or to Cohn Scholars. May be repeated once. Prerequisite: Consent of departmental honors advisor.

LING 210   Language History   credit: 3 Hours.

Addresses the question "Why does language change?" Specific topics include: the history and origin of writing; why pronunciation changes; change in vocabulary and what it tells us about change in culture and society; the relation between "language" and "dialect"; multilingualism and its consequences, including Pidgins and Creoles; genetic relationship between languages, with focus on the "Indo-European" family (English, German, French, Russia, Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit, etc.) and the relationships between human languages. Prerequisite: Fulfillment of the foreign language requirement of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect

LING 225   Language, Mind, and Brain   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduction to the theory and methodology of psycholinguistics with emphasis on language acquisition and linguistic behavior.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Behavioral Sciences

LING 240   Language in Human History   credit: 3 Hours.

Role of language in the life of nations as a tool of communication, as a symbol of identity, and as a means of power. Scripts and orthographies, language planning, culture and language glossopolitics. Prerequisite: Three years of high school foreign language study or fulfillment of the foreign language requirement of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect

LING 250   Language Diversity in the USA   credit: 3 Hours.

Investigation of the uses and users of different language varieties - English and non-English - as well as issues of language discrimination, gender/race/class, youth culture, and new communication technologies.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences

LING 270   Language, Technology & Society   credit: 3 Hours.

What technologies have humans developed to augment the quintessential human ability: language? We start with the development of writing, the first technology that was specifically designed for language, and trace its history through the invention of printing, and into the digital age. With the advent of computers the relevance of language for technology has broadened significantly. We review technologies such as automatic speech recognition, speech synthesis and automatic translation, and discuss their implications for present and future human-machine interaction. Prerequisite: LING 100 or consent of instructor.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Behavioral Sciences
UIUC: Western Compartv Cult

LING 290   Individual Study   credit: 1 to 4 Hours.

Individual readings and research reports on special topics dealing with the theoretical or applied aspects of the linguistic sciences. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite: Written consent of instructor.

LING 291   Linguistics Laboratory Research Experience   credit: 1 to 3 Hours.

Supervised participation in laboratory or other research, usually as an assistant to a senior researcher. May be repeated up to a maximum of 9 hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

LING 301   Elements of Syntax   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduction to concepts and techniques essential for syntactic analysis and description, with special attention to testing analyses and justifying them. Prerequisite: LING 100 or consent of instructor.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition

LING 302   Elements of Phonology   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduces elements of phonological theory and data analysis. Emphasis is placed on both Structuralist and Generative theories, introducing students to the principles of phonological contrast, allophony, neutralization, and markedness. Formal phonological models are considered, including both distinctive feature theory and prosodic theory. Equal emphasis is placed on linguistic data analysis. Prerequisite: LING 100 or consent of instructor.

LING 304   Elements of Morphology   credit: 3 Hours.

An introduction to the concepts and methods of morphology, the linguistic study of word formation. We examine the smallest units of word structure--how they are arranged and organized, and how they interact with sentence structures (syntax) and sound patterns (phonology). Students will consider data from many different languages, and investigate how those languages are similar and different in terms of how they form their words. Prerequisite: LING 100.

LING 307   Elmnts Semantics & Pragmatics   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduction to the theory of meaning for natural language, including techniques for the description of lexical meaning, compositional determination of phrase and sentence meaning, and pragmatic effects on interpretation in context. Same as PHIL 307. Prerequisite: LING 100 or consent of instructor.

LING 357   Intro to Conversation Analysis   credit: 3 Hours.

Analysis of everyday conversation and talk in institutional settings, including basic organizational features of talk such as turn-taking, sequences of actions, openings and closings, and repair; ways that participants use talk to perform social actions such as complimenting, inviting, arguing, blaming, and apologizing; and ways that talk is used in professional settings such as 911 emergency calls, courtroom interactions, and doctor-patient interviews to perform the work of these social institutions. Same as CMN 357.

LING 391   Honors Individual Study   credit: 2 to 4 Hours.

Study and research for honors thesis; open only to seniors in the linguistics major who are eligible for departmental distinction. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite: Written consent of instructor and linguistics course average of 3.4.

LING 400   Intro to Linguistic Structure   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Introduction to the theory and methodology of the science of linguistics with special reference to phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Not intended for undergraduate majors in linguistics. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.

LING 401   Intro to General Phonetics   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Introduction to the main branches of general phonetics and phonological theory; emphasis on analysis of non-Western languages and research techniques. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.

LING 402   Tools & Tech Spch & Lang Proc   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduction to aspects of the tools and methods of studies in speech and natural language processing (NLP), with a focus on programming for NLP and speech applications, statistical methods for data analysis, and tools for displaying and manipulating speech data. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours.

LING 404   Tutorials in Non-Western Lang   credit: 1 to 5 Hours.

Advanced or intensive language instruction in a selected non-Western language; excludes instruction in East or Southeast Asian languages. 1 to 5 undergraduate hours. 2 to 4 graduate hours. May be repeated with approval. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

LING 406   Intro to Computational Ling   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Introduces the field of natural language processing and computational linguistics. Topics include finite-state methods, parsing, probabilistic methods, machine learning in NLP, computational semantics and applications of NLP technology. The course is mostly about concepts rather than programming, though some programming assignments will be given. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: LING 402 or a 100-level computer science programming course, or consent of instructor.

LING 407   Logic and Linguistic Analysis   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Introduction to the theory of logic as applied in linguistic analysis. Same as PHIL 407. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: For undergraduate students: LING 307 or equivalent background with consent of instructor.

LING 410   Historical Linguistics   credit: 2 to 4 Hours.

Introduction to historical and comparative linguistics with particular attention to theoretical issues. 3 undergraduate hours. 2 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: LING 401 (or concurrent registration), and either LING 301 and LING 302, or LING 400.

LING 412   Lang in African Culture & Soc   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Introductory survey of the role of language in African cultures and societies, with particular emphasis on the study of indigenous African linguae francae in multilingual settings, their spread, and use as media of communication in various domains, and as tools of development. Same as AFST 412. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: AFST 222 or consent of instructor.

LING 420   Intro to African Linguistics   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Introduction to the genetic and typological classification of the main language families of Africa; concentration on grammatical and phonological characteristics. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: LING 100 or LING 400; consent of instructor.

LING 425   Intro to Psycholinguistics   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Introductory survey of psychological and linguistic approaches to the study of communication. Same as MACS 425. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Credit is not given for both LING 425 and PSYC 425. Prerequisite: An introductory course in linguistics or psychology.

LING 426   Child & Adult Lang Acquisition   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

The study of first and second language acquisition by children and adults. Course topics will include the following: first language acquisition, including signed and spoken languages; bilingualism and second language acquisition; the comparison of monolingual and bilingual language development. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: An introductory course in linguistics or psychology.

LING 428   Sociolinguistics of Gender   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Survey of a number of frameworks analyzing gender as a sociolinguistic category (variationist, dominance, difference, feminist, social constructivist, performativity) with the goal of finding out how these different perspectives have evolved over time and what they have contributed to (socio)linguistic theory beyond the study of gender. Same as ANTH 428 and GWS 428. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: An introductory course in linguistics or consent of instructor.

LING 430   Intro to East Asian Ling   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Introduction to the genetic relation of the Far Eastern languages with other languages; concentration on synchronic analysis of phonology and syntax. Same as EALC 430. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: LING 400; consent of instructor.

LING 450   Sociolinguistics I   credit: 2 to 4 Hours.

Introduction to the fundamental concepts, philosophy, and research methods of the study of language in its social contexts. Special attention to language spread, and language variation; language attitudes; language diversity; code-switching; language standardization; and language identity and loyalty. 3 undergraduate hours. 2 or 4 graduate hours.

LING 469   Structure of Semitic Languages   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

In-depth survey of comparative issues in Semitic Linguistics, with particular emphasis on morphology, syntax, phonology and language change from the perspectives of current linguistic theories. Same as AFST 469. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: LING 100, LING 400, or consent of instructor.

LING 489   Theoretical Foundations of SLA   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

General introduction to second language acquisition (SLA) theory. Examines nativist, interactionist and cognitive approaches to SLA and explores the role of learner characteristics. Same as FR 481, GER 489, ITAL 489, PORT 489, and SPAN 489. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: An introductory course in linguistics or consent of instructor.

LING 490   Special Topics in Linguistics   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Course provides an opportunity to focus on various subfields of the linguistic sciences, depending on the interests of the faculty and student. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated as topic varies to a maximum of 9 undergraduate hours or 12 graduate hours. Students may register for up to two sections in the same term. Prerequisite: LING 100, LING 400, or consent of instructor.

LING 501   Syntax I   credit: 4 Hours.

Introduction to the fundamental concepts, philosophy, and methods of syntactic theory. Prerequisite: LING 400 or equivalent.

LING 502   Phonology I   credit: 4 Hours.

Examination of language-specific phonological problems with a view toward formulating a language-independent theory of phonology. Prerequisite: LING 401 or consent of instructor.

LING 504   Practicum   credit: 2 Hours.

Supervised practical experience in extended linguistic research on individual topics of the student's choice. Concurrent enrollment in at least 2 hours of LING 590 is required. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 hours. Prerequisite: LING 501 and LING 502.

LING 505   Language Teaching Practicum   credit: 1 Hour.

Introduction for graduate teaching assistants to issues specific to the teaching of the so-called less commonly taught language (LCTLs) offered by the Department of Linguistics (African Languages, Arabic, Hindi, Persian, Sanskrit, and Turkish). Familiarizes the instructors with developments in second language acquisition research with special focus on LCTLs. Different approaches to LCTL teaching will be discussed together with practical information on how to develop instructional materials using new technologies and online resources. A number of presentations, demonstrations, and discussions will be led by visiting experts from UIUC and outside UIUC. May be repeated to a maximum of 2 hours in separate terms.

LING 506   Topics in Computational Ling   credit: 4 Hours.

Provides an introduction to practical problems in computational linguistics in a laboratory setting. At the beginning of the semester, a substantial project will be assigned to the class, and the class will work as a team towards implementing a solution, and evaluating the final product against a test corpus, which will also be developed during the class. Topical readings will also be assigned and will be discussed. Approved for letter or S/U grading. May be repeated in more than one section per term to a maximum of 8 hours, if topics vary; may be repeated in subsequent terms to a maximum of 12 hours, if topics vary. Prerequisite: LING 406, and an introductory level Computer Science programming course, or consent of instructor.

LING 507   Formal Semantics I   credit: 4 Hours.

Introduction to formal semantic theory for natural language, with attention to quantification, anaphora, tense, intensionality, and related topics. Same as PHIL 507. Prerequisite: LING 407 or consent of the instructor.

LING 509   Topics in Cognitive Ling   credit: 4 Hours.

Analyzes the nature of linguistic semantic categories and their implications for theories of grammar; examines the issues and controversies surrounding frame semantics, decompositional semantics, prototype theory, and conceptual metaphor. Approved for both letter and S/U grading.

LING 514   Design and Methodology in Linguistic Research   credit: 4 Hours.

Introduction to a quantitatively oriented approach to research design and methodology in language study, with emphasis on the construction of appropriate research designs for different subfields of linguistics (with a particular focus on designs for research in syntax/semantics and language acquisition / bilingualism). A variety of research methods are covered in detail, including both offline and online methodologies. Term paper required. 4 graduate hours. No professional credit. Prerequisite: LING 400 or equivalent; LING 425, or EIL 489 or consent of instructor.

LING 516   Field Methods   credit: 4 Hours.

Analysis of the phonetic, phonological, morphological, and syntactic structure of an undescribed language through the elicitation of data from a native language consultant. The class develops a linguistic sketch of the language, including a computerized lexicon. Prerequisite: LING 501 and LING 502.

LING 520   Acoustic Phonetics   credit: 4 Hours.

Explores advanced issues in acoustic theory and digital signal processing in the context of linguistic phonetics and phonological research. Emphasis is placed on the spectral properties of speech sounds and their instrumental documentation. A significant portion of the course will utilize the phonetics laboratory. Prerequisite: LING 401 and LING 502.

LING 522   Articulatory Phonetics   credit: 4 Hours.

Explores advanced issues in sound production in the context of linguistic phonetics and phonological research. Three main areas of focus include an overview of vocal tract physiology and anatomy, laboratory/instrumental methodology, and linguistic patterns such as assimilations and coarticulations. Prerequisite: LING 401 or equivalent.

LING 529   Second Lang Acq & Bilingualism   credit: 4 Hours.

Research seminar: students will design and execute a research project on second language acquisition and/or bilingualism. Same as PSYC 529. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

LING 541   Syntax II   credit: 4 Hours.

Issues in the theory and practice of syntactic description, with special attention to implications for universal grammar. Prerequisite: LING 501 or consent of instructor.

LING 547   Formal Semantics II   credit: 4 Hours.

A continuation of LING 507 covering advanced topics in formal semantic theory. Same as PHIL 547. Prerequisite: LING 507 or consent of instructor.

LING 550   Sociolinguistics II   credit: 4 Hours.

Focus on a critical examination of issues in the theory and practice of sociolinguistics concerning the study of language variation from a cross-linguistic perspective, language diversity, multilingualism, language ideology and power. Prerequisite: LING 450 or equivalent.

LING 551   Pragmatics   credit: 4 Hours.

Examination of the major theoretical frameworks in Gricean and post-Gricean pragmatics with an emphasis on theories of implicature, speech acts and im/politeness. Same as PHIL 551. Prerequisite: LING 501 and LING 507, or consent of instructor.

LING 560   Seminar in Bilingualism   credit: 4 Hours.

Research-oriented seminar on theoretical and applied aspects of bilingualism; critical evaluation of linguistic, neurolinguistic, sociolinguistic, and psycholinguistic approaches to bilingualism; and concentration on selected case studies from Western and non-Western societies, especially Asia and Africa. May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: LING 450 or an introductory course in linguistics.

LING 581   Topics in Syntactic Theory   credit: 4 Hours.

Investigation of syntactic universals; recent developments in the theory of syntax. May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: LING 541 or consent of instructor.

LING 582   Topics in Phonological Theory   credit: 4 Hours.

Recent developments in the theory of phonology. May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: LING 542 or consent of instructor.

LING 587   Topics in Sociolinguistics   credit: 4 Hours.

Discussion of current topics in sociolinguistics that have relevance to contemporary societies. Approved for both letter and S/U grading. May be repeated in more than one section per term to a maximum of 8 hours. May be repeated in subsequent terms to a maximum of 12 hours. Prerequisite: LING 450.

LING 590   Special Topics in Linguistics   credit: 2 to 8 Hours.

Individual studies in the areas of linguistics not covered by regular course offerings. May be repeated.

LING 591   Seminar in Linguistic Analysis   credit: 2 or 4 Hours.

Discussion of advanced topics of current interest. May be repeated with approval. Prerequisite: LING 501 and LING 502.

LING 599   Thesis Research   credit: 0 to 16 Hours.

Approved for S/U grading only. May be repeated.