LING 497 - Capstone Seminar
Section: 001 Field Methods for Language Documentation
Term: WN 2012
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
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Enforced Prerequisites:
LING 313, 315 and 316.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course introduces students to the techniques used by linguists to analyze a language in the field, starting from scratch with zero prior knowledge of the language. After a general introduction to the topic, most class sessions will be divided between elicitation of data from a native speaker of some language and discussion of the data; students will learn analytic procedures by eliciting data and analyzing aspects of the phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics of the language. The language chosen for analysis will be one that is unlikely to be familiar to students; the goal of the course is to show how to discover the grammar of a language by applying standard lingustic methods. There will be reading assignments on field methodology and (if any exist) on the language itself; but most of the work will be organizing and analyzing the data elicited in class. Each student, working alone or in a team of two, will choose one aspect of the language's structure to analyze in depth in a term paper of 15-20 pages. Grading will be based on class participation (40%) and the term paper (60%).

LING 497 - Capstone Seminar
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001 (SEM)
W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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