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Spring/Summer '99 Course Guide

Courses in Linguistics (Division 423)


Calendars

Spring Half-Term, 1999 (May 3 June 22, 1999)
Spring/Summer Term, 1999 (May 3 August 17, 1999)
Summer Half-Term, 1999 (June 28 August 17, 1999)


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Ling. 112. Languages of the World.

Section 101.

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (SS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Language is a central concern of humankind and with good reason. As the conduit for most communicative and expressive needs as well as other tasks, it pervades virtually every aspect of human existence. Few realize, however, how truly rich the linguistic universe is until they consider the variety of distinct linguistic devices and practices employed by speakers of the 5000+ individual languages that have been identified to date. Appreciating and being able to explain the range of variety of spoken and written language among various peoples of the world is an essential key to understanding human culture and diversity. This course systematically addresses many of the questions which most fascinate us about language, thus widening our intercultural horizons and enhancing our sophistication about our own language and culture. It therefore serves those who wish to learn about both our own and other societies, particular languages or regions of the world, and the nature of the human mind.

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Ling. 210. Introduction to Linguistic Analysis.

Section 101.

Instructor(s): John Lawler (jlawler@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (SS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jlawler/210-summer.html

Language is the information bottleneck of the human condition. A vast amount of our knowledge, including virtually everything learned in formal education, comes to us through Language. Consequently, learning to analyze it, in ways that work for all languages, and to describe it objectively, is a valuable tool for intellectuals, and one that stimulates in addition the habit of close attention to language, which is one of the things necessary for effective thought and writing.

Over the last century, linguistic scientists have developed an array of analytic procedures and concepts that allow one to de-mystify speech, grammar, and language use, and to discover a number of surprising facts about one's own and others' languages. This course is a small (maximum 30) 8-week, 4-credit intensive introduction to the methods linguists use for describing languages (although general training in analytic thought is our ultimate goal), meeting for 4 two-hour classes a week.

Drawing on examples from a large number of the world's languages, we will devote one week to each of the major areas of linguistic analysis, in order: Introduction, Morphology, Phonetics, Phonology, Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics. By focusing simultaneously on language data, and on the techniques used to make sense of these data, we will see that our understanding of the object of inquiry (language) is influenced by our methods of inquiry.

There will be weekly quizzes and daily data analysis problems, which will form the context for our discussion. In addition, there will be a comprehensive final take-home exam, which may be done in groups. This class is especially recommended for those with interests in scientific analysis (including mathematics, computing, and engineering), since the analytic methods discussed are generalizable easily.

There is no textbook; materials for analysis and handouts are in a course pack. No prerequisites except an interest in language and thinking.

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Ling. 395. Individual Research.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Adequately prepared students can pursue individual research with a member of the faculty. Individual students should consult with faculty about ongoing projects in which they can participate. Reading and reports appropriate to the individual topic are required. A paper situating the research in the literature and describing the project and the student's role in it will normally be required.

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Ling. 493. Undergraduate Reading.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of the concentration advisor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit with permission of concentration advisor.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

An independent study course for undergraduates.

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Ling. 494. Undergraduate Reading.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of the concentration advisor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit with permission of concentration advisor.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

An independent study course for undergraduates.

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Ling. 495. Senior Honors Reading Course.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of concentration advisor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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Spring/Summer Term Courses

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Ling. 385. Experiential Practice.

Section 101 SUBTITLE NEEDED. (4 credits)

Instructor(s): Carolyn Madden (cagm@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for a total of six credit.

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Students will participate in and be trained for a service project. The goal of the Spring/Summer offering is to prepare students to teach English to migrant workers. The spring half will cover topics related to theory and methodology of teaching English as a Second language and will explore the culture and lifestyle of the migrant worker population. Class assignments will include readings, journals, and developing lesson plans for use during the summer practicum. During the summer, students must commit to one evening of teaching a week as well as continuing contact with class coordinators and other students. Knowledge of Spanish is recommended but not required, students from all concentrations are encouraged to participate. Permission of instructor is required.

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Ling. 493. Undergraduate Reading.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of the concentration advisor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit with permission of concentration advisor.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

An independent study course for undergraduates.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Ling. 494. Undergraduate Reading.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of the concentration advisor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit with permission of concentration advisor.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

An independent study course for undergraduates.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Ling. 495. Senior Honors Reading Course.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of concentration advisor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Ling. 496. Senior Honors Reading Course.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of concentration advisor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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Summer Half-Term Courses

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Ling. 112. Languages of the World.

Section 201.

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (SS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Language is a central concern of humankind and with good reason. As the conduit for most communicative and expressive needs as well as other tasks, it pervades virtually every aspect of human existence. Few realize, however, how truly rich the linguistic universe is until they consider the variety of distinct linguistic devices and practices employed by speakers of the 5000+ individual languages that have been identified to date. Appreciating and being able to explain the range of variety of spoken and written language among various peoples of the world is an essential key to understanding human culture and diversity. This course systematically addresses many of the questions which most fascinate us about language, thus widening our intercultural horizons and enhancing our sophistication about our own language and culture. It therefore serves those who wish to learn about both our own and other societies, particular languages or regions of the world, and the nature of the human mind.

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Ling. 211. Introduction to Language.

Section 201.

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (SS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The study of language offers a way of looking at some of the most significant aspects of human experience. Language reflects and structures the way we think. It creates and is created by power relationships expressed through gender, race, class, and geography. Language offers us avenues for resistance as well as oppression. Through this course we will attempt to understand the many different roles language plays in our social and psychological lives. At the same time we will also learn some of the fundamentals of language structure which are basic to an appreciation of large-scale language issues. Course assignments will likely include homework and hourly exams. There will be a combination of course texts including background information as well as a selection of readings.

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Ling. 395. Individual Research.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Adequately prepared students can pursue individual research with a member of the faculty. Individual students should consult with faculty about ongoing projects in which they can participate. Reading and reports appropriate to the individual topic are required. A paper situating the research in the literature and describing the project and the student's role in it will normally be required.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Ling. 493. Undergraduate Reading.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of the concentration advisor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit with permission of concentration advisor.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

An independent study course for undergraduates.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Ling. 494. Undergraduate Reading.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of the concentration advisor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit with permission of concentration advisor.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

An independent study course for undergraduates.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Ling. 495. Senior Honors Reading Course.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of concentration advisor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Ling. 496. Senior Honors Reading Course.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of concentration advisor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

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