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Lower Division Courses Without Pre-requisites | Fall 2019 

Looking for an interesting elective to take? The following courses are open to all students and do not require any pre-requisites. Most of these courses also fulfill your Breadth-Social Sciences (B-Soc) or Breadth-Science (B-Sci) requirements. 

NOTE: If you are a Linguistics major student, you cannot count these courses as part of your B-Soc/Sci requirements. 

LING 100 D100 -  COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE 

B-Soc

Dr. Iouri Pankrats
Tuesdays, 2:30 pm — 5:20 pm
SSCC 9002, SFU Burnaby

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This course introduces the study of language and human communication. Topics to be covered include:

  • the biological basis of human language
  • relations of language to cognition, culture and thought
  • structure in language 
  • the neurological basis of language and language disorders
  • language acquisition
  • languages of the world
  • language change
  • human language vs. animal communication 
  • evolution of human language 
  • language in society
  • writing systems

LING 100 D200 - COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE 

B-Soc

Dr. Trude Heift
Fridays, 2:30 pm — 5:20 pm
HCC 1800, SFU Vancouver

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This course introduces the study of language and human communication. Topics to be covered include:

  • the biological basis of human language
  • relations of language to cognition, culture and thought
  • structure in language 
  • the neurological basis of language and language disorders
  • language acquisition
  • languages of the world
  • language change
  • human language vs. animal communication 
  • evolution of human language 
  • language in society
  • writing systems

LING 111 D100 - INTRO TO ENGLISH VOCABULARY ANALYSIS 

B-Soc

Dr. Iouri Pankrats
Wednesdays, 2:30 pm — 5:20 pm 
AQ 3182, SFU Burnaby

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This course introduces linguistics focusing on vocabulary through the medium of the English language. You’ll learn about where words come from and how and why there meanings and forms change.  The majority of the words in English are not native English words but borrowed from Latin, Greek and French - about 80% of the entire English vocabulary!

This course will be beneficial for all of you to enhance your formal and technical vocabulary. By the end of Ling111 you will be able to apply a variety of linguistic principles and analytical tools to determining how words are formed, their origin, how and why they change over time. Your vocabulary and especially terminology will grow tremendously. 

Practical issues like translation and interpretation feature in this course, too. Finally, toward the end of LING 111, we will examine how technology, social media, and even typography impact modern English vocabulary. And no course of this kind would be complete without a look at the influence of World Englishes — English as it is spoken in different parts of the world — and how these varieties influence the vocabulary of one another.

LING 160 D100 - LANGUAGE, CULTURE AND SOCIETY 

B-Soc

Dr. Suzanne Hilgendorf
Tuesdays, 10:30 am — 11:20 am 
RCB 8100, SFU Burnaby 

Thursdays, 9:30 am — 11:20 am 
AQ 3153, SFU Burnaby 

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This course explores how language is a social phenomenon. For example, English as it is used in Vancouver is distinct from how it is used in New York City or Edinburgh, Scotland or Singapore. Within each of these contexts the users use English in ways that reflect their cultural identities, background, beliefs, practices, and values. 

This course explores these and other topics in sociolinguistics, the research field that examines the relationship between social factors, culture, and language use. Topics to be discussed include multilingualism in speech communities and the social reasons for language acquisition, language shift, language maintenance, language loss, and even language death.

The course looks at the phenomena of regional dialects (e.g. Newfoundland English; Texas English; Indian English) and social dialects (e.g. the Queen’s English vs. that of working class Londoners). It examines how language use can vary within a speech community depending on such social factors as ethnicity, gender, age, and class/caste. Additional topics include the role of politeness and stereotypes in language use, variation, and the relationship between language and cognition.

A special lecture will focus on the subject of World Englishes, which examines the international spread of English to speech communities around the globe. 

LING 160 D900 - LANGUAGE, CULTURE AND SOCIETY 

B-Soc

Mohsen Moghaddam
Mondays, 2:30 pm — 5:20 pm 
SUR 5140, SFU Surrey

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This course examines how language essentially is a social phenomenon, something that is shaped by those who use it (users) and their uses for it in communicating with others, both within and across different (cultural) contexts. The wide range of sociolinguistic topics to be discussed includes bilingual and multilingual speech communities, language maintenance, language loss and language death, and the phenomena of regional as well as social dialects.

The course will further consider how language use varies according to such social factors as ethnicity, gender, age, identity and social class. The role of politeness and stereotypes in language use, variation in language use, and the relationship between language and cognition, are additional topics. In this course, students:

  • gain a basic understanding of the fundamental concepts and issues concerning Language and its intricate relationship to Culture and Society;
  • develop the ability to critically evaluate these concepts and issues, a skill that can also be applied to other areas of life ;
  • develop the ability to articulate themselves orally and in writing on course concepts and issues, another skill that can be applied to other areas of life; and
  • learn to relate these concepts and issues to language use locally here in Vancouver as well as in the speech communities of which you personally are a member.

LING 200 D100 - INTRO TO ENGLISH SENTENCE ANALYSIS 

Dr. Kyeong-min Kim 
Wednesdays, 1:30 pm — 2:20 pm 
WMC 3260, SFU Burnaby 

Fridays, 12:30 pm — 2:20 pm 
AQ 3149, SFU Burnaby 

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This course introduces you to commonly used terminology and concepts employed in analyzing English grammar. It’s a practical course. The materials will help you to develop the analytical skills needed for understanding how sentences are put together. LING 200 is not prescriptive, but rather takes a descriptive approach: it deals with how we actually use English. It’s a course that will appeal especially to those planning to teach English as a second language or who will be taking other linguistics or related courses at the university level.

LING 220 D100 - INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTICS 

B-Soc

Dr. Heather Bliss
Tuesdays, 10:30 am — 12:20 pm
SSCC 9002, SFU Burnaby 

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This course introduces the complexities of human language by focusing on the core areas of linguistics: phonetics (production, transmission, and perception of speech), phonology (the patterning of speech sounds in language), morphology (word structure and formation), syntax (sentence structure and formation), and semantics (analysis of meaning in language).

LING 290 D100 - THE SCIENCE OF SPEECH 

B-Soc or B-Sci 

Dr. Henny Yeung
Tuesdays, 2:30 — 5:20 pm
SECB 1012, SFU Burnaby

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An introduction to the scientific study of speech, focusing on the mechanisms of speech production and perception, the ways in which speech is described and analyzed, the relationship between speech and technology, and the practical applications of phonetic science in such diverse areas as clinical linguistics, forensics, language teaching, business, and the arts.

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