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Linguistics Courses

LING 100 - Communication and Language (3)

A non-theoretical approach to the study of language using examples from a variety of languages. Breadth-Social Sciences.

LING 111 - Introduction to English Vocabulary Analysis (3)

Introduces the linguistic pathways by which selected contemporary English vocabulary has arisen. Word etymologies are derived through the application of analytical tools leading to a deeper understanding of language change and word meaning. Students with credit for LING 110 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.

LING 160 - Language, Culture and Society (3)

An introduction to language in its social and cultural dimensions. Students who have taken LING 260 prior to Fall 2008 may not take LING 160 for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.

LING 200 - Introduction to English Sentence Analysis (3)

A practical overview of English grammar based on linguistic principles, for those desiring basic knowledge of language structure, grammatical categories and grammatical analysis. This course is particularly suited for students interested in the teaching of English as a second language.

LING 220 - Introduction to Linguistics (3)

An introduction to linguistic analysis. Breadth-Social Sciences.

LING 280 - Interdisciplinary Topics in Linguistics (3)

Introduces students to topics in which fundamental concepts of Linguistics are combined with concepts from other fields in order to answer applied or theoretical questions.

LING 282W - Writing for Linguistics (3)

Develops skills in writing in linguistics while providing a closer look at fundamental concepts of the discipline. As topics examined may vary by term, this course may be repeated once for credit if the topic is different. Prerequisite: LING 220: Introduction to Linguistics. Writing/Quantitative.

LING 290 - The Science of Speech (3)

Introduces 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. Breadth-Social Sci/Science.

LING 301W - Linguistic Argumentation (3)

Advanced study of the styles of written argumentation that are used in linguistic research. Prerequisite: LING 282W; or LING 222 and any lower division W course. Students with credit for LING 301 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

LING 309W - Sociolinguistics (3)

A systematic approach to the study of linguistic variation in different areal, social, and cultural settings. Prerequisite: LING 282W. Recommended: LING 160 or LING 260. Students with credit for LING 409 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

LING 321 - Phonology (3)

An overview of theoretical principles in phonology. Prerequisite: LING 282W; or LING 221 and any lower division W course.

LING 322 - Syntax (3)

Introduces theories of sentence structure. Prerequisite: LING 282W; or LING 222 and any lower division W course.

LING 323 - Morphology (3)

Word structure in natural languages and its relationship to phonological and syntactic levels of grammar. Prerequisite: One of LING 301W, 309W or 482W.

LING 324 - Semantics (3)

Basic formal aspects of meaning (e.g. compositional semantics, truth conditional semantics and quantification in natural language) and how they are distinguished from pragmatic aspects of meaning. Prerequisite: LING 282W; or LING 222 and any lower division W course. Quantitative.

LING 330 - Phonetics (3)

A survey of methods of speech sound description and transcription. Prerequisite: LING 282W; or LING 221 and any lower division W course.

LING 350 - First Language Acquisition (3)

Introduction to the study of language acquisition from the point of view of linguistic structure. Prerequisite: One of LING 301W, 309W or 482W. Students who have taken LING 250 may not take this course for further credit.

LING 360 - Introduction to Applied Linguistics (3)

Theoretical and practical aspects of second language learning. Prerequisite: LING 282W.

LING 362 - Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language to Adults (3)

Application of linguistic principles to the teaching of English as a second language. Prerequisite: LING 282W; or LING 221 and any lower division W course.

LING 363 - Practicum in Teaching English as a Second Language to Adults (3)

Implementation of linguistic principles in the teaching of English as a second language, including classroom teaching practice with adult learners of English. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisite: LING 360, 362.

LING 400 - Formal Linguistics (3)

Formal systems and their relation to linguistic methods and theory. Topics include the mathematical properties of natural languages, and rigorously defined frameworks for linguistic analysis and their formal properties. Prerequisite: LING 322. Recommended: PHIL 210. Quantitative.

LING 401 - Topics in Phonetics (3)

Advanced training in speech sound description and analysis in the impressionistic and instrumental modes. Prerequisite: LING 330.

LING 407 - Historical Linguistics (3)

The development of languages and language families through time; genetic grouping, the comparative method, reconstruction, etymology, universals and language change. Prerequisite: LING 321, 322, plus LING 301W or LING 309W or LING 482W.

LING 408 - Field Linguistics (3)

The investigation and description of an unfamiliar language. Prerequisite: LING 221 or 321; and 222 or 322.

LING 410 - Theories of Applied Linguistics (3)

Explores the range of theories that are used within applied linguistics, including issues of theory evaluation and application. Prerequisite: LING 360 and 9 units of upper division Linguistics. Students with credit for LING 480 or LING 481 with this topic may not take this course for further credit.

LING 411 - Topics in Applied Phonetics (3)

Application of principles from phonetics to a number of practical problems in such areas as second language learning and teaching, forensics, communications, commerce and the arts. Prerequisite: LING 321 or 330, and 9 additional units of upper division Linguistics.

LING 415 - Neurolinguistics (3)

Explores language as a system of the human brain, including specific topics such as the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of language; language production, perception and processing; bilingualism, language learning and brain plasticity; and aphasia, dyslexia, deafness and sign languages. Prerequisite: 12 units of upper division linguistic courses.

LING 430 - Aboriginal Languages of the Americas (3)

Structural and genetic characteristics of aboriginal languages of the Americas, with special emphasis on languages of the Northwest. Detailed examination of one language or language family. Prerequisite: 12 upper division linguistics units. Recommended: LING 323.

LING 431 - Language Structures I (3)

Detailed examination of the structure of a selected language. Prerequisite: LING 282W; or LING 221 and 222.

LING 432 - Language Structures II (3)

Detailed examination of the structure of a selected language. Prerequisite: LING 282W; or LING 221 and 222.

LING 441 - Linguistic Universals and Typology (3)

A survey of the main language types found in the world with reference to their structural properties; the categorization of language types as a consequence of linguistic universals. Prerequisite: Two of LING 321, 322 or 323.

LING 480 - Topics in Linguistics I (3)

Investigation of a selected area of linguistic research. This course may be repeated once for credit if the topic is different. Prerequisite: Requirements will vary according to the topic offered.

LING 481 - Topics in Linguistics II (3)

Investigation of a selected area of linguistic research. This course may be repeated once for credit if the subject is different. Prerequisite: Requirements will vary according to the topic offered.

LING 482W - Topics in Linguistics III (3)

Investigation of a selected area of linguistic research. The course will be writing-intensive. This course may be repeated once for credit if the subject is different. Prerequisite: Requirements will vary according to the topic offered. Writing.

LING 490 - Honours Essay (3)

Topic of a specific nature to be agreed upon by the student and a particular faculty member. Prerequisite: A minimum of 35 units of upper division linguistic courses counting toward the honours degree.

LING 491 - Directed Research (3)

Directed study aimed at gaining knowledge and practical experience in designing, conducting, analyzing, and documenting linguistics research. To register, a student must have (i) prior written agreement from a Linguistics Department faculty member or associate member who will act as a research supervisor; and (ii) permission from the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Chair. Prerequisite: LING 220, 60 units, and permission of the Undergraduate Committee Chair.

LING 492 - Directed Research (3)

Advanced directed study aimed at gaining knowledge and practical experience in designing, conducting, analyzing, and documenting linguistics research. To register, a student must have (i) completed 491; (ii) prior written agreement from a Linguistics Department faculty member or associate member who will act as a research supervisor; and (iii) permission from the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Chair. Prerequisite: LING 491 and permission of the Undergraduate Committee Chair.

LING 800 - Phonology (3)

An overview of contemporary phonological theory and its relation to phonetics, morphology and psycholinguistics.

LING 801 - Syntax (3)

Introduction to formal syntactic analysis. Topics include categories, phrase structure, word order, grammatical relations, binding, and long-distance syntactic dependencies.

LING 802 - Semantics (3)

An introduction to formal approaches to meaning. Topics include truth conditions, compositionality, quantification, variable binding and relationship between semantic aspects of meaning and pragmatic aspects of meaning. Formal approaches are also compared to cognitive approaches.

LING 803 - Discourse and Pragmatics (3)

Introduction to the analysis of discourse as the use of language in context, and the general discipline of pragmatics. Topics to be covered include coherence, reference, implicature, speech acts and information structure.

LING 804 - Field Methods (3)

Students elicit, transcribe, organize, and analyze linguistic data collected from a native speaker of an unfamiliar, understudied, and often-unwritten language.

LING 805 - Historical and Comparative Linguistics (3)

Introduction to the mechanisms of language change and the methods used to investigate them, including the comparative method and linguistic reconstruction.

LING 806 - Sociolinguistics (3)

Introduction to the most prominent aspects of the interface between language and society, and the qualitative and quantitative methods that are used to investigate it.

LING 807 - Computational Linguistics (3)

Introduction to theoretical and applied issues in the computational processing of natural language.

LING 810 - Topics in Linguistics I (3)

In-depth treatment of a selected area of Linguistics. Specific topics will vary from offering to offering.

LING 811 - Topics in Linguistics II (3)

In-depth treatment of a selected area of Linguistics. Specific topics will vary from offering to offering.

LING 812 - Topics in Linguistics III (3)

In-depth treatment of a selected area of Linguistics. Specific topics will vary from offering to offering.

LING 813 - Topics in Linguistics IV (3)

In-depth treatment of a selected area of Linguistics. Specific topics will vary from offering to offering.

LING 820 - Formal Linguistics (3)

Formal systems and their relation to linguistic methods and theory. Topics include the mathematical properties of natural languages, and rigorously defined frameworks for linguistic analysis and their formal properties.

LING 821 - Phonetics (3)

A survey of articulatory, acoustic, and auditory phonetics. Topics include theories of speech production and perception, neurophonetics, first and second language speech acquisition, and computerized methods for speech analysis.

LING 830 - Phonetics and Phonology of a First Nations Language (4)

An introduction to the phonetics and phonology of a particular First Nations Language, with special reference to pronunciation and perception.

LING 831 - Morphology and Syntax of a First Nations Language (4)

An introduction to the morphology and syntax of a particular First Nations Language, with special reference to sentence structure and word architecture.

LING 832 - Narrative and Discourse Structure of a First Nations Language (4)

Transcription, creation, and analysis of the rhetorical and discourse structure of narratives in a First Nations language.

LING 833 - Socio-cultural and Cognitive Aspects of a First Nations Language (4)

An investigation of a particular First Nations language in its cultural, social, and cognitive context. Topics include: areal features, language families and dialects of Northwest languages, contact linguistics, gender, numeral classification, kin terms, anchoring language in time and space, expressing speaker’s viewpoint, oral traditions, place names, and ethnobiology.

LING 834 - Effective Pedagogies and Materials Development for First Nations Language (4)

Theoretical and practical aspects of teaching and learning First Nations languages. Topics include an overview of innovative methods and the development of materials that enrich the language learning environment, with examples from multiple indigenous languages.

LING 850 - Foundations of Applied Linguistics (3)

Introduction to areas where linguistics is applied, with a particular focus on language learning and acquisition.

LING 851 - Research Techniques and Experimental Design (3)

Introduces the use of experimental methods and laboratory techniques for carrying out research in speech and language sciences. Topics include reading research literature, research design and hypothesis testing, statistical methods and data analysis, and research paper write-up.

LING 855 - Topics in Applied Linguistics (3)

In-depth treatment of a particular area of applied linguistics. Topic will vary from offering to offering.

LING 890 - Graduate Seminar I (1)

An introduction to professional aspects in the field of Linguistics. Course consists of seminars, lectures and workshops. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

LING 891 - Graduate Seminar II (1)

An introduction to professional aspects in the field of Linguistics. Course consists of seminars, lectures and workshops. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

LING 893 - First Nations Linguistics MA Project (6)

Students complete this course when enrolled in the Linguistics of a First Nations Language MA program.

LING 894 - Qualifying Paper I (6)

Qualifying Paper for a PhD student. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: All PhD coursework in Linguistics.

LING 895 - Qualifying Paper II (6)

Qualifying Paper for a PhD student. Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Prerequisite: All PhD coursework in Linguistics.

LING 896 - Directed Research (3)

Topic of a specific nature to be agreed upon by the student and a faculty member.

LING 898 - MA Thesis (10)

Students who are working on their Master of Arts thesis enrol in this course.

LING 899 - PhD Thesis (10)

Students who are working on their PhD thesis enrol in this course.