Course Offerings Fall 2013
Fall 2013 Courses
LIN 201/ENG 241 Intro to Language and Linguistics
Professor Adele Goldberg
The eyes may be the mirror of the soul, but language is the mirror of the mind. Linguists study the structure of language to understand the complex computations that we do unconsciously every time we speak or comprehend utterances. This class will offer an introduction to the scientific analysis of human language, including the study of sound patterns, word formation, sentence structure, and the mental representation of linguistic knowledge.
LIN 217/PSY 217 Law, Language and Cognition
Professor Larry Solan
During the past half century, enormous strides have been made by linguists, philosophers, and cognitive psychologists in coming to an understanding of the human language faculty. Some of this progress has direct implications for the legal system. This course is designed to study some of the most interesting of these interactions. In particular, we will ask how this learning should cause us to question some of the tacit assumptions about language that are embedded in the law, and how knowledge about the human language faculty can bear directly on the resolution of disputes within the legal system.
LIN 302 Syntax
Professor Edwin S. Williams
T TH 11:00-12:20
An introduction to the syntax of human languages -- the universal principles and mechanisms of sentence construction. Designed for students interested in a scientific approach to human language and/or a better understanding of the structure of language.
LIN 308/TRA 308 Bilingualism
Professor Christiane Fellbaum
T TH 3:00-4:20
The course covers the linguistic, psycholinguistic, neurolinguistic, and sociolinguistic aspects of
bilingualism. We examine language acquisition in monolingual and bilingual children, the notion of "critical age" for language acquisition, definitions and measurements of bilingualism, and the verbal behavior of bilinguals such as code-switching. We consider the effects of bilingualism on other cognitive domains, including memory, and examine neurolinguistic evidence comparing the brains of monolinguals and bilinguals. Societal and governmental attitudes toward bilingualism in countries like India and the U.S. are contrasted.
LIN 435/PHI 435 Advanced Semantics
Professor Edwin Williams
T TH 1:30-2:50
Advanced issues in linguistic semantics. Topics will include quantification, vagueness, presupposition, implicature, genericity, information structure, and event structure.
CLA 475/LIN 475 Introduction to Sanskrit
Professor Elaine Fisher
This class teaches the fundamentals of Sanskrit grammar, with all reading and writing doen in the original (Devanagari) script. It prepares students to begin reading classics of Sanskrit literature in the follow-up course in the spring, CLA 476.