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Southern Illinois University, Carbondale 

 

 Linguistics 200: Language, Society and the Mind 

Undergraduate core curriculum course focusing on the social, cultural and psychological aspect of language. Throughout the course, we work to bust myths about language usage, language change and the knowledge of language. 
Primary Text: Language Files 11th edition. The Ohio State University Press 

Linguistics 505: Professional Study of Linguistics

Introduction to the graduate study of Linguistics teaching the core areas of morphology, phonology, phonetics and syntax along with the professional expectations and standards of the field. Required for MA TESOL and MA Linguistics students.  

Linguistics 302: From Esperanto to Dothraki: The Linguistic Reality of Invented Languages
(last taught Spring 2017)

Undergraduate course requiring no previous experience in linguistics which focused on topics such as:  linguistic typology, morphological analysis, language and culture and how to apply linguistic evidence and linguistic reasoning to building constructed languages.

Linguistics 405: Introduction to Phonological Theories Linguistics 503: Phonological Theories
(last taught Spring 2016)

Cross-listed course for advanced undergraduates and graduate students focusing on the analysis of phonological problems and the some of the major theories in phonology.
Primary Text: Nathan, Geoffrey. 2008. Phonology: A cognitive grammar introduction. John Benjamins Publishing: Amsterdam/Philadelphia.

Linguistics 406/506:  Introduction to Historical Linguistics / Historical Linguistics  
(last taught Spring 2016)

Cross-listed course for advanced undergraduates and graduate students, primarily enrolled by graduate students, focusing on the methods of the diachronic study of language.
Primary Text: Campell, Lyle. Historical Lingusitics: An Introduction. MIT Press  

Linguistics 440/540:  Invented Languages and Fictional Worlds
(last taught Spring 2015)                                     

Cross-listed course enrolled by graduate students and all levels of undergraduate students, focusing on the connections between constructed languages and natural occurring human languages and on fictional representations of language and linguistics. 
Primary Texts: Adams, Michael (ed). 2011.  From Elvish to Klingon: Exploring Invented Languages.  Oxford University Press.
Okrent, Arika. 2010. In the Land of Invented Languages: Adventures in Linguistic Creativity, Madness and Genius.
Rosenfelder, Mark. 2010. The Language Construction Kit. Yonagu Books.

Linguistics 500: Formal Semantics 
(Last taught Summer 2015)

Introductory graduate course on formal approaches to meaning in language. While the focus of the course is on formal semantics issues of the philosophy of language, pragmatics and lexical semantics are discussed.  Special emphasis is also paid to the mathematical foundations of semantics (set theory, propositional logic, lambda calculus, etc.).
Primary Text: Zimmerman, Thomas and Wolfgang Sternefeld. 2013. Introduction to Semantics: An Essential Guide to the Composition of Meaning. de Gruyter Mouton.

Linguistics 558: Advanced Syntax 
(Last taught Fall 2015)

Advanced graduate course in syntactic theory and analysis, focusing on current syntactic research with an emphasis on its historical development. Due to scheduling issues with the 2014 Linguistics 508: Syntactic Theory, the prerequisite may be waived with permission for the Fall 2015 offering of this course.
Primary Texts: Hornstein, Norbert, Jairo Nunes, Kleanthes Grohamnn. 2005. Understanding Minimalism. Cambridge University Press. 
Lasnik, Howard. 2000. Syntactic Structures Revisited. MIT Press. 


Kutztown University of Pennsylvania  

English 334: Introduction to English Linguistics 

Undergraduate introduction to linguistics primarily targeted at students studying secondary English education. Primary focus of the course was on grammatical description and analysis of English.  
Primary Text: Lobeck, Anne. 2000. Discovering Grammar: An Introduction to English Sentence Structure. Oxford University Press.

English 023: College Composition I

Freshman introduction to college-level writing focusing on genres of academic writing and college level research. 
Primary Text: Ballenger, Bruce. The Curious Researcher. Longman.

English 022: Introduction to College Composition 

Introduction to college-level writing for students who have self-identified as wanting additional time and instruction.


University of Oklahoma 

Linguistics 4330: Syntax II

Advanced undergraduate course in syntactic theory and analysis introducing the core concepts of modern Minimalist approaches to language. 
Primary Text: Adger, David. 2003. Core Syntax: A Minimalist Approach. Oxford University Press. 

Linguistics 4330: Psycholinguistics 

Undergraduate introduction to the field of psycholinguistics with special emphasis on the relationship between formal grammatical approaches to language and psycholinguistic research.
Primary Text: Fernádez, Eva and Helen Smith Cairns. Fundamentals of Psycholingusitics.  Wiley-Blackwell.

Linguistics/Anthropology 4053/5053: Morphology

Cross-listed course for advanced undergraduates and graduate students, primarily enrolled by undergraduate students, dealing with morphological analysis and a comparison of theories of morphology. 
Primary Text: Katamba, Francis and John Stonham. 2006. Morphology. Palgrave McMillian. 

Linguistics/Anthropology 3053: Phonology 

Undergraduate course on phonological theory and analysis covering the fundamentals of rule-based phonology with some advanced discussion of autosegemental and Optimality-theoretic approaches. 

Linguistics/Anthropology 2303: General Linguistics

Undergraduate introduction to the field of linguistics primarily targeted at majors or students in related fields. The course surveys the field of linguistics broadly with depth in the major areas of phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax.
Primary Text: Fromkin, Victoria, Robert Rodman & Nina Hyams. An Introduction to Language. Wadsworth Cengage Learning 

Linguistics/Anthropology 1203: Language Across Cultures

Web-delivered undergraduate general education course focusing on cultural and social issues related to language and linguistics with a special focus on indigenous languages of the United States and Oklahoma.
Primary Text: Blum, Susan (ed). 2012. Making Sense of Language:  Readings in Culture and Communication. Oxford University Press.


University of Arizona

Linguistics/English 322: The Structure and Meaning of Words

Undergraduate introductory course, assuming no background in Linguistics, on the structure and history of English words with in depth discussion on descriptive phonetics, phonology, morphology and analysis of historical change.
Primary Text: Harley, Heidi. 2006. English Words: A Linguistic Introduction. Wiley-Blackwell.

Linguistics 320: Language and Social Issues 

Undergraduate course targeting Linguistics majors and students in related fields looking at the social issues related to language from the perspective of a descriptive linguist with special focus on language endangerment/dormancy and language in the media.
Primary Texts: Crystal, David. 2009. Txting: The Gr8 Db8. Oxford University Press.
Harrison, K. David. 2008. When Languages Die: The Extinction of the World's Languages and the Erosion of Human Knowledge. Oxford University Press.
Trudgill, Peter. 2001. Sociolinguistics: An Introduction to Language and Society. Penguin Books.

Linguistics 300: Introduction to Syntax

Undergraduate introductory course on syntactic theory and analysis primarily targeted at linguistics majors and students in related fields. The course teaches a version of Chomsky's Principles and Parameters approach to syntax and requires students to apply the theory to a variety of languages.
Primary Text: Carnie, Andrew. 2006. Syntax: A Generative Introduction. Wiley-Blackwell.

Linguistics/Philosophy 211: Meaning in Language and Society. 

Undergraduate general education course which drew linguistics majors and philosophy majors along with students needing to satisfy general education requirements. The course discussed topics related to pragmatics, semantics and the philosophy of language with a special emphasis on linguistic beliefs.
Primary Text: Saeed, John. 2008. Semantics. Wiley-Blackwell.

Individuals and Societies 101: Mind, Self and Language 

General education introduction to linguistics and language with special emphasis on the descriptive versus prescriptive divide, academic skills and research writing.


Desert outside of Tucson, circa 2011

Desert outside of Tucson, circa 2011