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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

Approved Courses

The following list includes undergraduate courses that have been approved as of May 2014.  Courses added after that date do not appear in this list.  Courses eliminated after that date may still appear.  Not every course is offered regularly.  Students should consult the Schedule of Classes at www.testudo.umd.edu to ascertain which courses are actually offered during a given semester.


Number   Eligibility
000-099   Non-credit course
100-199   Primarily freshman course
200-299   Primarily sophomore course
300-399   Junior, senior course not acceptable for credit toward graduate degrees
386-387   Campus-wide internship courses; refer to information describing Experiential Learning
400-499   Junior, senior course acceptable for credit toward some graduate degree
500-599   Professional School course (Dentistry, Architecture, Law, Medicine) or post-baccalaureate course
600-899   Course restricted to graduate students
799   Master Thesis credit
899   Doctoral Dissertation credit


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Courses in "LING-Linguistics"

LING - Linguistics

LING 200 Introductory Linguistics (3) Credit only granted for: HESP120 or LING200. Additional information: Does not count toward the Linguistics major and does not fulfill prerequisite requirements for all upper-level courses. An exploration of the nature of human language, designed for non-majors. Introduction to the basic concepts and methodology of modern linguistic analysis (sound systems, word formation, sentence structure). Additional topics may include: semantics, pragmatics, social aspects of language, dialects, language change, acquisition, writing systems, typology, language universals, comparison with other communication systems, etc.

LING 210 Structure of American Sign Language (3) Overview of phonology, morphology and syntax of American Sign Language. History of the language and the unique social, political and linguistic situation of the deaf.

LING 240 Language and Mind (3) Additional information: Required for Linguistics majors and recommended for students in related fields. The study of language as a cognitive phenomenon. Focus on mastering the concepts and technical skills required for further courses in linguistics. Ways of representing people's knowledge of their native language, ways in which that knowledge is attained naturally by children, and how it is used in speaking and listening. Additional topics may include: animal communication, language and the brain, language and thought.

LING 248 Introduction to Laboratory Research in Linguistics (2-3) Recommended: LING200 or LING240. Restriction: Permission of instructor. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Additional information: A two-semester commitment is required, i.e. Ling248 is followed by Ling448. Individualized, collaborative research course aimed at developing skills for laboratory research in language acquisition, sentence processing or neurolinguistics. Learning to conduct research in laboratory linguistics as part of a research team that will create original research in the field.

LING 269 Special Topics in Study Abroad II (1-6) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

LING 311 Syntax I (3) Prerequisite: LING240. Basic concepts, analytical techniques of generative syntax, relation to empirical limits imposed by viewing grammars as representations of a component of human mind. Aspects of current theories.

LING 312 Syntax II (3) Prerequisite: LING311. Continuation of LING311. Development of theories of syntax. Criteria for revising theories. Methods and strategies of scientific efforts to explain natural phenomena.

LING 320 Phonetics (3) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in LING200. Recommended: LING240. Additional information: This course counts as a core course for the linguistics major. Only one of Ling320 or HESP403 can be used to count towards the Linguistics major. Representations and models of acoustic and articulatory phonetics. Develops concepts and skills for description, measurement and scientific analysis of the sound systems of human languages, including various varieties of English.

LING 321 Phonology I (3) Prerequisite: LING240. Properties of sound systems of human languages, basic concepts and analytical techniques of generative phonology. Empirical limits imposed by viewing grammars as cognitive representations. Physiological properties and phonological systems; articulatory phonetics and distinctive feature theory.

LING 322 Phonology II (3) Prerequisite: LING321. Continuation of LING321. Further investigation of phonological phenomena and phonological theory. Revising and elaborating the theory of the phonological representation; interaction of phonology and morphology.

LING 330 Historical Linguistics (3) Prerequisite: LING321. Recommended: LING311. A traditional presentation of language change. Language types and families, sounds and writing systems, grammatical categories. Reconstruction of proto-languages by internal and comparative methods.

LING 350 Philosophy of Language (3) Prerequisite: PHIL170 or LING311. Also offered as: PHIL360. Credit only granted for: LING350 or PHIL360. The nature and function of language and other forms of symbolism from a philosophical perspective.

LING 369 Special Topics in Study Abroad (1-6) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

LING 386 Experiential Learning (3-6) Prerequisite: Must have a Learning Proposal approved by the Office of Experiential Learning Programs, faculty sponsor, and student's internship sponsor. Restriction: Junior standing or higher.

LING 410 Grammar and Meaning (3) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor; or LING311. The basic notions of semantic theory: reference, quantification, scope relations, compositionality, thematic relations, tense and time, etc. The role these notions play in grammars of natural languages. Properties of logical form and relationship with syntax.

LING 411 Comparative Syntax (3) Prerequisite: LING312; or permission of instructor. Comparison of data from a variety of languages with respect to syntactic theory in order to investigate how parameters of universal grammar are fixed differently in different languages. Attempts to work out fragments of grammars for some languages.

LING 419 Topics in Syntax (3) Prerequisite: LING311. Repeatable to 12 credits if content differs. Topics vary.

LING 420 Word Formation (3) Prerequisite: LING321 and LING311. Examination of shape and meaning of possible words, both across languages and within particular languages. Interaction between principles of word formation and other components of a grammar: syntax, logical form and phonology.

LING 429 Topics in Phonology (3) Prerequisite: LING322. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Advanced seminar in phonology. Topics vary.

LING 430 Language Change (3) Prerequisite: LING240. Changes in grammars from generation to generation. Consequences for the theory of grammars. Traditional work on historical change.

LING 439 Topics in Diachronic Linguistics (3) Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs.

LING 440 Grammars and Cognition (3) Prerequisite: LING321 and LING311. Relationship between the structure, development and functioning of grammars and the structure, development and functioning of other mental systems. Interpretations of experimental and observational work on children's language, aphasia, speech production and comprehension.

LING 443 Programming for Linguistics (3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-Linguistics department. A one-semester introduction to computer programming, geared for linguists and others who are not computer scientists. Not intended for students who already have significant programming experience.

LING 444 Child Language Acquisition (3) Prerequisite: LING311. Examines language acquisition in infancy and early childhood: the nature of children's linguistic representations and how these develop naturally. Role of (possible) innate linguistic structure and interaction of such structure with experience. Evaluation of methods and results of current and classic research leading to contemporary models of language development.

LING 448 Advanced Laboratory Research in Linguistics (2-3) Prerequisite: LING248; and (LING200 or LING240). Restriction: Permission of instructor. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Additional information: This course is part of a two-semester sequence. Ling248 is a prerequisite. Ling248 and Ling448 must be completed in the same laboratory. Individualized, collaborative research course aimed at developing skills for laboratory research in language acquisition, sentence processing or neurolinguistics. Conducting a research project in laboratory linguistics as part of a team creating original research relevant to current issues in linguistics.

LING 449 Topics in Psycholinguistics (3) Prerequisite: LING321 and LING311; or permission of ARHU-Linguistics department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Critical evaluation of primary research in psycholinguistics. Relating theoretical hypotheses to experimental hypotheses and predictions. Evaluation of experimental results. Emphasis on hands-on experience and experimental methodologies. Specific topics vary.

LING 451 Grammars and Variation (3) Prerequisite: LING311. Grammars and the use of language in a variety of styles: formal, casual, literary, etc. Consequences for concepts of grammars. Variation theory. Literary styles.

LING 453 Mathematical Approaches to Language (3) Prerequisite: LING312. The aspects of mathematics used in linguistic discussions: recursion theory, Chomsky's hierarchy of grammars, set theory, Boolean algebra, finite state grammars, context-free grammars, etc. Applications to theories of grammars. Formalizations of grammatical theories.

LING 455 Second Language Acquisition (3) Prerequisite: LING311. Examines second language acquisition from the perspective of Chomsky's 'Universal Grammar'. Relationship between theories of grammars, first language acquisition by children and the learning of second languages by adults.

LING 460 Diversity and Unity in Human Languages (3) Prerequisite: LING240 or LING200. Fundamentals of grammatical typology as they relate to issues in social attitudes towards language. Linguistic structure of standard and non-standard languages and dialects. Relationship of different writing systems to linguistic structure. Issues in bilingualism and multilingualism.

LING 487 Computer Science for Cognitive Studies (3) Credit only granted for: LING487 or PHIL487. List processing and discrete mathematics. Preparation for the study of artificial intelligence and other mathematically oriented branches of cognitive studies. Intended for students of linguistics, philosophy, and psychology. LISP computer language, graphs and trees, the concept of computational complexity, search algorithms.

LING 499 Directed Studies in Linguistics (1-3) Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-Linguistics department. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Independent study or research on language under the supervision of a faculty member.

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