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Haverford College

Course Catalog

Linguistics: 2009-2010

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Students may major in Linguistics through Swarthmore College and minor in Linguistics through Haverford College.

Linguistics is the study of language, the medium which allows us to communicate and share our ideas with others. As a discipline, linguistics examines the structural components of sound, form, and meaning, and the precise interplay between them. Modern linguistic inquiry stresses analytical and argumentation skills, which will prepare students for future pursuits in any field where such skills are essential.

Linguistics is also relevant to other disciplines, such as psychology, philosophy, sociology, and anthropology.

The primary goals of the linguistics minor are to introduce students to the field of linguistics proper through a series of foundation courses in linguistics theory and methodology; to provide training in the application of certain theoretical and methodological tools to the analysis of linguistic data; and to offer an array of interdisciplinary courses that allow students to explore other related fields that best suit their interests.


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Associate Professor of Chinese and Linguistics and C.V. Starr Professorship in Asian Studies Shizhe Huang, Bi-College Coordinator (on leave in Semester I)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics Jason Kandybowicz, Tri-College Coordinator


At Haverford College:
Professor of Psychology Marilyn Boltz
Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Margaret Gest Center Ashok Gangadean
T. Wistar Brown Professor of Philosophy Danielle Macbeth
Associate Professor of Chinese and Linguistics and C.V. Starr Professorship in Asian Studies Shizhe Huang
Assistant Professor of Spanish Ana López-Sánchez

At Bryn Mawr College:
Professor of Computer Science Deepak Kumar
Assistant Professor of Anthropology Amanda Weidman

At Swarthmore College:
Professor of Linguistics Theodore Fernald (on leave in Semester I, Semester II)
Professor of Linguistics Donna Jo Napoli (on leave in Semester II)

Associate Professor of Linguistics K. David Harrison, Chair
The Eugene M. Lang Visiting Professor for Issues of Social Change Ana Celia Zentella
Assistant Professor Jason Kandybowicz (Tri-College)
Visiting Assistant Professor Vera Lee-Schoenfeld
Visiting Assistant Professor (part time) & Phonetics Lab Coordinator Aaron J. Dinkin
Visiting Assistant Professor (part time) Jean-François R. Monton

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Major Requirements

Students may major in linguistics through the Linguistics department at Swarthmore College ( Contact the department for more details.

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Minor Requirements

Students may minor in linguistics by completing six credits in the following three areas of study:

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Haverford College currently offers the following courses in Linguistics:

LING H101 Introduction to Linguistics
An introductory survey of linguistics as a field. This course examines the core areas of linguistic structure (morphology, phonology, syntax, semantics), pragmatics, and language variation in relation to language change. The course provides rudimentary training in the analysis of language data, and focuses on the variety of human language structures and on the question of universal properties of language.

LING H114 Introduction to Semantics
This course is an introduction to semantics, the study of meaning in human language. We will explore semantic issues that arise from the lexicon, the sentences, and the discourse. Along the way, we will investigate not only the semantic structure of natural language but also pragmatic factors that affect our interpretation of the use of language. This is a participation-intensive course. In the process, students will not only learn the basic semantic theory but will also develop skills in observing linguistic patterns and analyzing these patterns in order to come to some generalizations on their own.

LING H115 Phonetics and Phonology
This course investigates the sound patterns found in human languages. Phonetics is the study of these patterns from a physical and perceptual perspective while phonology is the study of sound patterns from a cognitive perspective. Activities in the class will expose students to the methodologies used by both perspectives (articulatory description and acoustic analysis for phonetics and formal theoretical models for phonology) and show the necessity and utility of both approaches in understanding the nature of sound patterns in human language.

LING H365 The Politics of Language in the Spanish-Speaking World
A. López-Sánchez
The course will explore the relationship between (national) identity and language, and the specific outcomes of (language) policies and educational practices in societies where Spanish is spoken, generally alongside other mother tongues, often as the dominant language, but also in a minority situation. Prerequisite: A 200 level or consent of instructor. Enrollment limited to 18 students.

LING H382 Topics in Chinese Syntax and Semantics (Cross-listed in East Asian Studies)
In this course we will concentrate on one or two topics exemplifying core issues in the study of Chinese syntax and semantics. Topics vary but may include modification structure, quantification, or event semantics. The aim is to examine a rich array of data as analyzed by specialists and study the inner workings of the language and their theoretical implications. Prerequisites: Introduction to Syntax, and Introduction to Semantics. Recommended: Structure of Chinese (but not required). Sophomore standing or above. No knowledge of Chinese is required.

Bryn Mawr College courses in Linguistics:

LING B113 Introduction to Syntax
LING B281 Language in Social Context (Weidman, cross-listed as ANTH B281) Not offered in 2009-10.
CMSC B325 Computational Linguistics (Kumar)

Swarthmore College currently offers the following courses in Linguistics:

LING S001 Introduction to Language and Linguistic (F&S)
LING S006 FYS: Language and Deafness (F)
LING S015 Introduction to the Lenape Language (F)
LING S021 Language, Race, and Ethnic Identities (F)
LING S022 Latino Languages and Dialects in Contact in Families, Schools and Communities (S)
LING S025 Language, Culture and Society (F)
LING S034 Psychology of Language (F)
LING S040 Semantics (F&S)
LING S043 Morphology and the Lexicon (S)
LING S045 Phonetics and Phonology (F)
LING S050 Syntax (F&S)
LING S055 Writing or Lang Policy 018 (S)
LING S064 Structure of Tuvan (S)
LING S075 Field Methods (F)
LING S100 Research Seminar (F)
LING S107 Seminar in Syntax (F)
LING S195 Senior Honors Thesis (F)


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