LIN 201/ENG 241 Intro to Language and Linguistics
Professor Christiane Fellbaum
An introduction to the scientific analysis of the structure and uses of language. Core areas covered include phonetics and phonology, morphology, the lexicon, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, with data from a wide range of languages. Topics include the biological basis of language, language and cognition, the neurology of language and language disorders, and first and second language acquisition.
LIN 301 Phonetics and Phonology
Lecturer Paula Houghton
Why does the accent move around in words “finite”, “infinite”, “infinity”, “infinitesimal”, “infiniteness”? Could “tqnqnk” be a word in some human language? (Yes.) Phonologists study such facts to determine what a possible sound system is and the unconscious computations people perform in order to speak and comprehend utterances. A basic but fairly technical introduction to the science of speech sounds: their articulation, acoustic properties, and mental representation. Data and problems from diverse languages.
LIN 314/PSY 302 Linguistics and Language Acquisition
Professor Adele Goldberg
We investigate the development of language from infancy to adulthood. The class examines naturalistic and experimental data concerning the acquisition of phonology, syntax, and semantics in light of current debates in linguistics and psycholinguistics.
PHI 346/LIN 346 Introduction to Formal Semantics
Professor Delia G. Fara
We will study a formal approach to the meaning that develops a technical framework for assigning meanings to expressions (primarily English ones) that makes use of functions and sets. This is a course for anyone interested in how formal methods can be applied to the study of language. The course covers material that is essential for any prospective student of linguistics or philosophy of language.