Linguistics : Courses

LIN 104 Writing Systems

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Surveys the ways in which natural languages have been, and are today, represented graphically throughout the world. We examine several types of systems (ideographic, logographic, syllabic, and alphabetic) and examine the linguistic principles that underlie each of these systems.

LIN 106 Languages of the World

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Overview of the world's languages: what languages there are, what they are like, how they are similar, and how they are different.

LIN 108 Roots of English

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Word roots in English, their history and development, meanings and combinations, usage and variations. Borrowings into and from English. English as a world language.

LIN 198 Freshman Seminar

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Varies each semester depending on instructor.

LIN 200 Language in Pluralistic America

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LR
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Language variation by ethnicity, race, class, gender, and religion in American society. (A cognate equivalent to UGC 211 American Pluralism.)

LIN 205 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces the structure of language (phonetics, phonology, morphology, semantics, and syntax), looking at a broad variety of languages; approaches to linguistic analysis and theory.

LIN 207 Language, Society, and the Individual

Credits: 3
Semester(s): Fall, Spring
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces the functions of language in social groups; the acquisition of language; the relationships among language, thought, and culture; bilingualism and second language teaching.

LIN 275 Languages and Cultures of Native North America

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Expression of meaning and linguistic concepts in a number of native languages of North America.

LIN 301 Structure of English: the Sound System

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Sound structure of English, including the articulation of sounds, phonological patterns and alternations, and dialects.

LIN 302 Structure of English: Grammar and Lexicon

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Syntax and morphology of English, including lexical and grammatical categories, basic clause structure, and complex sentences.

LIN 311 Variation in English

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduction to major regional dialects and contact varieties of English speaking world and to many dimensions of social variation in British and North American English. Hands-on activities and projects will help familiarize students with the theories and methods of dialectology and variations sociolinguistics.

LIN 315 Language in Its Social Setting

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Analyzes the social basis of conversational interaction on two levels: the linguistic structures of dialogue and the cultural models underlying interaction.

LIN 320 Language and the Brain

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Localization and lateralization of language in the brain; aphasia, dyslexia, and other neurolinguistic disorders; developmental neurolinguistics.

LIN 342 Introduction to Cognitive Science

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
An interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of knowledge and mind, guided by principles of formal systems and computation. Concepts and approaches from psychology, philosophy, artificial intelligence, linguistics, and neuroscience.

LIN 345 Natural Language and the Computer

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Natural language applications such as search engines, and speech recognition play an increasingly important role in society. It seems like a very simple process, and yet it is very difficult. This class addresses the problems faced by computers in dealing with human language.

LIN 355 Child Language Development

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Acquisition of the structure and function of a child's native language. Relationships among the development of language, cognition, biology, and social interaction.

LIN 356 An Introduction to Contemporary Theories of Metaphor

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
General overview of the analysis of metaphors and analogy from a linguistic and cognitive perspective.

LIN 402 Phonology Practicum

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Analyzing the sound systems of diverse languages.

LIN 404 Discourse-Pragmatics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Use of language in communicative acts (e.g., speech acts, conversational principles, text structure, discourse-governed grammatical alternations, topic, focus, and theme).

LIN 405 Bilingualism and Language Contact

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Linguistic, psychological, educational, and sociocultural characteristics of bilingualism, multilingualism, and language contact.

LIN 406 Meaning Communication

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Focuses on social and referential aspects of human communication.

LIN 410 Morphology

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Structure of words; different theoretical approaches to the analysis of morphemes, words, and idioms.

LIN 413 Language and Cognition

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines classificatory phenomena in lexical and grammatical structure from a cross-linguistic perspective, focusing on African, European, East Asian, and Native American languages.

LIN 414 History of the English Language

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces the linguistic and cultural development of the English language from its beginnings to the present.

LIN 415 Syntax I

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Fundamentals of syntactic analysis, applied to data from a wide range of languages. Briefly introduces syntactic theory.

LIN 417 Psycholinguistics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Psycholinguistic processes involved in producing and comprehending language, including speech sounds, meaning, lexicon, syntax, discourse, and literacy.

LIN 421 Linguistic Anthropology

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Relationship between language and culture cross-culturally from the point of view of linguistic anthropology. Relies on primary readings, looking both at descriptive studies of particular languages and cultures, and theoretical issues, specifically the Linguistic Relativity Hypothesis.

LIN 425 Typology and Universals

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Ways in which languages are similar to and different from each other, including morphological categories, word order, case marking, and grammatical relations.

LIN 426 Comparative Syntactic Theories

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The objective of the proposed course is to offer a survey of important modern (i.e. post-1950) approaches to syntactic theory. Theoretical models to be covered include various transformationalist approaches, Head-drive Phrase Structure Grammar, Lexical Functional Grammar, Role and Reference Grammar, and typological and functional approaches. The leading ideas of each theoretical framework will be presented, and the frameworks will be compared and contrasted with each other, both in terms of the overall models they adopt and in how they use linguistic data to support their models.

LIN 431 Phonetics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Fundamental aspects of phonetics: articulation, aerodynamics, acoustics, suprasegmentals, phonetic features, sound change, and universals; focus on cross-linguistic analysis.

LIN 432 Phonology I

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Thorough grounding in phonological analysis, using data from a wide variety of languages. Briefly introduces phonological theory.

LIN 433 Phonology II

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Current developments in phonological theory, including derivational and non-derivational approaches.

LIN 434 Syntax 2

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Pre-requisite: LIN 415LEC
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces contemporary syntactic theory, including generative and non-generative approaches.

LIN 437 The Syntax of Romance

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces the syntactic structure of Romance languages, what makes them similar (and distinct from other Indo-European language families, e.g. Germanic languages like English) and how they differ from each other. Languages covered include Catalan, French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish

LIN 438 Semantics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces basic concepts and methods in the analysis of natural language meaning.

LIN 439 Historical Linguistics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Language change, the divergence and convergence of dialects and languages in time and space, and linguistic reconstruction.

LIN 443 Semantics II

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces the description of the meaning of sentences; focuses on how the meaning of sentences is built from the meaning of individual words.

LIN 448 Formal Semantics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Surveys formal approaches to the study of meaning.

LIN 452 Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Requisites: LEC Requisite
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The goal of the proposed course is to offer a solid introduction to Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG), a formal theory of grammar which allows for detailed accounts of phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. The course addresses the historical background and the mathematical foundations, but it focuses on linguistic analysis and on critical assessment of course research.

LIN 455 Language Acquisition

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Surveys the child's linguistic development, primarily in phonology, morpho-syntax, semantics, and discourse; current controversies in acquisition theory.

LIN 465 Introduction to Dialectology

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Dialect in its diachronic and synchronic manifestations; social and regional variation; languages in contact; linguistic fieldwork.

LIN 467 Computational Linguistics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces the field of computational linguistics, which is concerned with the understanding and use of language by computers.

LIN 481 Cognitive Foundations of Language

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Explores the meanings of grammatical elements across languages in order to understand the fundamental conceptual structure of language in general.

LIN 493 Sociolinguistics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Language structure and development in social contexts of speech communities; processes of linguistic change; linguistic behavior as an index of social status; problems of language or dialect minorities.

LIN 494 Senior Seminar

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Advanced seminar on various topics.

LIN 496 Internship

Credits: 2 - 6
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: TUT
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.
Language teaching experience either in a UB department (Linguistics, a language department, English Language Institute, etc.), in the Buffalo public schools, or at a public service agency (International Institute of Buffalo, Herman Badillo Institute, Literacy Volunteers, etc.). Open to majors and non-majors. Apply to director of undergraduate studies.

LIN 497 Honors Thesis

Credits: 3 - 6
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: TUT
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.
Guidance in, and supervision of, the preparation of a research essay required to complete a degree with honors. Apply to director of undergraduate studies.

LIN 499 Independent Study

Credits: 1 - 12
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: TUT
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.
Apply to director of undergraduate studies.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:35 EST