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Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

This is a modified and expanded version of the university calendar. For the student's convenience, courses have been organized as follows:

Courses offered once per year, or every other year

  • 1100 Introduction to Linguistics
  • 1103 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis: Syntax
  • 1104 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis: Phonology
  • 1105 The Wonder of Words
  • 2060 Aboriginal Languages of Eastern Canada
  • 2210 Language in Newfoundland and Labrador: An Introduction to Linguistic Variation
  • 2700-2720 Special Topics in Linguistics: Introduction to Uncommonly Taught Languages including the following:
    • 2700 Introduction to Irish Gaelic I
    • 2701 Introduction to Irish Gaelic II
    • 2702 Introduction to Japanese I
    • 2703 Introduction to Japanese II
  • 3000 Morphology
  • 3100 Syntactic Theory
  • 3104 Phonetics
  • 3155 Introduction to Language Acquisition
  • 3201 Phonological Theory
  • 3500 Historical Linguistics
  • 3850 Introduction to Semantics
  • 4010-4091 (courses on the structure of a language)
  • 4050-4054 Linguistic Structure of a North American Aboriginal  Language
  • 4100 Morphosyntactic Analysis
  • 4110 Selected Topics in Syntactic Theory
  • 4150 Language Acquisition II
  • 4151 Advanced Topics in Phonological Acquisition
  • 4201 Advanced Phonology
  • 4210 Sociolinguistics II
  • 4500 Introduction to Field Methods
  • 4700 Experimental Phonetics

Courses offered when possible, or as needed

  • 2025 Introduction to Inuttitut I
  • 2026 Introduction to Inuttitut II
  • 2212 Language and Gender (formerly LING 3212)
  • 2220 Linguistics and Law (formerly LING 3220)
  • 2300 Philosophy of Language and Mind (same as Philosophy 2300)
  • 3210 Introduction to Sociolinguistics
  • 3302 History of the French Language (same as French 3302)
  • 3310 Phonology and Morphology of French (same as French 3310)
  • 3311 Introduction to General Linguistics: Aspects of French Linguistic Theory (same as French 3311)
  • 3950-3960 (excluding 3951) Special Topics in Linguistics
  • 3951 Language Endangerment and Revitalization
  • 4750 Selected Topics in Phonology
  • 4751 Selected Topics in Morphosyntax
  • 4752 Selected Topics in Semantics
  • 4753 Selected Topics in Acquisition
  • 4754 Selected Topics in Linguistic Variation
  • 4900-4901 Independent Study
  • 4950-4960 Special Topics in Linguistics
  • 4999 Honours Essay

Infrequently offered courses

  • 3302 History of the French Language
  • 3310 Phoology and Morphology of French (same as French 3310)
  • 3311 Introduction to General Linguistics:  Aspects of French Linguistic Theory (same as French 3311)

 


1100 Introduction to Linguistics is a general introduction to linguistic concepts which are important for understanding the nature of language and its function for communication. Topics include: languages as structured systems; the systematicity of language change; the classification of languages into families and their geographical distribution; language, the brain, and language disorders; the acquisition of language; and human versus animal communication.  top
1103 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis:  Syntax is an introduction to the study of grammatical patterns in the structure of phrases and sentences.  This course provides students with the tools to analyze phrase structure and syntactic constituency in English and other languages. Theoretical topics covered include case theory and agreement, principles of thematic role assignment, and different types of syntactic movement.   top

1104 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis:  Phonology is an introduction of the sounds in human languages.  Basic empirical and theoretical issues in phonology are demonstrated through the analysis of data selected from English and other languages.  Theoretical concepts surveyed include phonological features and contrasts and syllable structure.  These are examined through the study of allophony, allomorphy, and processes such as assimilation and neutralization.  top

1105 The Wonder of Words is an introduction to the structure of words. This course presents methods of linguistic analysis through an in-depth study of English word origins. The French, Latin, and Greek origins of technical and scientific words are studied, together with the ways that these words may change in structure, sound, and meaning. The course also provides an introduction to etymology, to writing systems and transliteration, and to the use of dictionaries.  CR:  credit may not be obtained for both the former LING 2105 and the former LING 1101. top

2022 Issues in Oral Inuttitut reviews the primary role of oral language in communication, language acquisition and language maintenance in oral Inuttitut.  The nature and significance of dialect differences are also discussed.  Different types of oral language are examined, e.g. stories, newscasts, conversation.  Students study how oral language is used within modern Labrador society and whether language attitudes are reflected in this use.  Students also consider how best to teach oral Inuttitut and different ways to test for oral proficiency.  This course is intended for fluent speakers of Inuttitut who are planning to complete the Diploma in Native and Northern Education (T.E.P.L.).  This course is not normally offered at the St. John's campus.  PR:  LING 2020  top

2025 Introduction to Inuttitut I  introduces students to Inuttitut (Eskimo).  Students develop a working knowledge of basic vocabulary and grammar, as well as a number of linguistic concepts that will enable them to consult a wide range of reference books.  A strong emphasis is placed on oral skills.  This course is intended for students who want to learn an Aboriginal language spoken in Newfoundland and Labrador.  top

2026 Introduction to Inuttitut II is a continuation of Linguistics 2025.  Students will learn further vocabulary and grammar of the language. They are also required to submit a project based on their own investigation of some aspect of the grammar of the language (based on either reference books or fieldwork). A strong emphasis is placed on oral skills.  This course is intended for students who want to learn an Aboriginal language spoken in Newfoundland and Labrador.  PR:  LING 2025   top

2060 Aboriginal Languages of Eastern Canada is an overview of the aboriginal languages of three language families of Eastern Canada: Eskimo-Aleut (Inuttitut) and Algonquian (Innu-aimun, Mi'kmaq, Maliseet-Pasmaquoddy and Beothuk) and Iroquoian (Mohawk) with respect to both linguistic structure and current vitality. The course also reviews a history of language suppression and revitalization efforts, within the context of the larger issues of minority language attrition and maintenance.  This course is intended for students who want to learn an Aboriginal language spoken in Newfoundland and Labrador.   top

2210 Language in Newfoundland and Labrador: An Introduction to Linguistic Variation examines linguistic variation and language change in the languages of Newfoundland and Labrador.  Topics covered include the concept of variation within language, both regional and social, the chief causes of such variation, and some of its societal consequences.  As a Quantitative Reasoning course, practical workshops and assignments focus on producing a final scientific research report using quantitative analysis, graphical representation of numerical data, and logical reasoning involving numbers.  All sections of this course follow Quantitative Reasoning guidelines available at www.mun.ca/arts.  CR:  May not be used as both a Quantitative Reasoning course and the former Research/Writing top

2212 Language and Gender (formerly LING 3212) explores gender, sexuality and language and their relationship to culture, power, performance, interaction, social networks, language change, and language in the school and workplace.  The course introduces theoretical perspectives, methodologies, and research findings, from an early focus on gender difference to more recent work on how language helps people create and perform gender and sexuality.  CR: the former LING 3212

2220 Linguistics and Law (formerly LING 3220) is an overview of the many relationships between linguistics and the judicial process.  Topics to be covered include: the language of legal texts, and the Plain English movement; language use in legal settings (such as eyewitness testimony, jury instructions, and the language of lawyer-client interactions); the legal disadvantages which language may impose on speakers of minority languages and non-standard dialects; and the emerging discipline of forensic linguistics (which deals with such issues as voice and authorship identification, and linguistic interpretation of evidence). CR: the former LING 3220

2300 Philosophy of Language and Mind (same as Philosophy 2300) is a survey of philosophical thinking about human language and thought, and about how these phenomena relate to the rest of the natural world. Topics covered include the nature of language, the relations between thought and language, and the nature of consciousness.  CR:  Philosophy 2300, the former LING 2710, the former Philosophy 2710  top

2700-2720 Special Topics in Linguistics is an introduction to Uncommonly Taught Languages including the following:

2700 Introduction to Irish Gaelic I is an introduction to Irish Gaelic I.  PR:  LING 1103 or LING 1104 is recommended.   top

2701 Introduction to Irish Gaelic II  is the continuation of LING 2700 Irish Gaelic I.  PR:  LING 2700  top

2702 Introduction to Japanese I is an introduction to Japanese I.  top

2703 Introduction to Japanese II is the continuation of LING 2702 Japanese I.  PR:  LING 2702  top

3000 Morphology is an introduction to the study of word structure, which provides a comprehensive overview of morphological phenomena in a wide variety of languages.  Topics include inflection, derivation, morphophonology, and operations which change grammatical functions.  PR: LING 1103 and LING 1104  top

3100 Syntactic Theory builds on the basic concepts from Linguistics 1103 and extends them to include cross-linguistic variation from a variety of language families and language types.  New topics examined include the foundations of phrase structure, binding theory, phase theory and parametric variation   PR: LING 1103  top

3104 Phonetics provides a thorough grounding in pronouncing, transcribing and acoustically analyzing the sounds of the world's languages. Material covered includes study of the vocal anatomy, phonetic transcription of speech data from both English and a variety of the world's languages, as well as basic concepts of acoustic analysis and speech perception.  This involves the close examination of data from many of the world's languages, which illustrates how widely languages can differ in their selection and organization of speech sounds. PR: LING 1100 top

3155 Introduction to Language Acquisition examines critical issues in language acquisition, in light of the most central theoretical perspectives in this area of research.  the course combines experimental evidence from infant speech perception with corpus data documenting speech production abilities in first language learners.  Issues in second language acquisition and developmental language disorders are also discussed whenever relevant, and as part of dedicated lectures.  Data from different populations of learners and across many different languages serve to illustrate the discussion, whenever relevant.  PR:  1100   top

3201 Phonological Theory presents terms, concepts, and methods of studying phonological representations and phonological processes.  Topics include segmental and prosodic aspects of phonological patterning, including stress, tone, and harmony systems.  The course also addresses challenges posed by transparent and opaque interactions between different components of phonological systems.  These concepts are exemplified using phenomena observed across natural languages.  The course also introduces the basics of constraint-based approaches to phonological theory. PR: LING 1104   top

3210 Introduction to Sociolinguistics introduces the methods and theory underlying current approaches to the relationship between language and society.  Topics covered include the concept of variation within language, both regional and social;  the linguistic and social causes of such variation; and the means by which societies shape linguistic choices and behavior.  PR: LING 1100 or 2210  top

3302 History of the French Language (same as French 3302) is a study of the origins of French, including the influence of Gaulish languages, Vulgar Latin, Frankish, and the langue d'oc/langue d'oil division; a survey of the dialects, morphology and syntax of Old French and of the evolution from Old to Middle French, including phonology, morphology, syntax and vocabulary.  CR:  French 3302.  PR:  15 credit hours in French and/or Linguistics at the 2000 level or permission of the Head of the Department; Classics 1120 is strongly recommended.  top

3310 Phonology and Morphology of French (same as French 3310) is an examination of the phonological and morphological structure of French. Data from regional and non-standard varieties contrasted with data from standard French: formal rules to deal with observed regularities. Interactions of phonology and morphology in phenomena such as liaison. Derivational and inflectional morphology. Research articles on one or more of the topics dealt with in the course will be assigned as readings, and a written report in French based on one or more of the articles is to be submitted as part of the term work.  This course will normally be taught in French.   CR:  French 3310.  PR: 15 credit hours in French and/or Linguistics at the 2000 level or permission of the instructor.   top

3311 Introduction to General Linguistics: Aspects of French Linguistic Theory (same as French 3311) is a practical examination of the French verbal system, with a thorough exposition of the systems of aspect, voice, tense and mood. The fundamental concepts of linguistics will form the framework of this exposition: the langue/parole distinction and its relationship to underlying and surface entities; language as activity and the generation of surface elements from underlying subsystems. This course will normally be taught in French.  CR:  French 3311.  PR: 15 credit hours in French and/or Linguistics at the 2000 level or permission of the instructor.   top

3500 Historical Linguistics focuses on the genetic relationships between languages, using the comparative method as well as on language change (as documented in phonetics/phonology, morphology, and syntax).  Lexical and semantic change are also investigated, as is the role of language/dialect contact.  The course covers the basis for comparative and internal language reconstruction, as well as the typological and genetic classification of languages.   PR: LING 1103 and LING 1104. top

3850 Introduction to Semantics examines the foundations of semantics, the study of linguistic meaning.  The focus is on sentence-level semantics, involving both lexical meaning and logical/quantificational semantic operations.  How do utterances get their meanings?  How do we combine simple meanings create complex ones?  How are meanings connected to syntactic structure and intonation?  What does context contribute to meaning?  Set theory is introduced, as is some formal logic (from propositional logic to a typed lambda-calculus).  All sections of this course follow Quantitative Reasoning guidelines available at www.mun.ca/arts.  PR:  LING 1103 is required; LING 3000 and 3100 are recommended  top

3950-3960 Special Topics in Linguistics (excluding 3951) will have topics to be studied announced by the Department.  top

3951 Language Endangerment and Revitalization provides an introduction to the key issues surrounding the discussion of endangered languages.  Causes, consequences, and efforts to reverse the process of decline (language revitalization or maintenance) are examined through consideration of case studies from around the world.  Theoretical models developed to evaluate the current status and future prospects of endangered languages are also considered.  The course is likely to include substantial discussion of the situation in Canada and the USA.  PR: LING 1100  top

4010-4091 will focus on the linguistic structure of certain languages, and are designed to provide senior students with the opportunity of being exposed to a substantial part of the grammar of a language other than those regularly offered in the Faculty of Arts. One course in this series will be offered each year, subject to availability of instructor.  PR:  LING 1103  and LING 1104 or the permission of the instructor.  top

4050-4054 Linguistic Structure of a North American Aboriginal Language could study the following languages: Cree, Inuttitut (Inuktitut), Innu-aimun (Montagnais/Naskapi), etc.  CR:  Except where an exemption is supplied by the Head of the Department, a student may not obtain credit for more than one course in the 4050-4054 series. Students may not obtain credit for any of the previously offered LING 4010, 4020, 4021, 4030, 4031, 4040, 4041 in addition to a course in the 4050-4054 series.
PR: LING 1103 and LING 1104 or permission of the instructor. top


4055-4059 Linguistic Structure of an Uncommonly Taught Language provides instruction about the grammar, pronunciation, and literary and/or oral tradition of a language which is not regularly taught. CR:  Except where an exemption is supplied by the Head of the Department, a student may not obtain credit for more than one course in the 4055-4059 series. Students may not obtain credit for any of the previously offered LING 4011, 4060, 4061, 4065, 4066, 4070, 4071, 4080, 4081, 4090, and 4091 in addition to a course in the LING 4055-4059 series.  PR: LING 1103 and LING 1104 or permission of the instructor. top

4100 Morphosyntactic Analysis examines the relationship between complex morphology and syntactic structure.  Data and patterns from a wide variety of languages are considered, including several polysynthetic languages.  Students use readings selected from the primary literature for class discussion materials and for their own research. PR:  LING 3100.  top

4110 Selected Topics in Syntactic Theory is an analysis of a wide range of linguistic data in morphology and syntax.  The course focuses on essential lnguistic concepts in more than one theoretical framework, and on the nature of linguistic evidence. This course is usually offered in alternate years.  PR: LING 3100   top

4150 Language Acquisition II evaluates different theoretical avenues to explain patterns of first and second language acquisition.  The course explores acquisition patterns in first and second language acquisition, bilingual development, and language learning disorders.  Building on these data, the discussion covers central theoretical questions about the role of linguistics principles, issues in learnability and effects related to properties of the linguistic input.  PR: LING 3155  top

4151 Advanced Topics in Phonological Development covers current empirical and theoretical questions in phonological development.  The course evaluates how different theoretical frameworks can (or not) account for patterns of phonological development observed in a range of different languages.  Central to theses discussions is the learner's ability to perceive, interpret, and reproduce the various sounds and sound combinations present in these languages.  PR:  LING 3155  top

4201 Advanced Phonology addresses current issues in phonological theory.  Topics include phonology in the lexicon, segmental and prosodic representations, as well as advanced issued in constraint-based approaches to phonology.  Students further develop their ability to analyze phonological data in light of current theories.  PR: LING 3201  top

4210 Sociolinguistics II studies the detailed patterns of variation found in any given speech community, and factors which co-vary with them, and the various theoretical models proposed to account for such variability. Students acquire a thorough grounding in the methods and theroy underlying current approaches to the relationship between language and society.  As their major assignment, students will complete a carefully restricted sociolinguistic project.  This course is usually offered in alternate years.  PR: LING 2210  top

4500 Introduction to Field Methods focuses on data collection and organization for an unfamiliar language in a simulated field situation, including methods of elicitation, data filing, preliminary analysis, and hypothesis formation and testing. In this course, students learn to apply theoretical concepts from all major Linguistics sub-disciplines, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and historical linguistics.  This course is usually offered in alternate years.  PR:  LING 1103 and 1004. top

4700 Experimental Phonetics examines some empirical methods of studying the different stages of 'the speech chain' which links speaker to hearer, with special emphasis on the acoustic and perceptual stages. The course also surveys a range of natural articulations and their acoustic effects, expalined through the Source-plus-filter theory of speech production.The discussion also considers competing theories of speech perception as well as debates on the acoustic versus perceptual bases for phonological features. PR: LING 3104  top

4750 Selected Topics in Phonology will have topics to be studied announced by the Department.  This course introduces students to more advanced topics in core linguistic disciplines.  PR: LING 3201 top

4751 Selected Topics in Morphosyntax will have topics to be studied announced by the Department.  This course introduces students to more advanced topics in core linguistic disciplines.  PR:  LING 3100  top

4752 Selected Topics in Semantics will have topics to be studied announced by the Department. This course introduces students to more advanced topics in core linguistic disciplines.  PR: LING 3850  top

4753 Selected Topics in Acquisition will have topics to be studied announced by the Department. This course introduces students to more advanced topics in core linguistic disciplines.  PR: LING 3155  top

4754 Selected Topics in Linguistic Variation will have topics to be studied announced by the Department. This course introduces students to more advanced topics in core linguistic disciplines.  PR: LING 3210  top

4900 and 4901 Independent Study are courses that are open to advanced students wishing to do individual research in consultation with an advisor.  PR:  permission of instructor  top

4950-4960 Special Topics in Linguistics will have topics to be studied announced by the Department.  PR: permission of the instructor top

4999 Honours Essay is required as part of the honours program.  top

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