Language in Life*&
An introduction to the relationships among language, culture, and technology.
The diversity and history of languages; their norms, conventions, and written traditions; the role of language in culture and identity; language rights and multilingualism, and the implications of technology for language use.
Introduction to Linguistics&
Overview of widely studied subfields of linguistics, including morphology, syntax, semantics, phonetics, phonology, typology, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and historical linguistics.
Language in Society&
Exploration of folk linguistic attitudes and beliefs about grammar and standards, regional varieties, style, age, gender, ethnicity, second language learners, and Native American languages.
Students are exposed to a wide range of morphological data that interact with phonology and syntax. Morphological analysis, morphophonemic alternations, paradigms and classes, vowel harmony, templatic morphology, tone, reduplication, and word structure.
Introduction to Phonetics+
Articulatory and acoustic dimensions of consonants and vowels, airstream mechanisms, phonation types, acoustic analysis and spectrograms, acoustic theories.
Phonemic analysis, alternation, neutralization, features and natural classes, syllable structure, stress, tone and intonation.
Sound change, comparative reconstruction, internal reconstruction, morphological and syntactic innovations, Grimmís Law, semantic change, wave and family tree models, lexicostatistics, drift, language families, contact languages.
Language and Sports*
In this class we study the semantic, syntactic, and lexical repertoire of participants, coaches, and narrators, as observed in the syntactic structure of sports announcer talk, coach's registers, and athlete interactions both collaborative and antagonistic. We examine play-by-play, preview, and post-game narratives, nicknaming practices, and trash talk.
We also apply some tools of linguistic analysis by tracking lexical items through shared histories of various sports and by using corpus research to antedate innovations of terminology in sports literature. Students transcribe and analyze the structure and content of a broadcast sports event.
Regional Dialects of English*
An exploration of varieties of English around the world, with extensive audio and video support. North American accents including California, Canada, New England, New York, the Inland North, mid-Atlantic, the Midland, the South, Appalachia, isolated offshore accents; the British Isles including London, southern England, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Yorkshire, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Dublin, Northern Ireland; the Southern Hemisphere including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa; contact varieties including South Africa, Indian English, Caribbean, and Hawaiian English.
Linguistics 160: Structure of English+
English phonology, morphology, and stress; word and clause types; auxiliary structure; historical perspectives.