The Tri-Co Linguistics Department offers two majors:
- Linguistics and Language
- All majors in the linguistics department must complete SEVEN credits in the following three areas of study. Listed below are Bi-Co courses.
- Mandatory Foundation Courses (three credits)
- LING H113 Introduction to Syntax or LING S050
- LING H114 Introduction to Semantics or LING S040
- LING H115 Phonetics and Phonology or LING S045
- Structure Courses on a Non-Indo-European Language (choose one):
- LING H215 Structure of Colonial Valley Zapotec
- LING H282 Structure of Chinese
- LING S061 Structure of Navajo
- LING S062 Structure of American Sign Language
- LING S064 Structure of Tuvan
- Elective Courses (choose four): There are three ways to meet this requirement - 1. All tri-co linguistics courses can count as electives if they are not counted as required courses. 2. Linguistics courses taken during study abroad that have been pre-approved by the chair. 3. The following courses that have been either cross-listed with linguistics or have been on our approved course list:
- LING/ENGL H213 Inventing (the) English
- LING/PSYC H238 The Psychology of Language
- PHIL H253 Analytic Philosophy of Language
- PHIL H260 Historical Introduction to Logic
- LING/ANTH B281 Language in the Social Context
- LING/CMSC B325 Computational Linguistics
- LING/SPAN H365 The Politics of Language in the Spanish-Speaking World
- Mandatory Foundation Courses (three credits)
- For Linguistics and Language majors, instead of taking four elective courses, they must take a total of six credits in two languages, three credits each, reaching the Third-Year level in both languages they study.
- In addition, all majors are required to write a senior thesis in the fall of their senior year in LING 399 (Research Seminar). The thesis constitutes the comprehensive requirement.
Bi-Co students can minor in Linguistics. They must take the four required courses as defined for the major plus two electives.
101B Introduction to Linguistics HU - B. Lillehaugen; Staff
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. Fall at Bryn Mawr, and spring at Haverford.
113H Introduction to Syntax HU - S.Huang
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.
114H Introduction to Semantics HU - S.Huang
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.
115H Phonetics and Phonology HU - B.Lillehaugen
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 phonology). and show the necessity and utility of both approaches in understanding the nature of sound patterns in human language. Typically offered every Spring.
282H Structure of Chinese SO - S.Huang
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 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. Prerequisite: At least two of the following: Introduction to Syntax, Introduction to Semantics, and Introduction to Linguistics. Or consent of the instructor. No knowledge of Chinese is required.
382H Topics in Chinese Syntax and Semantics HU - S. Huang
An examination of the core issues in the study of Chinese syntax and semantics, such as phrase structure, modification structure, comparative structure, quantification, event semantics, just to name a few. Students will read exemplary work in Chinese linguistics and study the inner workings of the language and its theoretical implications. Prerequisite: Intro to Syntax and Intro to Semantics. Structure of Chinese preferred but not required. Or consent of the instructor.
399H Senior Thesis Seminar HU - B. Lillehaugen
This is the seminar in which seniors will write their thesis. All majors in LING and LING/LANG must write their senior thesis in either Ling S100 or Ling H399. Seniors only.
Recommended but not required: Structure of Chinese. Sophomore standing or above. No knowledge of Chinese is required
Departmental Honors for Bi-Co Majors
Honors will be granted, at the discretion of the faculty members, to those senior majors who have consistently distinguished themselves in major-related course work (typically with a GPA of 3.7 or higher), active and constructive participation in the intellectual life of the department, and an outstanding senior thesis. A senior major may receive high honors if deemed exceptional in all three areas.