2004 - 2005 Calendar

FACULTY OF ARTS

LINGUISTICS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

In accordance with Senate’s Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, the course descriptions for courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Head of the Department.

1100. Language and Communication. A general and non-technical introduction to linguistic concepts which are important for understanding the nature of language, its change 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 vs animal communication. (Intended for first-year students.)
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both Linguistics 1100 and 2100.

1103. Introduction to Linguistics: Morphology and Syntax. An introduction to the study of the meaningful components of words and sentences. This course will demonstrate the principles by which parts of words are organized into larger units (inflectional morphology and word-formation), and by which words pattern into phrases and sentences (syntax). Synchronic and diachronic data from English and several other languages will be analysed to illustrate how language is structured.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both Linguistics 1103 and 2103.

1104. Introduction to Linguistics: Phonetics and Phonology. An introduction to the sounds of speech, their description (phonetics), organization (phonology), and interactions with morphology (morphophonology). The synchronic and diachronic patterns and regularities of language will be demonstrated through analysis of data selected from English and other languages.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both Linguistics 1104 and 2104.

1530-2023. Courses in the range 1530-2023 are intended for fluent speakers of Innu-aimun or Inuttut who are planning to complete the Diploma in Native and Northern Education in Labrador. These courses are not normally offered at the St. John’s campus.

1530. Reading and Writing in Innu-aimun I.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both Linguistics 1530 and the former Linguistics 1030.

1531. Reading and Writing in Innu-aimun II.
NOTE:.Credit may not be obtained for both Linguistics 1531 and the former Linguistics 1031.

2020. Introduction to Inuttut I.

2021. Introduction to Inuttut II.

2022. Issues in Oral Inuttut.

2023. Reading and Writing in Inuttut.

2025-2060. Courses in the 2025-2041 range are intended for students who want to learn an Aboriginal language spoken in Newfoundland and Labrador.

2025. Introduction to Inuktitut I. - inactive course.

2026. Introduction to Inuktitut II. - inactive course.

2030. Introduction to Innu-aimun (Montagnais/Naskapi) I. - inactive course.

2031. Introduction to Innu-aimun (Montagnais/Naskapi) II. - inactive course.

2040. Introduction to Mi'kmaq I. - inactive course.

2041. Introduction to Mi'kmaq II. - inactive course.

2060. Aboriginal Languages of Eastern Canada. An overview of the aboriginal languages of three language families of Eastern Canada: Eskimo-Aleut (Inuttut) and Algonquian (Innu-aimun, Mi'kmaq, Maliseet-Pasmaquoddy and Beothuk) and Iroquoian (Mohawk) with respect to both linguistic structure and current vitality. The history of language suppression and revitalization efforts, within the context of the larger issues of minority language attrition and maintenance.

2100. Language and Communication. A general and non-technical introduction to linguistic concepts which are important for understanding the nature of language, its change 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 vs animal communication..
NOTES: 1) Credit may not be obtained for both Linguistics 1100 and 2100. (Intended for students beyond first year.)
2) This course may qualify as a Research/Writing course. Consult each semester’s Undergraduate Registration Procedures booklet (the ‘slotbook’) for the R/W designation.


2103. Introduction to Linguistics: Morphology and Syntax. An introduction to the study of the meaningful components of words and sentences. This course will demonstrate the principles by which parts of words are organized into larger units (inflectional morphology and word-formation), and by which words pattern into phrases and sentences (syntax). Synchronic and diachronic data from English and several other languages will be analysed to illustrate how language is structured.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both Linguistics 1103 and 2103.

2104. Introduction to Linguistics: Phonetics and Phonology. An introduction to the sounds of speech, their description (phonetics), organization (phonology), and interactions with morphology (morphophonology). The patterns and regularities of language will be demonstrated through analysis of synchronic and diachronic data selected from English and other languages.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both Linguistics 1104 and 2104.

2105. The Wonder of Words.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 will also provide an introduction to etymology, to writing systems and transliteration, and to the use of dictionaries.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both Linguistics 2105 and the former 1101.

2210. Language in Newfoundland and Labrador: An Introduction to Linguistic Variation. A general, non-technical introduction to 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 and educational consequences; a survey of the regional and social dialects of Newfoundland English, and their major features; an overview of languages in the province other than English, and their current situation.
NOTE: This course may qualify as a Research/Writing course. Consult each semester's Undergraduate Registration Procedures booklet (the ‘slotbook’) for the R/W designation.

2400. History of the English Language to 1500. (Same as English 2400). - inactive course.

2401. History of the English Language from 1500 to Modern Times. (Same as English 2401). - inactive course.

2700-20. 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. Morphological Analysis. The meaningful parts from which words are built will be studied by using restricted data from a variety of languages. Practical work on selected languages will illustrate the wide range of notions which acquire formal expression in grammatical systems. Although previous knowledge of the languages to be discussed is not necessary, an important aspect of the course will be practical experience in analysing phenomena which are foreign to English. Discussion of languages taught at this University will be balanced with analysis of limited data sets from more exotic languages. Comparison of the means by which smaller units are organized into words will make possible an elementary typology of the world's languages.
Prerequisites: Linguistics 1103/2103 and 1104/2104.

3100. Generative Syntax. Introduction to the syntactic theory developed by Chomsky, focusing on three essential notions: linguistic competence, universal grammar and linguistic parameters.
Prerequisite: Linguistics 1103/2103.

3104. Phonetics. This course builds on the introduction to phonetics given in 1104/2104, and deals with the wide range of sounds that are used in human languages. On the practical side, the student will systematically learn to identify, symbolize and pronounce a large number of sounds. The theoretical work will concentrate on an understanding of the articulatory, acoustic and perceptual features of speech sounds. This involves the close examination of data from foreign languages chosen to illustrate the fact that languages differ widely in their selection and organization of speech sounds. It also involves study of selected regional differences in the pronunciation of English.
Prerequisite: Linguistics 1104/2104.

3105. Issues in the Acquisition of English and the Adult Learner. (Same as English 3105).
Prerequisites: English 2390, 3650; Linguistics 1104/2104; Education 2222; English 2010 is recommended.

3150. Bilingualism: Linguistic, Cognitive and Educational Aspects. (Same as Education 3150). - inactive course.

3155. Introduction to Language Acquisition. This course will examine a number of critical issues in the first and second language acquisition of syntax and phonology. Current generative approaches to first and second language acquisition will be covered, which will be exemplified with data from different languages. An introduction to phonological and syntactic speech disorders will also be offered.
Prerequisites: Linguistics 1103/2103 and 1104/2104.

3201. Generative Phonology. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a thorough grounding in Generative Phonology. The first part of the course will be a review of general phonological terms, concepts and methodology. The remainder of the course will present the basic terms, concepts, and methods in some detail. The following topics will be discussed: distinctive features, redundancy, segmental and sequential constraints, underlying representations, rule ordering, abstract and concrete analyses, different types of phonological processes, syllable structure, the analysis of tone, and morphophonological analysis.
Prerequisites: Linguistics 1103/2103 and 1104/2104.

3212. Language and Gender. A survey of language and gender issues, including (i) the representation of males and females in English and other languages; (ii) stereotypes associated with male and female speech; and (iii) sex differences in language production.
Linguistics 2210 or Women's Studies 2000 are recommended.

3220. Linguistics and Law. - inactive course.

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). - inactive course.

3500. Historical Linguistics. This course will focus on: Genetic relationships between languages; the comparative method; language change found in phonetics/phonology, morphology and syntax; lexical and semantic change; the role of language and dialect contact; comparative and internal reconstruction; the typological and genetic classification of languages.
Prerequisites: Linguistics 1103/2103 and 1104/2104.

3850. Semantics. Introduction to the study of linguistic meaning. Word- and sentence-level semantics, grammatical meaning, pragmatics, and logical aspects of meaning.
Prerequisites: Linguistics 1103/2103 and 1104/2104 are required; Linguistics 3000 and 3100 are recommended.

3950-60. Special Topics in Linguistics.

4010-4091. Courses in the range 4010-4091 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.
Prerequisites: Linguistics 1103/2103 and 1104/2104, or the permission of the instructor and the Head of the Department.

4050-4054. Linguistic Structure of a North American Aboriginal Language. The language studied could include Cree, Inuttut (Inuktitut), Innu-aimun (Montagnais/Naskapi), etc.

4055-4059. Linguistic Structure an Uncommonly Taught Language. The language to be studied could include Fijian, Modern Arabic, Classical and Vedic Sanskrit, or other exotic languages.

4100. Morphosyntactic Analysis. Analysis of a wide range of linguistic data in morphology and syntax. The course will focus on essential linguistic concepts in more than one theoretical framework, and on the nature of linguistic evidence. (Usually offered in alternate years).
Prerequisites: Linguistics 3000 and 3100.
NOTE: Credit may not be obtained for both Linguistics 4100 and the former 4001.

4110. Selected Topics in Generative Grammar. (Usually offered in alternate years).
Prerequisite: Linguistics 3100.

4150. Language Acquisition II. This course will provide a comprehensive evaluation of recent theoretical and experimental work in first and second language development. Topics will be discussed in light of current approaches to first and second language acquisition research.
Prerequisite: Linguistics 3155.

4201. Phonological Theory. This course will cover further work in generative phonology, and compare the generative approach with other approaches to phonology. Different views of the phoneme; the status of the phoneme as distinct from the morphophoneme; typical syntagmatic problems of segmentation and canonical form; typical paradigmatic problems of distinctive feature assignment, redundancy, and neutralization; concepts such as simplicity, economy, generality, naturalness, and markedness; some problems of rule ordering; an introduction to the suprasegmentals.
Prerequisites: Linguistics 3201.
NOTE: This course may qualify as a Research/Writing course. Consult each semester's.Undergraduate Registration Procedures booklet (the ‘slotbook’) for the R/W designation.

4210. Sociolinguistics. The detailed patterns of variation found in any given speech community, and factors which co-vary with them; the various theoretical models proposed to account for such variability. As their major assignment, students will complete a carefully restricted sociolinguistic project. (Usually offered in alternate years).
Prerequisites: Linguistics 1103/2103, 2210 and 3104.

4301. French Dialects, Patois and Argots. (Same as French 4301). - inactive course.

4310. The French Language in Canada. (Same as French 4310). - inactive course.

4350. General Romance Linguistics. - inactive course.

4400. Historical and Comparative Linguistics. - inactive course.

4403. Etymology: History of English Words. (Same as English 4403). - inactive course.

4420. English Dialectology I. (Same as English 4420). - inactive course.

4421. English Dialectology II. (Same as English 4421). - inactive course.

4500. Introduction to Field Methods. 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, you will learn to apply theoretical concepts from all major Linguistics subdisciplines, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and historical linguistics. (Usually offered in alternate years).
Prerequisites: Linguistics 3000, 3100, 3104, and 3201.

4700. Experimental Phonetics. 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 source-plus-filter theory of speech production. A survey of the range of natural articulations and their acoustic effects. Some competing theories of speech perception. Acoustic versus perceptual bases for phonological features.
Prerequisite: Linguistics 3104, or permission of the Head of Department.

4750. Selected Topics in Phonology.

4751. Selected Topics in Morpho-Syntax.

4752. Selected Topics in Semantics.

4753. Selected Topics in Acquisition.

4754. Selected Topics in Linguistic Variation.

4900 and 4901. Independent Study. These courses are open to advanced students wishing to do individual research in consultation with an advisor.

4950-60. Special Topics in Linguistics.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

4999. Honours Essay.


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