2018-2019 Catalog

BA English: Language and Linguistics Option Learning Outcomes

  1. Overview of Linguistics: Students will in class discussion and writing: correctly use current vocabulary in a variety of linguistics subfields such as semantics, language acquisition and neurolinguistics; summarize current understanding at a basic level; and explain important achievements and questions in these fields.
  2. Phonology:  Students will analyze assigned readings and demonstrate their comprehension through their written responses, read and write the International Phonetic Alphabet, descript speech sounds in terms of articulatory and acoustic properties, analyze cross-linguistic samples of phonological phenomena, and explain the grammaticality or ungrammaticality of a given word in terms of its phonological properties. 
  3. Morphology:  Students will analyze assigned readings and demonstrate their comprehension through their written responses, analyze complex words in terms of derivation, inflection, and compounding, explain the grammaticality or ungrammaticality of words using correct technical vocabulary, and explain cross-linguistic varieties of word-building strategies.
  4. Syntax:  Students will analyze assigned readings and demonstrate their comprehension through their written responses, diagram sentences within a contemporary theoretical framework, explain the (un)grammaticality of sentences using correct technical vocabulary, and contrast English syntax with that of other languages
  5. Sociolinguistics:  Students will analyze assigned readings and demonstrate their comprehension through their written responses, report on observations of various factors of language that shape individual and group identities in society, evaluate contemporary theories attempting to explain such factors, and write a case study focusing on one particular linguistic community.
  6. Language History and Development:  Students will analyze assigned readings and demonstrate their comprehension through their written responses, analyze examples of language change over time, analyze examples of different dialects, and explain language and dialect change.  
  7. Research and Documentation:  Students will develop appropriate research topics, select appropriate research materials, and write a well-developed piece of original research following discipline-specific writing conventions.