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Linguistics

Stage I

LINGUIST 100
15 Points

Introduction to Linguistics

An introduction to the main areas of linguistics: the production and function of sounds in language (phonetics and phonology), word structure and word formation (morphology), the principles of grammar through a study of sentence structure (syntax), and various aspects of meaning (semantics). The course is a self-contained introduction and assumes no prior knowledge of linguistics or language study.

Restriction: 175.106, LINGUIST 103

LINGUIST 101
15 Points
LINGUIST 101G
15 Points

Language and Society

Language in its social and cultural context. Topics may include language variation, language and gender, language and social identity, language contact, language in the media, language maintenance.

LINGUIST 102
15 Points

Languages of the Pacific

An introduction to the linguistics of the Pacific Islands (Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia), Australia and New Guinea. The topics covered include: principles of historical change, the social use of language, oral literature and the organisation of linguistic systems of sound, meaning and grammar. Pidgins and Creoles are explored, as is the interaction of language with cultural institutions and conceptual systems.

LINGUIST 103
15 Points

Introduction to English Linguistics

An introduction to the core areas of language study. Topics include: how sounds are produced, the basic structure of the English sound system, primary word formation processes in English, the rules for English sentence structure, and the fundamentals of word meaning. This course serves as an entry point into Stage II Linguistics, and provides an excellent background for students studying languages including English.

Restriction: 175.106, LINGUIST 100

Stage II

LINGUIST 200
15 Points

Syntax

Continues on from LINGUIST 100 or 103 and consists of a formal and a functional part, providing problems and exercises in syntactic analysis, as well as an introduction to grammatical theories and types of grammatical system.

Prerequisite: LINGUIST 100 or 103

LINGUIST 201
15 Points

Phonetics and Phonology

Includes a survey of speech sounds in the world's languages, an overview of speech production and perception, and an introduction to how these sounds are organised into language. Includes a practical component in which theories are applied to language data.

Prerequisite: LINGUIST 100 or 103

LINGUIST 202
15 Points

Language Change

Introduces long-term historical trends, types of language change, language families and comparative reconstruction.

Prerequisite: LINGUIST 100 or 103
Restriction: LINGUIST 308

LINGUIST 203
15 Points

Applied English Grammar

Covers the different types of sentences in English, with special attention to the relationship between grammar and meaning, tense, aspect and voice; their roles in texts, such as foregrounding, backgrounding and highlighting information, and introducing new information. Students will be shown how to distinguish standard and non-standard varieties of written English, and how to judge if written sentences are effective, appropriate and grammatical.

Prerequisite: Any 15 points at Stage I

LINGUIST 206
15 Points

Semantics and Pragmatics

An introduction to a wide range of issues of contemporary relevance to the study of meaning. The semantics part includes topics in structural, truth-conditional and cognitive semantics. The pragmatics part covers some of the basic topics in pragmatics.

Prerequisite: LINGUIST 100 or 103
Restriction: LINGUIST 302

Stage III

LINGUIST 300
15 Points

Syntax: Function and Typology

A continuation of the functional-typological part of LINGUIST 200. Examination of selected topics, such as grammatical relations, relative clauses, causatives, complementation, information packaging, typology and universals.

Prerequisite: LINGUIST 200

LINGUIST 301
15 Points

Advanced Phonology

A continuation of LINGUIST 201, introducing a more theoretical approach to phonology including distinctive feature theory, syllable theory, metrical phonology, autosegmental phonology, lexical phonology. Issues are explored in the context of a constraint-based approach to phonology. Includes a practical component in which theories are applied to language data.

Prerequisite: LINGUIST 201

LINGUIST 303
15 Points

Conversational Analysis

An introduction to the close and detailed observation of ordinary conversational interaction. Topics include the interactional nature of conversation, how turn taking and topic selection are organised, the role of narratives in conversation and how they are structured, how conversational repair is organised, how various expressive techniques are utilised, and the ways that conversation is used to accomplish social actions.

Prerequisite: Any 30 points in the BA at Stage II

LINGUIST 305
15 Points

Child Language Acquisition

Examines the patterns and mechanisms by which children acquire knowledge of their native language and assesses a number of current theories which have been developed to explain the process.

Prerequisite: LINGUIST 200 or 201 or 203

LINGUIST 306
15 Points

Polynesian Comparative Linguistics

Comparative and historical study of the sound systems, grammar, and vocabulary of the Polynesian languages.

Prerequisite: LINGUIST 202 or MĀORI 201 or SAMOAN 201 or 202

LINGUIST 308
15 Points

Language Change

Introduces long-term historical trends, types of language change, language families and comparative reconstruction.

Prerequisite: LINGUIST 200 and 201
Restriction: LINGUIST 202

LINGUIST 310
15 Points

Linguistics Essays Course

Students undertake supervised research.

Prerequisite: Permission of Head of Department

LINGUIST 312
15 Points

Language Origin and Evolution

Investigates the origin of human language, drawing on a range of evidence and arguments from psychology, anthropology, and primatology. Addresses questions such as when and how language evolved, whether early language was primarily verbal, gestural or both, what aspects of language structure and language capability are innate, and whether language developed gradually or was a sudden mutation.

Prerequisite: LINGUIST 200

LINGUIST 313
15 Points

Lexical Functional Grammar

LFG is a psycho-linguistically based, lexically driven universal grammar in which semantic, syntactic and configurational relationships are analysed as related but partially independent levels of organisation. This makes LFG suited to analysis of languages of all types. LFG is also widely implemented in language synthesis, automatic parsing, SLA and creole studies. Understanding of word classes and constituency is assumed.

Prerequisite: LINGUIST 200 or 203

LINGUIST 320
15 Points

Topics in Pragmatics

Pragmatics is the systematic study of language in use and is a rapidly developing discipline in linguistics. This course will give a critical survey of the central topics and the latest developments of pragmatics. The domain of pragmatics, implicature, presupposition, speech act and deixis will be among the issues dealt with in individual lectures.

Prerequisite: LINGUIST 206

LINGUIST 321
15 Points

Gender and Language

Surveys recent and classic work in language and gender from a sociolinguistic perspective. It covers issues such as: how the category “gender” has developed over time in sociolinguistics; what the relationship is between gender identities and sexual identities; how the ways we talk and act intersect with non-linguistic behaviour to express gender identities.

Prerequisite: LINGUIST 101 or 103 and 30 points at Stage II in Linguistics

LINGUIST 322
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Linguistics

LINGUIST 323
15 Points

Sociolinguistic Variation

Examines the methods and theory behind the study of synchronic language variation and its relationship to diachronic change. Students read a wide range of studies exploring different linguistic variables and apply their understanding of the theory and methods to the extraction and analysis of data from corpora of spontaneous speech that are provided.

Prerequisite: 15 points from LINGUIST 100, 101, 103 and 30 points at Stage II in Linguistics (either LINGUIST 200 or LINGUIST 201 strongly recommended)

LINGUIST 324
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Linguistics

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

LINGUIST 700
15 Points

Directed Study

LINGUIST 707
30 Points
LINGUIST 707A
15 Points
LINGUIST 707B
15 Points

Field Methods

Description and analysis of an unfamiliar language, based on data collected by the students. The class meets with a speaker of that language, and data are collected through elicitation and texts. Students analyse the structure of the language, focusing on both phonology and syntax.

Prerequisite: LINGUIST 201 and either LINGUIST 300 or 313
To complete this course students must enrol in LINGUIST 707 A and B, or LINGUIST 707

LINGUIST 709
15 Points

Linguistic Research

Research methods and practices in Linguistics, which provide students with skills necessary for carrying out linguistic research. In addition to practicum sessions students will propose, develop and complete an independent research project.

LINGUIST 710
15 Points

Fundamentals of Linguistics

A comprehensive survey of current theory in selected topics in Linguistics, especially phonetics/phonology, grammar, semantics, and pragmatics.

LINGUIST 720
15 Points

Functional-typological Syntax

Cross-linguistic examination of selected topics, such as lexical categories, passives, transitivity, serial verb constructions, head-marking and dependent-marking, and iconicity. Consideration will be given both to differences among languages and to recurrent patterns.

LINGUIST 721
15 Points

Formal Syntax

Formal theories of syntax, generative grammar, and current topics of interest to students. This could include: LFG, Minimalism, the DP analysis, theories of argument structure, and/or formal models of language processing.

LINGUIST 722
15 Points

Phonology

A range of topics from the field of non-linear phonology, including autosegmental phonology, syllable theory, feature geometry and CV phonology.

Prerequisite: LINGUIST 301

LINGUIST 724
15 Points

Semantics and Pragmatics

Deals with a wide range of issues in semantics and especially pragmatics. Topics may include implicature, presupposition, speech act, deixis, reference, pragmatics and cognition, pragmatics and semantics, and pragmatics and syntax.

Prerequisite: LINGUIST 206 or 302, or equivalent

LINGUIST 726
15 Points

Language Contact

The influences of languages upon each other through the historical interactions of their speakers. The main points of reference are the syntheses of Weinreich (1953) and Thomason and Kaufman (1988).

LINGUIST 727
15 Points

Mixed Languages

Language types (pidgins, creoles and ‘mixed' or ‘intertwined' languages) that are extreme results of language contact. Major topics will include: processes of formation, universalist and substratist theories, and the typology of such languages.

LINGUIST 728
15 Points

Sociolinguistics: Variation and Change

Overview of major theories and practice in sociolinguistics today. Emphasis on the connections between ongoing variation in the speech community and language change. Issues of individual agency and social construction of identity are discussed as well as different methods for modelling variation and change in society.

LINGUIST 729
15 Points

Interactional Sociolinguistics

The analysis of small group interaction and the ways it is structured by sociocultural forces, social roles, and personal identity. Cross-cultural differences in conversational behaviour and the influence on language use of patterns of status and solidarity, and institutional demands are approached through an examination of the dynamic processes of talk itself.

LINGUIST 730
15 Points

Discourse and Grammar

The relationship between grammar and language use in naturally occurring written and spoken language, first in discourse-functional grammar, where analysis focuses on the discourse functions of particular grammatical structures; and secondly in interactional grammar, which investigates the syntax of conversational language, in order to develop a new understanding of the nature of syntax, as shaped by the pressures of interaction.

LINGUIST 731
15 Points

Historical Linguistics

Current topics in historical linguistics, such as: theories of change in sound systems; syntactic change and syntactic reconstruction; grammaticalisation; distant genetic relationships and comparative methods.

LINGUIST 736
15 Points

Special Topic

LINGUIST 739
15 Points

Directed Study

Directed reading and individual study course designed in consultation with appropriate staff according to the field of research.

LINGUIST 741
15 Points

Grammaticalisation

Grammaticalisation as one aspect of language change. This course addresses a range of topics, including characteristics and mechanisms of grammaticalisation, sources and targets, directionality of change and case studies of grammaticalisation in various languages.

LINGUIST 743
15 Points

Special Topic: Analysing Variation

Students will develop skills and understanding in the methods and theory of language variation. A large part of the course will be devoted to independent research of a variable/variables in existing corpora (available from the department).

LINGUIST 790
30 Points
LINGUIST 790A
15 Points
LINGUIST 790B
15 Points

Dissertation

To complete this course students must enrol in LINGUIST 790 A and B, or LINGUIST 790

LINGUIST 792
45 Points
LINGUIST 792A
22.5 Points
LINGUIST 792B
22.5 Points

Dissertation

To complete this course students must enrol in LINGUIST 792 A and B, or LINGUIST 792

LINGUIST 793A
45 Points
LINGUIST 793B
45 Points

Thesis

To complete this course students must enrol in LINGUIST 793 A and B

LINGUIST 796A
60 Points
LINGUIST 796B
60 Points

Thesis

To complete this course students must enrol in LINGUIST 796 A and B


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