English/Linguistics 206 is an introductory-level course that explores the nature of language, including its structure, its development, and its use. We will explore how sounds are articulated (Phonetics) and patterned to represent meaning (Phonology); the relationship between the spoken and written form of language (Phonics); the principles of word formation (Morphology); sentence construction (Syntax); and how we use language to communicate (Semantics and Pragmatics), among other topics.
English/Linguistics 305 is an introduction to American English. We will explore its history, structure, use, and status with respect to other languages and other varieties of English. Structural properties of American English that we will survey include sound patterns, word formation, sentence construction, and how the expression of meaning.
LING 406 deals with the most central aspect of linguistics, the description of languages. Focusing on syntax (sentence structure), morphology (word structure), phonetics and phonology (sound structure), the course tries to show how much variation there is among the languages of the world and what all languages have in common. We will do many exercises on a diverse range of languages in all of these areas.
Linguistics 408 deals with one of the most central aspects of linguistics, the study of syntax. It introduces the concepts that are necessary for the description of sentence structure and, in doing so, tries to show how much variation there is in the syntax of the languages of the world and what all languages have in common.
LING 412 is an introduction to sociolinguistics, the subfield of linguistics which studies language as a tool of social interaction. The course highlights such topics as social, regional, ethnic, and gender-based linguistic variation, the organization of conversations and texts in different cultural groups, the roles of standard languages and bilingualism, and much more.
Syntax has been a central area of linguistic research since the 1960s. This course reviews the concepts that are necessary for the description of sentence structure, showing how much variation there is among languages and what all human languages have in common. Based on this knowledge, we explore how various linguistic theories (especially generative grammar and functional-typological grammar) try to explain how syntax works.