Principles of Linguistics (3)
Introduction to linguistics and its areas of inquiry, such as sociolinguistics, syntax, semantics, phonetics, phonology, and morphology. Techniques of linguistic analysis and their applications to various languages.
Applied Linguistics (3)
A survey of the applications of linguistics in various areas: the
media, advertising, language acquisition, and English as a second
language. Other topics include analysis of spoken discourse, language
planning, and standardization.
Language, Class, and Culture (3)
A nontechnical study of social and geographical language differences,
how men's and women's speech differs, standard versus nonstandard
dialects, formal and informal speech styles, bilingualism, pidgin, and
Linguistics and the Urban Environment (3)
This course will introduce students to the field of linguistics (the science of
language), and in particular, grammar and sociolinguistics (which studies the
ways in which language serves to define and maintain group identity and social
relationships among speakers). We will learn about: descriptive vs.
prescriptive views of language; standard vs. nonstandard dialects; language
and ethnicity; language and social context (including formal and informal
speech styles); language attitudes. An important component of the course
will be for Rutgers students to teach the basic concepts of sociolinguistics to
youth in Camden, so that they will learn about the social functions fulfilled
by their own complex speech patterns.
Introduction to Language (3)
overview of basic grammatical concepts and general interest questions
relating to language, such as dialects, how ordinary conversation
works, the origins of language, and more.
Linguistics and Literature (3)
Application of concepts of linguistic analysis to the interpretation of literary texts. Topics include metaphor, speech acts, politeness, inference, point of view, and speech/thought presentation.
Modern American Grammar (3)
A linguistic approach to English grammar. Theoretical and practical implications of English phonology, morphology, and syntax.
Language, Power, and Politics (3)
Examination of a range of political issues concerning language, including language attitudes (discrimination, "authority," and "correctness" in language), dialects/standard language ideology, political speech, language policy in the United States, advertising, gender, politically correct language, and ecolinguistics.
History of the English Language (3)
A linguistic study of the English language at various periods of its history, the process of change from one period to another, and the relationship of English to other languages.
Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs (3)
This is a comprehensive introduction
to the language and culture of the Ancient Egyptian writing of the Middle
Kingdom (and afterwards) known as the Early Middle or Classical Egyptian. No
previous knowledge of grammatical terms is assumed. The material studied in
class provides the students with sufficient vocabulary and grammar to read
original Egyptian documents written in hieroglyphs.
Special Studies in Linguistics (3)
A course in a specially selected topic.
Primarily, but not exclusively, for advanced students. Courses with different topics may be repeated for credit.
Independent Study in Linguistics (BA,BA)
An opportunity for advanced students to work individually with an instructor on a self-determined course of study. The project culminates in a substantial paper.
Prerequisite: 50:615:201 or permission of instructor.