1076 Frieze Building
Web site: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/ling/
Professor Marilyn Shatz, Director
May be elected as an interdepartmental concentration program
The general field of linguistics includes several subfields. Phonetics and phonology are especially concerned with the sounds of speech. Phonetics emphasizes the manner in which speech sounds are produced by the vocal organs, and phonology deals with the way in which speech sounds are organized in languages. Syntax examines the way in which smaller units of language, such as words, are organized into larger units, such as phrases and sentences. Semantics seeks to understand how the forms of language are used to express meaning. Historical and comparative linguistics are concerned with the ways in which languages change through time, with the variations in language from place to place, and with the possible relationship among languages. Historical linguistics also includes the study of the history of specific languages and language groups, and the reconstruction of pre-historic languages.
In addition to these central areas of linguistics several other sub-disciplines relate linguistics to other fields of study. Psycholinguistics treats language in its psychological aspects and is especially concerned with the ways in which cultural patterns and values relate to language structure, use, and change. Sociolinguistics deals with the interrelationship of language and society and with the covariation of language and social form. Computational linguistics is concerned with the utilization of computational techniques in the analysis of language. Areas in which the findings of linguists have found application include: translation, the design and documentation of computer software, language and national policy, speech pathology and speech therapy, linguistic problems of minority children, the development of writing systems for previously unwritten languages, the teaching of first language skills such as reading and writing, and the teaching of second languages.
Concentration Program. The concentration in linguistics requires courses totaling at least 30 credits at the 300-level or higher, of which up to 6 credits may, with the approval of a concentration advisor, be cognate courses from another program or department. Foreign language courses will not, ordinarily, count as cognates, but courses about the structure or history of languages may do so.
Each concentrator will be required to take three courses that deal with areas central to linguistics:
Beyond these three basic courses, each student should work with a concentration advisor in order to develop a program that meets his or her special interests. A concentration program that focuses upon linguistic analysis is possible, but since language is important to a wide range of human affairs, we also encourage students to combine the formal study of linguistics with serious work in one of the other disciplines where linguistic skills are relevant. Among the possible foci that a concentration in linguistics allows are the following. Additional information about concentration requirements and alternative curricula can be obtained from the Program offices.
Honors Concentration. The Honors concentration in linguistics includes completion of the requirements for the concentration and, in addition, a senior Honors project leading to an Honors thesis. The thesis must be written under the supervision of a faculty member of the Program in Linguistics and with permission of a concentration advisor. Students may (but are not required to) elect Linguistics 495 and/or 496 when writing the Honors thesis.
Advising. Students should inquire at the Program office or the Academic Advising Center (1255 Angell Hall) for information about advising. Advising appointments may be made by e-mail; visit the Program's Web Page (http://www.lsa.umich.edu/ling/) for further details.
Half-Term Information. Courses offered during the Spring or Summer half terms are normally for 2 credits.
103. First Year Seminar (Social Science). (3). (SS).
104. First Year Seminar (Introductory Composition). (4). (Introductory Composition).
112. Languages of the World. (3; 2 in the half-term). (SS).
114. A World of Words. (3; 2 in the half-term). (HU).
119. Conversation. (3; 2 in the half-term). (SS).
210. Introduction to Linguistic Analysis. (4; 2 in the half-term). (SS).
211. Introduction to Language. (3; 2 in the half-term). (SS).
272/Anthro. 272. Language in Society. Primarily for first- and second-year students. (4). (SS). (This course meets the Race and Ethnicity Requirement).
305/Comm. 305/Poli. Sci. 305. Political and Advertising Discourse. Junior standing. (3). (Excl).
313. Sound Patterns. Ling. 210 or 211. (3; 2 in the half-term). (SS).
314. Text, Context, and Meaning. Ling. 210 or 211. (3; 2 in the half-term). (Excl).
315. Introduction to Sentence Analysis. Ling. 210 or 211. (3; 2 in the half-term). (Excl).
317. Language and History. Ling. 210 or 211. (3; 2 in the half-term). (HU).
318. Types of Languages. Ling. 210 or 211. (3). (Excl).
342. Perspectives on Bilingualism. Ling. 272, or Ling. 210, or Ling. 211. (3). (Excl).
350. Perspectives on Second Language Learning and Second Language Instruction. Ling. 210 or 211. (3; 2 in the half-term). (Excl).
351. Second Language Acquisition. Ling. 210 or 211. (3; 2 in the half-term). (SS).
361. Studies in American Sign Language. (3). (Excl).
385. Experiential Practice. Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for credit.
395. Individual Research. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.
406/English 406. Modern English Grammar. (3). (Excl).
408/English 408. Varieties of English. (3). (Excl).
409/Anthro. 472. Language and Culture. (3). (HU).
410/Anthro. 474. Language and Discrimination: Language as Social Statement. (3). (SS).
411. Introduction to Linguistics. Not open to students with credit for Ling. 211. (3). (SS).
412. Phonetics. Ling. 313. (4; 3 in the half-term). (Excl).
414. Semantics and Pragmatics. A course in Linguistics, junior standing. (3). (Excl).
415. Generative Syntax. (3). (Excl).
417/Anthro. 476/German 417. Principles and Methods of Historical Linguistics. Ling. 411. (3). (Excl).
418. Linguistic Typology. (3; 2 in the half-term). (Excl).
429. Discourse Analysis and Language Teaching. Ling. 313, 314, or 315. (3). (Excl).
442/Anthro. 478. Introduction to Sociolinguistics. Ling. 313. (3; 2 in the half-term). (Excl).
447/Psych. 445. Psychology of Language. Psych. 340. (3). (Excl).
451/Psych. 451. Development of Language and Thought. Psych. 350. (3). (SS).
473/Anthro. 473. Ethnopoetics: Cross-Cultural Approaches to Verbal Art. Two courses in anthropology, linguistics or literature. (3; 2 in the half-term). (Excl).
492. Topics in Linguistics. (3). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.
493. Undergraduate Reading. Permission of the concentration advisor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit with permission of concentration advisor.
494. Undergraduate Reading. Permission of the concentration advisor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit with permission of concentration advisor.
495. Senior Honors Reading Course. Permission of concentration advisor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).
496. Senior Honors Reading Course. Permission of concentration advisor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).
513(413). Phonology. (3; 2 in the half-term). (Excl).
519(419). Discourse Analysis. Permission of instructor. (3; 2 in the half-term). (Excl).
540(Iranian 530)/APTIS 540. Structure of Persian and Iranian Linguistics. Taught in English. (3). (Excl).
555(455). Introduction to Cognitive Grammar. Ling. 313. (3). (Excl).