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New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2024 Programs of Study and Courses for Liberal Arts and Sciences Students Programs, Faculty, and Courses Linguistics 615 Courses  


01:615:101 Exploring Language (3) Wide-ranging examination of human language as a social, cultural, cognitive, historical, and formal phenomenon. May not be used for major or minor credit.
01:615:190 Invented Languages (1.5) Introduction to linguistic properties of familiar and less familiar languages, natural and artificial. Content varies depending on the language or languages chosen. May not be used for major or minor credit.
01:615:191 Linguistics, the Internet, and Social Media (1.5) Examination of language use on the internet and in social media through scholarly and popular sources. Investigation of current trends using linguistics research methodologies. Content varies to emphasize timely linguistic trends. May not be used for major or minor credit.
01:615:201 Introduction to Linguistic Theory (3)   Structural properties of human language as illuminated by modern linguistic theory. Sentence structure, sound patterns, word form, and aspects of meaning. Principles of Universal Grammar. Required for all majors and minors; serves as a prerequisite for most other courses. Credit not given for both this course and 01:730:421.
01:615:215 Language of Advertising (3) Examines advertising strategies from a linguistic perspective, focusing on how sounds, sentence structures, and meanings are used in persuasive messages.
01:615:305 Syntax (3) Structure of phrases and sentences in natural language. Universal grammar and interlinguistic variation. X-bar theory. Case, NP- and Wh-movement, anaphora, binding, and government. Lexical representation. Logical form. Prerequisite: 01:615:201.
01:615:315 Phonology (3) Sound structure of language. Phonetic underpinnings; phonological representation; rule systems; constraint interaction. Syllable structure; feature geometry; vowel harmony; stress, accent, and tone. Prerequisite: 01:615:201.
01:615:325 Semantics (3) Meaning in natural language. Construction of the meaning of the whole from the meaning of the parts. Syntactic structure and semantic interpretation. Model theoretic semantics. Prerequisite: 01:615:201.
01:615:330 Historical Linguistics (3) Change of language structure through time. Methods of reconstructing dead languages.  Syntactic and phonological rule systems as locus of change. Language families; the deep reconstruction controversy. Prerequisite: 01:615:201.
01:615:350 Pragmatics (3) Linguistic structure above the sentence level, relating language to context of use. Speech acts, conversational maxims, presupposition and implicature, and deixis. Prerequisite: 01:615:201.
01:615:371 Psychology of Language (3) Production, perception, and acquisition of language at the level of sound (phonology), words (morphology and the lexicon), and grammar (syntax). Prerequisite: 01:615:201. Credit not given for both this course and 01:830:351.
01:615:381 Sociolinguistics (3) Emphasizes insights into the use of language in society provided by a generative linguistics approach to natural language. Prerequisite: 01:615:201.
01:615:391 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism (3) Anatomy (structure) and physiology (function) of the systems and processes involved in speech production. Respiratory, phonatory, articulatory, resonatory, and nervous systems. Prerequisite content required for students planning to pursue a higher-level degree in the speech and hearing sciences, including speech pathology and audiology; emphasizes clinically relevant information. Prerequisite: 01:615:201.
01:615:392 Introduction to Communication Disorders (3) Introduction to the study of human communication disorders, from the typical acquisition of speech and language milestones to the nature, causes, assessment, and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders; examination of the professional roles and responsibilities of speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Required for a higher-level degree in the speech and hearing sciences. Prerequisite: 01:615:201.
01:615:393 Audiology (3) Introduction to the profession and practice of audiology through an overview of anatomy and physiology of the auditory system, physical properties of sound relevant to hearing assessment, techniques for hearing assessment, and auditory disorders. Covers the prerequisite content to pursue a higher-level degree in the speech and hearing sciences. Prerequisite: 01:615:201.
01:615:394 Speech and Hearing Science (3) Introduction to the fundamentals of speech and hearing science, as applicable to speech-language pathology and audiology. Students will develop an understanding of the basic physical properties of sound or pressure waves, learn about the acoustics and perception of speech, describe perceptual correlates related to these sound properties and the anatomy and physiology of the speech production and hearing mechanism related to these properties, and explain variability that occurs. Covers the prerequisite content to pursue a higher-level degree in the speech and hearing sciences. Prerequisite: 01:615:201
01:615:407 Francophone Linguistics (3) Study of advanced problems of syntax in French and Francophone dialects and Creole in conjunction with theoretical problems in linguistics. Prerequisite: 01:615:201 or 01:420:333. Credit not given for both this course and 01:420:407.
01:615:411 Morphology (3) Structure of words in natural language. Word formation and syntax. Effects of word structure on sound patterning. Inflection, derivation, compounding, headedness, and scope of affixes. Prerequisite: 01:615:305 or 315.
01:615:415 Evolution of the Human Language Capacity (3) Origins of the human language capacity in the evolutionary history of mankind. Prerequisite: 01:615:305, 315, 325, or 350.
01:615:421 Language Typology (3) Similarities and differences between grammatical systems, with focus on syntax. Role of principled variation in Universal Grammar. Overt and nonovert movement, pro-drop, case marking, and anaphora. Markedness. Prerequisite: 01:615:305.
01:615:425 Romance Linguistics (3) Comparison of principal syntactic and phonological structures of French, Spanish, Italian, and other Romance languages. Stress patterns; vowel and consonant shifts. Pro-drop language, inflection, and inversion. Contrast with English. Prerequisites: 01:615:201 and one of 01:615:305, 315, or 325.
01:615:431 Investigations into an Unfamiliar Language (3) Study of the linguistic structure of an unfamiliar language, based on in-class work with a native-speaking consultant. Prerequisite: 01:615:305, 315, 325, or 350.
01:615:435 Experimental Methodologies in Language Acquisition (3) A review of experimental methodologies used by linguists to investigate language acquisition, including an in-depth focus on the linguistic phenomena being acquired by the language learner. Hands-on experience designing experiments and analyzing data. Prerequisites: 01:615:305.
01:615:440 Language Development (3) Overview of child language development in the major subfields of Linguistics: phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. Covers child language production and comprehension, developmental milestones, theoretical frameworks, experimental methodologies, the role of the adult speaker, and multiple factors influencing language development. Involves hands-on work emphasizing communication with speech-language pathologists, parents, educators, and other professionals. Prerequisite: 01:615:201
01:615:441 Linguistics and Cognitive Science (3)   Linguistic theory and the human mind/brain. Acquisition and processing of natural language. Parsing. Formal learning. Language deficits. Symbolic and connectionist approaches to language. Prerequisite: 01:615:305, 315, 325, or 350.
01:615:445 Language and Cognition (3) Understanding language and cognition. Language structure, linguistic and conceptual representations, and cognitive processes. Prerequisites: 01:185:201, 01:615:201. Credit not given for both this course and 01:185:410 or 01:185:340.
01:615:451 Phonetics (3) Articulatory mechanisms of speech. Physical characteristics of speech sounds; interpretation of spectrograms. Description and transcription of the sounds of the world's languages. Prerequisite: 01:615:305, 315, 325, or 350.
01:615:455 Computational Linguistics (3) An introduction to theoretical and practical issues in computational linguistics for linguistics majors. Students will learn basic programming techniques and apply them to the scientific study of language. Topics may include automata and formal language theory, regular expressions, syntactic and semantic parsing, functional programming, statistical methods, chatbots, and learning. No prior knowledge of programming or computer science is required. Prerequisite: 01:615:201.
01:615:461 Linguistics of Signed Languages (3) Introduces the fundamental structure of natural signed languages spoken around the world. Covers the essentials of signed language phonology, syntax, and semantics. Includes discussion of deaf culture and of art and media in the signed languages medium. Prerequisite: 01:615:201.
01:615:465 An Introduction to Prosody (3) Prosodic structure of language. Intonation in conversation, phonetic and phonological cues, sociophonetics of intonation, prosodic development, prosody in atypical populations and technological application. Prosody and intonation data collection and transcription.
Prerequisite: 01:615:201 and either 615:315 or 615:451.
01:615:471 Selected Topics in Linguistics (3) Study of selected areas in linguistics. Prerequisite: 01:615:305, 315, 325, or 350.
01:615:481 Language and Law (3) Introduction to forensic linguistics. Examination of the linguistic analyses of language in legal settings and how language is used and interpreted by suspects, police, laws, and courts. Topics may include syntax, semantics, phonetics, phonology, morphology, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics. Prerequisite: 01:615:305, 315, 325, or 350.
01:615:491 Practicum in Linguistics (3) Linguistic research techniques. Participation in a research group that focuses on a specific topic, defined by the course instructor. Prerequisite: 01:615:305, 315, 325, or 350.
01:615:493,494 Independent Study (3,3) Independent research carried out under supervision of a linguistics faculty member. Prerequisites: Permission of major advisor and instructor.
01:615:495,496 Senior Honors Thesis (3,3) Supervised research and writing of a senior honors thesis. Prerequisites: Senior status; permission of major advisor.
01:615:497 Advanced Undergraduate Seminar (3) Students are introduced to a research topic. Work in small groups selecting a project related to the topic, with the goal of making a public presentation (e.g., poster, video, PowerPoint) at the end of the semester. Topics vary. Prerequisites: Open only to linguistics majors; special permission.

Approved courses in other departments counting toward the major or minor as electives are listed on the Department of Linguistics website, in the undergraduate area (in the major/minor descriptions and course descriptions).
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