Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Linguistics - Courses

LIN 104 Writing Systems
Linguistics

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


LIN 106 Languages of the World
Linguistics

Overview of the languages and language families of the world. This course introduces students to the sounds and structures of a variety of languages and to the history and geography of the people who speak them. Students gain an understanding of the world's linguistic and cultural diversity that will help them better appreciate the relationship between language and the mind.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



LIN 108 Roots of English
Linguistics

Word roots in English, their history and development, meanings and combinations, usage and variations. Borrowings into and from English. English as a world language.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


LIN 198 UB Seminar
Linguistics

The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course.



LIN 200 Language in Pluralistic America
Linguistics

Explores the many varieties of English and the many different languages that co-exist in the United States, including immigrant and indigenous languages, as well as sign languages and contact varieties "born" in the USA. We look at the history of linguistic diversity in this country and its relationship to differences of ethnicity, gender, sexuality and a number of other factors and compare the U.S. situation to that in other parts of the world.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


LIN 205 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis
Linguistics

Introduces the structure of language (phonetics, phonology, morphology, semantics, and syntax), looking at a broad variety of languages; approaches to linguistic analysis and theory.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



LIN 207 Language, Society, and the Individual
Linguistics

Explores the many facets of language's role as an interface between the mind of one human being and the minds of others. Investigates how language is supported by and processed in the brain; how it is learned by children and adults; how it can vary and change; and how people and groups use linguistic differences to define and express who they are and how they relate to others. Major topics include language contact, bilingualism, and the relationship between language, culture, and thought.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


LIN 275 Languages and Cultures of Native North America
Linguistics

Expression of meaning and linguistic concepts in a number of native languages of North America.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



LIN 301 Structure of English: The Sound System
Linguistics

Sound structure of English, including the articulation of sounds, phonological patterns and alternations, and dialects.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: LIN 205


LIN 302 Structure of English: Grammar and Lexicon
Linguistics

Syntax and morphology of English, including lexical and grammatical categories, basic clause structure, and complex sentences.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: LIN 205



LIN 311 Variation in English
Linguistics

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


LIN 315 Language in Its Social Setting
Linguistics

Analyzes the social basis of conversational interaction on two levels: the linguistic structures of dialogue and the cultural models underlying interaction.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



LIN 320 Language and the Brain
Linguistics

Localization and lateralization of language in the brain; aphasia, dyslexia, and other neurolinguistic disorders; developmental neurolinguistics.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


LIN 342 Introduction to Cognitive Science
Linguistics

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



LIN 345 Natural Language and the Computer
Linguistics

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


LIN 355 Child Language Development
Linguistics

Acquisition of the structure and function of a child's native language. Relationships among the development of language, cognition, biology, and social interaction.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



LIN 356 An Introduction to Contemporary Theories of Metaphor
Linguistics

General overview of the analysis of metaphors and analogy from a linguistic and cognitive perspective.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: ENG 105 or ENG 201


LIN 404 Discourse-Pragmatics
Linguistics

Use of language in communicative acts (e.g., speech acts, conversational principles, text structure, discourse-governed grammatical alternations, topic, focus, and theme).

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: LIN 301 and LIN 302



LIN 405 Bilingualism and Language Contact
Linguistics

Linguistic, psychological, educational, and sociocultural characteristics of bilingualism, multilingualism, and language contact.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


LIN 410 Morphology
Linguistics

Structure of words; different theoretical approaches to the analysis of morphemes, words, and idioms.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: LIN 302



LIN 413 Language and Cognition
Linguistics

Examines classificatory phenomena in lexical and grammatical structure from a cross-linguistic perspective, focusing on African, European, East Asian, and Native American languages.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: LIN 205 and LIN 207


LIN 414 History of the English Language
Linguistics

Introduces the linguistic and cultural development of the English language from its beginnings to the present.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



LIN 415 Syntax I
Linguistics

Fundamentals of syntactic analysis, applied to data from a wide range of languages. Briefly introduces syntactic theory.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: LIN 205


LIN 417 Psycholinguistics
Linguistics

Psycholinguistic processes involved in producing and comprehending language, including speech sounds, meaning, lexicon, syntax, discourse, and literacy.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: LIN 205 and LIN 207



LIN 421 Linguistic Anthropology
Linguistics

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: LIN 207


LIN 425 Typology and Universals
Linguistics

Ways in which languages are similar to and different from each other, including morphological categories, word order, case marking, and grammatical relations.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: LIN 302 or LIN 415



LIN 426 Comparative Syntactic Theories
Linguistics

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: LIN 415


LIN 431 Phonetics
Linguistics

Fundamental aspects of phonetics: articulation, aerodynamics, acoustics, suprasegmentals, phonetic features, sound change, and universals; focus on cross-linguistic analysis.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: LIN 205



LIN 432 Phonology I
Linguistics

Thorough grounding in phonological analysis, using data from a wide variety of languages. Briefly introduces phonological theory.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: LIN 205


LIN 433 Phonology II
Linguistics

Current developments in phonological theory, including derivational and non-derivational approaches.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: LIN 432



LIN 434 Syntax 2
Linguistics

Introduces contemporary syntactic theory, including generative and non-generative approaches.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: LIN 415LEC


LIN 437 The Syntax of Romance
Linguistics

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

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: LIN 415



LIN 438 Semantics
Linguistics

Introduces basic concepts and methods in the analysis of natural language meaning.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: LIN 205


LIN 439 Historical Linguistics
Linguistics

Language change, the divergence and convergence of dialects and languages in time and space, and linguistic reconstruction.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: LIN 432



LIN 443 Semantics II
Linguistics

Introduces the description of the meaning of sentences; focuses on how the meaning of sentences is built from the meaning of individual words.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: LIN 415


LIN 452 Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar
Linguistics

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: LIN 415



LIN 455 Language Acquisition
Linguistics

Surveys the child's linguistic development, primarily in phonology, morpho-syntax, semantics, and discourse; current controversies in acquisition theory.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: (LIN 301 and 302) or (LIN 415 and 432)


LIN 465 Introduction to Dialectology
Linguistics

Dialect in its diachronic and synchronic manifestations; social and regional variation; languages in contact; linguistic fieldwork.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: LIN 432



LIN 467 Computational Linguistics
Linguistics

Introduces the field of computational linguistics, which is concerned with the understanding and use of language by computers.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


LIN 493 Sociolinguistics
Linguistics

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



LIN 494 Senior Seminar
Linguistics

Advanced seminar on various topics.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


LIN 496 Internship
Linguistics

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.

Credits: 2-6
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



LIN 497 Honors Thesis
Linguistics

Guidance in, and supervision of, the preparation of a research essay required to complete a degree with honors. Apply to director of undergraduate studies.

Credits: 3-6
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


LIN 499 Independent Study
Linguistics

Apply to director of undergraduate studies.

Credits: 1-12
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)




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