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Linguistics Courses

Course offerings vary from year to year. Check Generate a Timetable for available course offerings.

LING 111 (3) Intro to Descriptive Linguistics

A study of the theoretical basis of language study, including the contrast between communication and true language, animal "language", theories of language origins, neurolinguistics, and phonetics/phonology. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: None.

LING 112 (3) Intro to Historical and Applied Linguistics

A study of the theoretical basis of language study at more advanced levels and the applications of this theory. Topics include semantics, syntax, pragmatics, dialect, writing systems, and linguistic applications in teaching and translation. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: None.

LING 211 (3) History of the English Language

A study of the history and development of the English language from its origins to the present, including the historical context of the development of the language; the changes in phonology, grammar, and vocabulary from Old to Middle to Modern English; the history and diversity of English dialects; the role of English today as a world language; and the history and nature of Canadian English. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: None.

LING 212 (3) Indo-European Studies

A study of Indo-European languages and their "family" emphasizing the principles of classifying languages; debate concerning macro-families; the theories of the origins and nature of Proto- Indo-European; archaeolinguistic evidence supporting these theories; the nature of Indo-European texts; the provenance and dispersal of Indo-European languages, and the controversies concerning their relationships. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: None.

LING 350 (3) Linguistics and the Dimensions of Literacy

An introduction to theoretical and historical linguistic studies and the application of this knowledge to the development and teaching of literacy skills. Considers the shaping, formative role of language in a culture and investigates assumptions about the relationship between language, thought, and culture. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Third-year standing.

LING 490 (3) Topics in Linguistics

An investigation of a selected area of linguistic research. May be taken more than once if the focus is significantly different in each case. (3:0:0)

Prerequisite: Third-year standing; 3 credits of Linguistics; LING 350 recommended but not required.