Humanities: Linguistics, 2011-2012
Students may major in Linguistics through the Tri-College Linguistics consortium (Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore) and minor in Linguistics at 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.
Associate Professor of Chinese and Linguistics and C.V. Starr Professorship in Asian Studies Shizhe Huang, Director, Bi-Co/Tri-Co Coordinator
Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics Linguistics Daniel Altshuler (Tri-College)
At Haverford College:
Professor of Psychology Marilyn Boltz
T. Wistar Brown Professor of Philosophy Danielle Macbeth
Assistant Professor of Spanish Ana López-Sánchez
At Bryn Mawr College:
Professor of Computer Science Deepak Kumar
Assistant Professor of Anthropology Amanda Weidman
Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics Linguistics Daniel Altshuler (Tri-College)
At Swarthmore College:
Professor of Linguistics Theodore Fernald Chair
Professor of Linguistics Donna Jo Napoli
Associate Professor of Linguistics K. David Harrison (on leave in 2011-12)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics Daniel Altshuler (Tri-College)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics Nathan Sanders
Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics (part time) & Phonetics Lab Coordinator Aaron J. Dinkin
Instructor Shelley DePaul
Instructor Doreen Kelley
Students may learn the major requirements through the website of the Linguistics department at Swarthmore College (http://www.swarthmore.edu/SocSci/Linguistics/). Contact the department at Swarthmore or Shizhe Huang at Haverford for more details.
Students may minor in linguistics through Haverford by completing six credits in the following three areas of study:
- Mandatory Foundation Courses (three credits):
- LING H113 or LING S050 Introduction to Syntax
- LING H114 or LING S040 Introduction to Semantics
- LING H115 Phonetics and Phonology
- Synthesis Courses (choose one):
- LING H282 Structure of Chinese
- LING H382 Topics in Chinese Syntax and Semantics
- LING S060 Structure of Navajo
- LING S062 Structure of American Sign Language
- LING S064 Structure of Tuvan
- Elective Courses (choose two):
- LING/PSYC H238 The Psychology of Language
- LING B101 Introduction to Linguistics
- LING H240 Literature and Cognition
- LING/PHIL H253 Analytic Philosophy of Language
- LING/PHIL H260 Historical Introduction to Logic
- LING/ANTH B281 Language in the Social Context
- LING H295 Seminar in Syntax: The Minimalist Program
- LING/CMSC B325 Computational Linguistics
- LING/SPAN H365 The Politics of Language in the Spanish-Speaking World
- LING/EAST H382 Topics in Chinese Syntax and Semantics
All linguistics courses offered at Swarthmore College will be accepted for minor credit for various categories.
Haverford College currently offers the following courses in Linguistics:
LING 101 Introduction to Linguistics HU
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. Taught at Bryn Mawr, Fall of 2011. Typically offered every Fall at Bryn Mawr.
LING H113 Introduction to Syntax HU
This course is a hands-on investigation of sentence structures in human language. This is a participation intensive course. Collectively, the class will develop an increasingly complex syntactic theory starting with basic assumptions and seeing where they lead. In the process, students will develop skills in observing syntactic patterns and analyzing these patterns in order to come to some generalizations on their own. Typically offered every Fall.
LING H114 Introduction to Semantics HU
This course focuses on 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 language use. 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 semantic patterns and analyzing these patterns in order to come to some generalizations on their own. Typically offered every Spring.
LING H115 Phonetics and Phonology HU
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. Typically offered every Spring.
LING 238 Psychology of Language SO (Cross-listed in Psychology)
Prerequisite: Psychology 100 or consent of instructor.
LING 240 Literature and Cognition HU
Literature is discourse. It has intricate and fascinating structure that reveals how the human mind works. In the last 30 years, considerable progress has been made in psychology, artificial intelligence, linguistics and philosophy in the study of discourse interpretation. In this class we will learn an influential theory of discourse interpretation that we can then apply to different types of literary work (e.g., sonnets by Shakespeare and Milton; short stories by Nabokov and Bunin; novella by Nerval; novels by Kafka and Bulgakov) and biblical texts (e.g., The Book of Lamentations and The Book of Job). Prerequisite: One 100 level course or consent of instructor.
LING H282 Structure of Chinese SO (Cross-listed in East Asian Studies)
This course is designed to provide an overview of the Chinese language and its structures in terms of sound, form and meaning. The goal is to help students look at Chinese from both a historical and a theoretical perspective. Students from the linguistics background will have an opportunity to enrich and broaden their understanding of linguistic theories and methodologies, and to develop skills in analyzing a non-Indo-European language systematically, while students who have completed at least Second-Year Chinese will be exposed to systematic analyses of the language to learn the general patterns. Prerequisite: At least two of the following: Introduction to Syntax, Introduction to Semantics, Introduction to Linguistics, Completion of Second-Year Chinese or above. Or consent of the instructor. Typically offered in alternate years.
LING H365 The Politics of Language in the Spanish-Speaking World HU (Cross-listed in Spanish)
Prerequisite: A 200 level course or consent of instructor.
LING H382 Topics in Chinese Syntax and Semantics HU (Cross-listed in East Asian Studies)
An examination of the core issues in the study of Chinese syntax and semantics, such as phrase structure, 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 its theoretical implications. Prerequisite: Intro to Syntax and Intro to Semantics. Recommended, but not required: Structure of Chinese. Sophomore standing or above. No knowledge of Chinese is required. Advanced Chinese students are welcome to email the instructor to discuss the possibility of taking this course. Typically offered in alternate years.
Bryn Mawr College courses in Linguistics:
LING B101 Introduction to Linguistics
LING B281 Language in Social Context
CMSC B325 Computational Linguistics Not offered in 2010-11.
Swarthmore College currently offers the following courses in Linguistics:
LING S001 Introduction to Linguistics
LING S002 FYS: Taboo Terms and Slang
LING S007 Hebrew for Text Study I
LING S023 Sign Language/Sociao Contexts
LING S025 Language, Culture and Society
LING S033 Introduction to Classical Chinese
LING S034 Psychology of Language
LING S040 Semantics
LING S043 Morphology and the Lexico
LING S045 Phonetics and Phonology
LING S050 Syntax
LING S053 Language Minority Education
LING S075 Field Methods
LING S094 Special Project in Linguistics
LING S095 Community Service Cr: Lang&Deaf
LING S097 Field Research
LING S100 Research Seminar
LING S195 Senior Honors Thesis