Linguistics Courses Flow Chart

Please use the following chart to plan your degree in Linguistics. [PDF]


1200 Introduction to Linguistics

This particular course is 6 credit hours.

Natural languages are systematic and this course will examine how this fact makes human communication possible. An introduction to modern methods of linguistic analysis, the course will enable students to understand the structure of their own language and to compare it with other languages. By familiarizing them with the basic concepts of linguistics, the course will prepare students for more advanced or courses in linguistics.

2309 Phonetics

Prerequisites: LING 1200 or approval of the Linguistics Coordinator

This course provides a basis for study in phonology, and speech language. It is an introduction to the production, acoustic properties, and perception of the sounds used in English and other languages. Skills developed include: transcription of speech sounds systematically using the International Phonetic Alphabet, description of sounds in articulatory terms, and recognition of linguistically relevant properties of sounds from spectrograms and waveforms.

2310 Phonology

Prerequisite: LING 1200.0 or approval of the Linguistics Coordinator..

Phonology is the study of the sound patterns of language. The course describes how speech sounds are produced and perceived, how they are used in spoken language, and how we can record them using symbolic notation. The universal principles by which sounds are organized in language through phonological rule systems are examined, as well as the processes which account for language-specific diversity.

2311 Cross-listed as ENGL 2311.1(.2) Modern English Language

2320 Morphology

Prerequisite: LING 1200.0 or approval of the Linguistics Coordinator.

Morphology is the study of word formation and structure. The course examines how words are made up of smaller, meaningful elements. Processes of word formation such as derivation and compounding are analyzed: how roots combine with other elements to form larger units. Inflectional morphology is investigated. The course also discusses the manner in which morphology relates to the other components of language: phonology, the lexicon and syntax.

2321 Cross-listed as FREN 3320.1(.2) French Phonetics

2326 Cross-listed as ENGL 2326.1(.2) Language and Gender

2330 Syntax

Prerequisite: LING 1200.0 or approval of the Linguistics Coordinator..

Syntax is the study of sentence structure: how words are organized into larger meaningful units. The course examines the nature of speakers' underlying knowledge of the rules for combining words into higher-order structures. The fundamental similarities in sentence patterning among different languages will be addressed.

2339 Cross-listed as SOCI 3339.1(.2) The Sociology of Language

2340 Semantics

Prerequisite: LING 1200.0 or approval of the Linguistics Coordinator.

This course analyzes how words and sentences convey meaning in language. Students will learn how lexical items can be represented in terms of their semantic components and how interrelated groups of words form semantic fields. At the sentence level, grammatical, pragmatic and logical aspects of meaning are introduced. The course also explores idiomatic expressions and the ubiquity of metaphor.

2346 Cross-listed as IRST 2346.1(.2) A Sociolinguistic History of Ireland

2391 Cross-listed as ANTH 2391.1(.2) Learning a Field Language

2392 Cross-listed as ANTH 2392.1(.2) Language, Culture and Society

3310 Advanced Phonology

Prerequisite: Ling 2310

This course develops skills in recognition, description and analysis of segmental and prosodic organization, and discusses recent phonological theory.

3312 Cross-listed as ENGL 3312.1 (.2) Canadian English

3330 Advanced Syntax

Prerequisite: Ling 2330

This course presents recent developments in syntactic theory focusing on form and meaning of different types of sentences. Building on universal principles and specific parameters of syntactic structures, it provides necessary tools for description and advanced analysis of sentences in a crosslinguistic perspective.

3350 Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Linguistics

Prerequisite: Eighteen (18) credits in LING or in a discipline associated with the special topic.

This course investigates the application of linguistics to particular fields such as forensic linguistics, clinical linguistics, clinical discourse analysis, neurolinguistics. Students will gain experience working in an interdisciplinary context.

3366 Cross-listed as SOCI 3366.1(.2) Field Methods in Sociolinguistics I

3367 Cross-listed as SOCI 3367.1(.2) Field Methods in Sociolinguistics II

3368 Advanced Linguistic Analysis

Prerequisite: LING 1200 and at least six (6) credit hours in Linguistics at or above the 2000 level.

This course takes a practical approach to linguistic analysis. Students will explore the application of linguistic principles by analyzing data from a variety of languages or by analyzing one (in most cases) non-Indo-European language in depth. Students will examine and analyze texts considering the core areas of linguistics. The analysis will focus on at least two of the core areas of phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Based on the results of the analysis, the discussion will broaden to include a typological perspective.

3395 Cross-listed as ANTH 3395.1(.2) Language Use and Issues in Northern Canada

3396 Cross-listed as ANTH 3396.1(.2) Language Use and Issues in Southern Canada

3402 Cross-listed as ENGL 3402.0 History of the English Language

3427 Cross-listed as ENGL 4427.1(.2) Language, Gender and Power

3826 - 3849 Special Topics in Linguistics

Prerequisite: Ling 1200 and at least six (6) credit hours in linguistics at or above the 2000 level.

These courses allow students to study a special topic at an advanced level. Such topics will either (a) not be covered by other LING courses or (b) handle the subject matter in alternative models.

Seminar: 3 hrs. a week.

4420 Linguistic Theory

Prerequisite: Ling 1200 and twelve (12) credit hours in LING.

This course will examine concepts and trends in the development of linguistic theory from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. Perspectives will include (a) particular areas of enquiry, such as language diversity, pragmatics, neurolinguistics, etc., and how they have informed linguistic theory; (b) schools of linguistics from Saussure to the present; and (c) fundamental concepts in linguistic theory.

4440 Cross-listed as FREN 4440.1(.2) Canadian French: Sociolinguistic Perspective

4491 Cross-listed as ANTH 4491.1(.2) Ethnography of Communication

4492 Cross-listed as ANTH 4492.1(.2) Anthropological Analysis of Linguistic Communities

4493 Doing Discourse Analysis [ENGL 4493]

4494 Approaches to Discourse Analysis [ENGL 4494]

4500 Honours Thesis

Prerequisite: honours standing in Linguistics.

Supervised preparation of a significant research paper for honours students in linguistics.

4510 Applied Linguistics

Prerequisite: At least eighteen (18) credit hours in LING, a second language, or psychology.

This course will examine topics in applied linguistics. The course may focus on linguistic approaches to literacy, first or second language acquisition, bilingualism, or a similar topic. The goal of the course is to develop knowledge of primary literature addressing linguistic contributions to the area under focus, but also to develop skills in problem based interdisciplinary thinking, research and collaboration.

4826-4849 Special Topics in Linguistics

Prerequisite: At least eighteen (18) credit hours in LING.

These courses allow students to study a special topic at an advanced level. Such topics will either (a) not be covered by other LING courses or (b) handle the subject matter in alternative models.

4876-4899 Directed Readings in Linguistics

These courses provide the opportunity to study a particular subject(s) in detail. They are designed to examine at an advanced level topics not covered in other linguistics courses or in courses cross-listed as linguistics courses, or to allow for a different approach to the study of topics already covered in other courses.