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Course Title
Course Level
Units
LING 50
Introduction to Linguistics
Lower Division
5 units
An introduction to the major areas, problems, and techniques of modern linguistics. (General Education Code(s): SI, IH.)
LING 53
Semantics I
Lower Division
5 units
Introduction to the logical foundations of natural language semantics. Logical and semantic relations, simple set theory, logical representations (propositional and predicate calculi, modal and tense logics) and their interpretations. A basic literacy course in the language of logical representation. (General Education Code(s): MF.)
LING 80C
Language, Society, and Culture
Lower Division
5 units
The study of language from a sociological perspective. Multilingualism, language change and variation, pidgins and creoles, the origin and diversification of dialects. (General Education Code(s): CC, T5-Humanities and Arts or Social Sciences.)
LING 80D
Language and Mind
Lower Division
5 units
A critical overview of the research program initiated by Noam Chomsky and its implications for theories of the human mind and brain. (General Education Code(s): PE-H.)
LING 80K
Invented Languages, from Elvish to Esperanto
Lower Division
5 units
Considers invented languages, including Elvish and Klingon, as well as lesser-known ones that tackle ethical, social, or cognitive concerns. Students learn tools from contemporary linguistics to analyze language structures and understand how they relate to creator intentions. Enrollment limited to 70. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LING 80V
Structure of the English Vocabulary
Lower Division
5 units
A systematic study of the elements of English words: besides the practical goal of vocabulary consolidation and expansion, explores the historical origin and development of word elements, as well as their sound, meaning, and function in the contemporary language. (General Education Code(s): T4-Humanities and Arts.)
LING 99
Tutorial
Lower Division
5 units
Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.
LING 101
Phonology I
Upper Division
5 units
Introduction to how sounds pattern in grammars-why they vary, how they combine, etc. Emphasis is on developing theories to explain the patterns. Topics include distinctive feature theory, phonemic analysis, autosegmental phonology, and principles of syllabification and stress. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements, course 50. (General Education Code(s): MF.)
LING 102
Phonology II
Upper Division
5 units
Advanced phonological theory. Topics include markedness; underspecification theories; advanced topics in feature geometry, syllable theory, and stress theory; and optimality theory. Readings include published articles. Emphasis on theory construction and argumentation based on data. Prerequisite(s): course 101, and course 111 or 112.
LING 103
Phonology III
Upper Division
5 units
Advanced topics in phonology, with an emphasis on reading both classic and contemporary research articles and book chapters. Prerequisite(s): course 102 and enrollment by interview. Enrollment limited to 15.
LING 105
Morphology
Upper Division
5 units
Study of the principles of word formation: derivation, inflection, and compounding; cross-linguistic study of morphological processes, morphological investigation and analysis. Prerequisite(s): course 111or 112, and course 101. Offered in alternate academic years.
LING 108
Poetry and Language
Upper Division
5 units
An introduction to the linguistic aspects of poetry, e.g., rhyme, meter, and larger-scale organization of poetic form. The emphasis is on English poetry, complemented by brief sketches of other poetic traditions. Prerequisite(s): course 101, and course 111 or 112. Offered in alternate academic years. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LING 111
Syntactic Structures
Upper Division
5 units
Provides a basic introduction to the methods and results of generative grammar. It simultaneously provides an overview of the major syntactic constructions of English. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. (General Education Code(s): MF.)
LING 112
Syntax I
Upper Division
5 units
An introduction to syntactic investigation, developed through the study of central aspects of English syntax. A major purpose is to introduce students to the study of language as an empirical science. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. (General Education Code(s): MF.)
LING 113
Syntax II
Upper Division
5 units
Further aspects of English syntax; universal and language-particular constraints on syntactic structures and rules. Further developments and extensions of generative theory. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements, course 53 and 112. (General Education Code(s): W.)
LING 114A
Syntax III
Upper Division
5 units
Advanced topics in syntax and semantics. Prerequisite(s): course 113, satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements and permission of instructor. (General Education Code(s): W.)
LING 114B
Readings in Syntax
Upper Division
5 units
Introduces reading the primary literature in syntax. Readings will vary. Emphasis is on how to read technically difficult works, evaluate arguments, and appreciate competing views. Coursework includes readings, presentations, and short response papers. Enrollment by permission of instructor. Prerequisite: course 113.
LING 114C
Topics in Syntax
Upper Division
5 units
Advanced undergraduate course devoted to a topic in syntax. Topics vary and may include ellipsis, binding, agreement phenomena, alternative frameworks. Coursework includes problem sets, readings, presentations, and a term paper. Enrollment by permission of instructor. Prerequisite: course 113.
LING 116
Semantics II
Upper Division
5 units
Major issues in natural language semantics: nature of lexical entries, thematic relations, propositional representation or "logical form"; relation between semantic interpretation and syntactic representations, quantification and scope relations, reference and presupposition, coreference and anaphoric relations. Prerequisite(s): course 53, and either course 111 or 112.
LING 117
Pragmatics
Upper Division
5 units
Covers topics central in the study of pragmatics, the interpretation of language use. Topics include conversational implicature, speech acts and discourse understanding, and social deixis. Prerequisite(s): courses 53 and 101; and 111 or 112.
LING 118
Semantics III
Upper Division
5 units
Uses the tools learned in courses 53 and 116 (Semantics I and Semantics II), giving students the opportunity to explore important topics with heavy emphasis placed on reading primary-source literature. Readings form the basis for weekly lectures and the discussion section. Prerequisite(s): course 116 and permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 25.
LING 120
Structure of English
Upper Division
5 units
Survey of grammatical structure of English and terminology of grammatical description. Covers phonological, morphological, and syntactic structure of English and contrasts it with other languages. Prerequisite(s): course 111 or 112, and 101.
LING 124
Language Typology
Upper Division
5 units
Introduces the branch of linguistics whose goal is to describe and explain the structural diversity of the world's languages. Focuses on what is known about variation in particular domains (e.g., syllable structure, word order, evidentiality), and how it might be explained. Prerequisite(s): course 111or 112, and course 101. Enrollment limited to 40.
LING 125
Foundations of Linguistic Theory
Upper Division
5 units
Survey of some of the history and foundational assumptions of generative grammar; also looks at some of the influence of generative linguistic theorizing on disciplines outside linguistics, notably psychology and philosophy. Prerequisite(s): course 113 or 116. Enrollment limited to 25.
LING 127
History of Linguistics
Upper Division
5 units
Topics in the history of linguistics, with a special focus on the 20th century. Prerequisite(s): course 101, and course 111 or course 112.
LING 140
Language Change
Upper Division
5 units
Methods and problems in the study of change in linguistic systems. Reconstruction of proto-languages; the comparative method. Theories of change and implications for the theory of grammar. Prerequisite(s): course 102. Enrollment limited to 25.
LING 141
Ellipsis
Upper Division
5 units
Introduction to and survey of the ellipsis in natural language, including the typology of ellipsis processes, cross-linguistic uniformity and variation in ellipsis, and theoretical approaches and issues. Prerequisite(s): courses 53 and 101; and 111 or 112
LING 144
Computational Methods for Linguists
Upper Division
5 units
Introduction to computational methods for linguists with little background in computer programming. Possible topics include: regular expressions, annotation, databases, and search. Students learn contemporary techniques in team-based programming and annotation. Prerequisite(s): courses 50, 53, and either 111 or 112. Enrollment is restricted to linguistics and language studies majors. (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
LING 145
Native Languages of North America
Upper Division
5 units
Selective survey of the indigenous languages of North America, including a formal/structural component and an historical/social component. Topics include typological properties of these languages, current status, and revitalization efforts. Prerequisite(s): course 101, and either course 111 or 112.
LING 147
Quantitative Methods in Linguistics
Upper Division
5 units
Introduces quantitative methods for linguistics. Focuses on categorical data and continuous data, and using R. Students learn the basics of probability, statistics, and experimental design, and use R to apply them to linguistic data sets. Prerequisite(s): courses 53 and 101, and either course 111 or 112. (General Education Code(s): SR.)
LING 151
Phonetic Analysis
Upper Division
5 units
Introduction to instrumental phonetic analysis—analysis using experimental methods. Emphasis is on the acoustics and perception of speech. Prerequisite(s): course 101.
LING 152
Applied Phonetics
Upper Division
5 units
Examines areas in which phonetic analysis and experimentation are used in practice. Emphasizes problem-solving, experiments, and analytical tasks. Prerequisite(s): course 151. Enrollment limited to 25.
LING 154
Language and Social Identity
Upper Division
5 units
Introduction to sociolinguistics exploring the relationship between language and such social parameters as social status, ethnicity, race, gender, etc., including the role of language differences in the creation of social stereotypes. Emphasis on gathering, examining, and reporting data. Prerequisite(s): course 101, and either course 111 or 112.
LING 155
Language and Cognition
Upper Division
5 units
Introduces and examines some of the foundational assumptions, practices, and methods of generative grammar in comparison to those of other areas of cognitive science, notably psychology and philosophy. Prerequisite(s): course 111 or 112, 53, and 101.
LING 157
Psycholinguistics and Linguistic Theory
Upper Division
5 units
Theory and methods in psycholinguistics, covering perception, production, and acquisition of language and linguistic structure. A hands-on, laboratory-style introduction to the topic, focusing on the relation between experimental findings and linguistic theory. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 257. Prerequisite(s): course 102 or 105 or 113 or 116. Enrollment restricted to linguistics and language studies majors. (General Education Code(s): SR.)
LING 158
Advanced Psycholinguistics
Upper Division
5 units
Advanced topics in psycholinguistics and experimental linguistics, contemporary memory models, computational models of comprehension and production, and neurolinguistic findings and methodologies. Student work revolves around an extended research project in which students learn to apply advanced analytical techniques. Prerequisite(s): course 157. Enrollment restricted to linguistics and language studies majors. Enrollment limited to 12.
LING 160
Language Engineering
Upper Division
5 units
Addresses a particular problem in language engineering, chosen for its practical and theoretical interest and its tractability. The entire course focuses on a team project to design a solution to the problem. Permission of instructor required.
LING 181
Structure of Romance Languages
Upper Division
5 units
Discusses topics in the phonology, syntax, and semantics of Romance languages, with emphasis left to the discretion of the instructor. Students read original research articles and pursue empirical investigation of Romance languages by collecting data from scholarly publications, fieldwork, and/or corpus analysis. Some knowledge of Italian, French, or Spanish is required. Prerequisite(s): course 111 or 112, and course 101.
LING 182
Structure of Spanish
Upper Division
5 units
The phonology and syntax of Spanish, studied from a modern linguistic perspective. Some knowledge of Spanish is required. Prerequisite(s): course 111 or 112, and course 101.
LING 183
Structure of French
Upper Division
5 units
The phonology, morphology, and syntax aspects of French. Some knowledge of French is helpful. Prerequisite(s): course 111 or 112, and 101.
LING 185
Structure of Russian
Upper Division
5 units
The phonology, morphology, and syntax of Russian. Some knowledge of Russian is helpful. Prerequisite(s): course 111 or 112, and course 101. Enrollment limited to 30. Offered in alternate academic years.
LING 186
Structure of German
Upper Division
5 units
Phonological, morphological, and syntactic aspects of the structure of the German language. Some knowledge of German is required. Prerequisite(s): course 111 or 112, and course 101.
LING 187
Structure of Japanese
Upper Division
5 units
The phonology, morphology, and syntax of Japanese. Some knowledge of Japanese is required. Prerequisite(s): course 111 or 112, and course 101. Offered in alternate academic years.
LING 188
Structure of Turkish
Upper Division
5 units
The phonology, morphology, and syntax of Turkish. Prerequisite(s): course 111 or 112, and course 101.
LING 189
Structure of Arabic
Upper Division
5 units
The phonology, morphology, and syntax of Arabic. (Mainly modern standard, but also some regional dialects.) No knowledge of Arabic is required. Pre-requisite(s): course 101, and course 111 or 112.
LING 211
Phonology A
Graduate
5 units
First part of a three quarter introduction to phonology. Topics of the sequence include fundamentals of acoustic phonetics; introduction to optimality theory; theories of syllabification, stress, and prosodic organization; prosodic morphology; advanced issues in faithfulness and correspondence; segmental and suprasegmental processes. Enrollment restricted to graduate standing or consent of instructor.
LING 212
Phonology B
Graduate
5 units
Second part of a three quarter introduction to phonology. Topics of the sequence include fundamentals of acoustic phonetics; introduction to optimality theory; theories of syllabification, stress, and prosodic organization; prosodic morphology; advanced issues in faithfulness and correspondence; segmental and suprasegmental processes. Prerequisite(s): course 211. Enrollment restricted to graduate standing or consent of instructor.
LING 214
Phonetics
Graduate
5 units
Introduction to phonetic theory concentrating on acoustic phonetics and speech perception along with common experimental methods, the role of phonetic principles in explaining phonological patterns and markedness. Enrollment restricted to graduate students, or by permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 12.
LING 216
Phonology Proseminar
Graduate
5 units
One or more topics in phonological theory. Topics vary from year to year, covering literature and current research in phonology. Prerequisite(s): course 212. Enrollment restricted to graduate standing or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.
LING 219
Phonology Seminar
Graduate
5 units
Advanced topics in phonology drawn from the current research interests of the instructor. Prerequisite(s): course 212. Enrollment restricted to graduate standing or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.
LING 219G
Phonology Seminar
Graduate
3 units
Advanced topics in phonology drawn from the current research interests of the instructor. Three-credit version of course 219. Does not require a final paper. Prerequisite(s): course 212. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 12. May be repeated for credit.
LING 221
Syntax A
Graduate
5 units
Introduction to syntactic theory. Phrase structure; subcategorization; lexical entries; passive; infinitival constructions. Enrollment restricted to graduate standing or consent of instructor.
LING 222
Syntax B
Graduate
5 units
Continuation of Syntax A. The syntax of unbounded dependencies, including constituent questions, relative clauses, clefts, topicalization. Constraints on extraction; unbounded versus successive cyclic movement; the licensing of gaps. Prerequisite(s): course 221. Enrollment restricted to graduate standing or consent of instructor.
LING 226
Proseminar in Syntax
Graduate
5 units
In-depth investigation of some topic in syntactic theory. Topics vary from year to year, covering literature and current research in grammatical structure from varying theoretical perspectives. Prerequisite(s): course 222.
LING 226G
Proseminar in Syntax
Graduate
3 units
In-depth investigation of some topic in syntactic theory. Topics vary from year to year, covering literature and current research in grammatical structure from varying theoretical perspectives. Three-credit version of course 226. Does not require a final paper. Prerequisite(s): course 222. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 12. May be repeated for credit.
LING 229
Syntax Seminar
Graduate
5 units
Advanced topics in syntax drawn from the current research interests of the instructor. Prerequisite(s): course 222. Enrollment restricted to graduate standing or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.
LING 229G
Syntax Seminar
Graduate
3 units
Advanced topics in syntax drawn from the current research interests of the instructor. Three-credit version of course 229. Does not require a final paper. Prerequisite(s): course 222. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 12. May be repeated for credit.
LING 231
Semantics A
Graduate
5 units
Introduction to linguistic semantics: nature of lexical entries, thematic relations, representation of logical form; relation between semantic interpretation and syntactic representation, quantification and scope relations, reference and presupposition. Enrollment restricted to graduate standing or consent of instructor.
LING 232
Semantics B
Graduate
5 units
Model-theoretic semantics for natural language. Truth-conditional, compositional semantics. Various logical ontologies and their application to natural language categories. Dynamic interpretation of discourse and anaphoric relations. Treatment of illocutionary force. Prerequisite(s): course 231. Enrollment restricted to graduate standing or consent of instructor.
LING 236
Proseminar in Semantics
Graduate
5 units
In-depth investigation of some topic in semantics and pragmatics. Topics vary from year to year, covering literature and current research in linguistic semantics and pragmatics. Prerequisite(s): course 231. Enrollment restricted to graduate standing or consent of instructor.
LING 236G
Semantics Proseminar
Graduate
3 units
In-depth investigation of some topic in semantics and pragmatics. Topics vary from year to year, covering literature and current research in linguistic semantics and pragmatics. Three-credit version of course 236. Does not require a final paper. Prerequisite(s): course 231. Enrollment restricted to graduate students, or by consent of instructor. Enrollment limited to 12. May be repeated for credit.
LING 239
Semantics Seminar
Graduate
5 units
Advanced topics in semantics drawn from the current research interests of the instructor. Prerequisite(s): course 232. Enrollment restricted to graduate standing or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.
LING 239G
Semantics Seminar
Graduate
3 units
Advanced topics in semantics drawn from the current research interests of the instructor. Three-credit version of course 239. Does not require a final paper. Prerequisite(s): course 232. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 12. May be repeated for credit.
LING 240
The Pedagogy of Linguistics
Graduate
1 units
Provides training for graduate students in university-level pedagogy in general and in the pedagogy of linguistics specifically. Under the supervision of a faculty member, coordinated by a graduate student with substantial experience as a teaching assistant. May be repeated for credit.
LING 244
Computational Methods for Linguists
Graduate
5 units
Practical introduction to computational methods for linguists. Topics covered: database development; indexation and search; morphological and syntactic parsing; and modern annotation methodologies. Students concurrently learn Python and JavaScript. No background in programming is required. Enrollment restricted to graduate students, or by consent of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 12.
LING 245
Computational Models of Discourse and Dialogue
Graduate
5 units
Focuses on classic and current theories and research topics in the computational modeling of discourse and dialogue, with applications to human-computer dialogue interactions; dialogue interaction in computer games and interactive story systems; and processing of human-to-human conversational and dialogue-like language such as e-mails. Topics vary depending on the current research of the instructor(s) and the interests of the students. Students read theoretical and technical papers from journals and conference proceedings and present class lectures. A research project is required. (Also offered as Computer Science 245 and Computational Media 245. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Undergraduates may enroll with permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit.
LING 248
Topics in Computational Methods and Models
Graduate
5 units
Seminar in computational approaches in linguistics and the language sciences with topics drawn from the current interests of the instructor. Prerequisite(s): courses 221 and 231. Enrollment restricted to linguistics graduate students. Enrollment limited to 14. May be repeated for credit.
LING 249
Morphology Seminar
Graduate
5 units
Presents theoretical and descriptive issues, particularly those raised by the framework of distributed morphology and its current competitors. Course work consists of readings, squibs, and a term paper. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.
LING 249G
Morphology Seminar
Graduate
3 units
Presents theoretical and descriptive issues, particularly those raised by the framework of distributed morphology and its current competitors. Coursework consists of readings and squibs. Three-credit version of course 249. Does not require a final paper. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 12. May be repeated for credit.
LING 257
Psycholinguistics and Linguistic Theory
Graduate
5 units
Theory and methods in psycholinguistics, covering perception, production, and acquisition of language and linguistic structure. A hands-on, laboratory-style introduction to the topic, focusing on the relation between experimental findings and linguistic theory. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 157 or 257G. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.
LING 258
Advanced Psycholinguistics
Graduate
5 units
Advanced topics in psycholinguistics and experimental linguistics. Contemporary memory models. Computational models of comprehension and production. Neurolinguistic findings and methodologies. Student work revolves around an extended research project in which students learn to apply advanced analytical techniques. Graduate students have separate evaluation criteria. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 258G. Prerequisite(s): course 257. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.
LING 258G
Advanced Psycholinguistics
Graduate
3 units
Advanced topics in psycholinguistics and experimental linguistics. Contemporary memory models. Computational models of comprehension and production. Neurolinguistic findings and methodologies. Student work revolves around an extended research project in which students apply advanced analytical techniques. Graduate students have separate evaluation criteria. Three-credit version of course 258. Does not require a final paper. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 258. Prerequisite(s): course 257. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 12.
LING 259
Phonetics Seminar
Graduate
5 units
Advanced topics in acoustic and articulatory phonetics. Prerequisite(s): course 214. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.
LING 259G
Phonetics Seminar
Graduate
3 units
Advanced topics in acoustic and articulatory phonetics. Three-credit version of course 259. Does not require a final paper. Prerequisite(s): course 214. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 12. May be repeated for credit.
LING 279
Research Seminar in Psycholinguistics
Graduate
5 units
Contemporary research in psycholinguistic theory models, and methods. Topics vary with research interests of faculty and graduate students. Enrollment restricted to graduate students, or by consent of instructor. Enrollment limited to 12. May be repeated for credit.
LING 280
Proseminar in Experimental Linguistics
Graduate
5 units
Examines experimental design and analysis for gathering linguistic data; the advantages and disadvantages of major response measures, including reaction times; interaction with extra-grammatical factors; and statistics on categorical and continuous measures. Students present results in research papers. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 280G. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.
LING 280G
Proseminar in Experimental Linguistics
Graduate
3 units
Examines experimental design and analysis for gathering linguistic data: the advantages and disadvantages of major response measures, including reaction times; interaction with extra-grammatical factors; and statistics on categorical and continuous measures. Three-credit version of course 280. Does not require a final paper. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 12.
LING 282
Field Methods
Graduate
5 units
Exploration of a language previously unfamiliar to students through elicitation from a native speaker. Discussion of elicitation techniques. Students investigate selected aspects of the language in depth. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.
LING 290
Research Seminar
Graduate
5 units
A research seminar for undergraduate and graduate students to develop the skills of the profession. Critical reading, reviewing, teaching, presentation, and writing. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. Enrollment restricted to graduate standing or consent of instructor. Enrollment limited to 10.