Language Surveyor

As a Language Surveyor, you gather and analyze data to compare languages and dialects. Your reports from these comparative analyses help document and catalog the world’s languages while also providing strategic direction to initiatives such as orthography development, translation, language documentation and literacy. You will often collect data by travelling and interviewing multiple communities in a region, as well as tracking down and investigating already existing sources of data. You normally work on a small team with other language surveyors under the direction of an experienced language assessment specialist.

Courses (6 courses, 18 sem. hours. Note that all 400 level courses can be taken for 500 level graduate credit)

LING-210 Language and Society 3 Sem. Hours Fall, Spring, Summer

This course focuses on the interaction between language and the social context within which it is used. Topics include: regional and social dialects; multilingualism; language attitudes and their impact on national and personal identity; linguistic politeness; the maintenance, shift, loss, and spread of languages; and the impact of modern technology. Applications to gender and education are explored in depth.

This course can alternatively be taken in an online format. Refer to Language and Society ONLINE.

LING-210 Language and Society – ONLINE VERSION 3 Sem. Hours Fall, Spring, Summer

This online course focuses on the interaction between language and the social context within which it is used. Topics include: regional and social dialects; multilingualism; language attitudes and their impact on national and personal identity; linguistic politeness; the maintenance, shift, loss, and spread of languages; and the impact of modern technology. Applications to gender and education are explored in depth.

This course can alternatively be taken in the standard classroom format.

LING-310 Articulatory Phonetics 3 Sem. Hours Fall, Spring, Summer

This course provides a theoretical and practical introduction to the broad range of human speech sounds that are found in the languages of the world. Through practice inside and outside of the classroom, students will learn to recognize and produce the various sounds, transcribe them with phonetic symbols, and describe how they are produced. Attention will also be given to other phonetic details such as tone, intonation, stress, and duration.

LING-330 Phonological Analysis 3 Sem. Hours Fall, Spring, Summer

Theory of language sound systems, principles of analysis of sound systems, and principles of forming an orthography. Opportunity will be given to apply these principles to a wide range of natural language data.

Co-requisites:

LING 310 Articulatory Phonetics

LING-466 Principles of Sociolinguistic Survey 3 Sem. Hours Summer

This course introduces the students to the rudiments of linguistic and sociolinguistic survey. The focus is on purpose-driven language survey design and appropriate subsequent reporting of the findings. Consideration is given to current issues in social science research such as the ethics of sampling, and statistical significance of sample populations.

LING-470 Language and Culture Acquisition: Theory & Praxis 3 Sem. Hours Fall

This course introduces students to theories of second language and second culture acquisition. Students develop and evaluate self-directed strategies based on personal learning styles. Practical experience in the above topics is gained by working with a speaker of a non Indo-European language.

NB: When taken in Fall term, LING 460 and 480 are also recommended.
This course is not normally offered during the summer. If you need this course during summer session, please let us know and we will determine if there is enough demand.

Prerequisites:

LING 360 Grammatical Analysis

LING 330 Phonological Analysis

LING 310 Articulatory Phonetics

LING 210 Language and Society

LING-481 Anthropological Linguistics: Ethnography 3 Sem. Hours Fall, Spring, Summer

This course introduces crucial concepts in anthropology and ethnography to linguists. It focuses on cross-cultural communication with an emphasis on participant observation as an effective methodology for such research. Students will collect and analyze data related to topics such as oral traditions, kinship, and social structure. They will be introduced to various tools for ethno-semantic analysis, including analysis of cultural themes and worldview, semantic domain analysis, and taxonomic analysis.

Prerequisites:

LING 210 Language and Society

Lexicography Technician

Do you like dictionaries, or discovering the meanings of words? As a Lexicography Technician, you help create dictionaries by interacting with local communities, discovering the meanings of words through collecting and analyzing word lists, stories and other vernacular data. You use software to store and manipulate the data into a variety of printed or electronic dictionary products. You normally work as part of a language development team, or under the supervision of a senior Lexicographer.

Courses (10 courses, 30 sem. hours. Note that all 400 level courses can be taken for 500 level graduate credit)

LING-210 Language and Society 3 Sem. Hours Fall, Spring, Summer

This course focuses on the interaction between language and the social context within which it is used. Topics include: regional and social dialects; multilingualism; language attitudes and their impact on national and personal identity; linguistic politeness; the maintenance, shift, loss, and spread of languages; and the impact of modern technology. Applications to gender and education are explored in depth.

This course can alternatively be taken in an online format. Refer to Language and Society ONLINE.

LING-210 Language and Society – ONLINE VERSION 3 Sem. Hours Fall, Spring, Summer

This online course focuses on the interaction between language and the social context within which it is used. Topics include: regional and social dialects; multilingualism; language attitudes and their impact on national and personal identity; linguistic politeness; the maintenance, shift, loss, and spread of languages; and the impact of modern technology. Applications to gender and education are explored in depth.

This course can alternatively be taken in the standard classroom format.

LING-310 Articulatory Phonetics 3 Sem. Hours Fall, Spring, Summer

This course provides a theoretical and practical introduction to the broad range of human speech sounds that are found in the languages of the world. Through practice inside and outside of the classroom, students will learn to recognize and produce the various sounds, transcribe them with phonetic symbols, and describe how they are produced. Attention will also be given to other phonetic details such as tone, intonation, stress, and duration.

LING-330 Phonological Analysis 3 Sem. Hours Fall, Spring, Summer

Theory of language sound systems, principles of analysis of sound systems, and principles of forming an orthography. Opportunity will be given to apply these principles to a wide range of natural language data.

Co-requisites:

LING 310 Articulatory Phonetics

LING-360 Morphosyntax I 3 Sem. Hours Fall, Summer

This course deals with theories of grammar and principles of language analysis: morphology, syntax, stems, words, phrases and sentences. Problem solving with data from a variety of languages is a major part of the course.

Co-requisites:

LING 310 Articulatory Phonetics

LING 330 Phonological Analysis

LING-460 Morphosyntax II 3 Sem. Hours Fall, Summer

This course explores the rich variety of syntactic and semantic structures found in human language, deepening the students’ understanding of syntactic phenomena addressed in the prerequisite course (360). The topics are examined within the framework of a current theory of Syntax.

Prerequisites:

LING 210 Language and Society

LING 310 Articulatory Phonetics

LING 330 Phonological Analysis

LING 360 Morphosyntax I

LING-470 Language and Culture Acquisition: Theory & Praxis 3 Sem. Hours Fall

This course introduces students to theories of second language and second culture acquisition. Students develop and evaluate self-directed strategies based on personal learning styles. Practical experience in the above topics is gained by working with a speaker of a non Indo-European language.

NB: When taken in Fall term, LING 460 and 480 are also recommended.
This course is not normally offered during the summer. If you need this course during summer session, please let us know and we will determine if there is enough demand.

Prerequisites:

LING 360 Grammatical Analysis

LING 330 Phonological Analysis

LING 310 Articulatory Phonetics

LING 210 Language and Society

LING-480 Field Methods: Data Management & Analysis 3 Sem. Hours Fall

Practical methodology for managing, analyzing and describing language data. Working with a native speaker of a non-Indo-European language, students gain experience in the ethics of fieldwork, techniques of data collection and recording, analysis using the scientific method and the use of linguistic software. NB: LING 460 is recommended in same semester.

Prerequisites:

LING 360 Grammatical Analysis

LING 330 Phonological Analysis

LING 310 Articulatory Phonetics

LING 210 Language and Society

LING-481 Anthropological Linguistics: Ethnography 3 Sem. Hours Fall, Spring, Summer

This course introduces crucial concepts in anthropology and ethnography to linguists. It focuses on cross-cultural communication with an emphasis on participant observation as an effective methodology for such research. Students will collect and analyze data related to topics such as oral traditions, kinship, and social structure. They will be introduced to various tools for ethno-semantic analysis, including analysis of cultural themes and worldview, semantic domain analysis, and taxonomic analysis.

Prerequisites:

LING 210 Language and Society

LING-490 Special Topics in Linguistics – Lexicography 3 Sem. Hours Spring

This course provides a theoretical and practical basis for analyzing the semantics of the lexicon, managing a lexical database and producing dictionaries for a variety of audiences including the local community, translators and linguists.

Note: This is an undergraduate version of LING 587 Lexicography.

Prerequisites:

LING 480 Field Methods: Data Management & Analysis

LING-493 Semantics and Pragmatics – ONLINE ONLY 3 Sem. Hours Fall, Spring

This course provides students with the theoretical tools with which to study meaning at the word and sentence levels, and to explain how people interpret utterances in context. Students will study various models of semantics and pragmatics, and learn how to apply different approaches to the study of meaning in natural language.

This course is only offered in ONLINE format.

Prerequisites:

LING 360 Morphosyntax I