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Winter Academic Term 2001 Course Guide

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Courses in Linguistics

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Winter Term, 2001 (January 4 April 26)

Open courses in Linguistics
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Winter Term '01 Time Schedule for Linguistics.


LING 102. First Year Seminar (Humanities).

Section 001 Language and Technology.

Instructor(s): Stefan A Frisch (sfrisch@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~sfrisch/L102_W01.html

We will examine how human language and technology have affected each other. The course will cover a wide range of topics including talking computers, codemaking and codebreaking, and bionic implants for the deaf. Students completing the course will gain an understanding of the nature of language and applications of linguistics in computer science, medicine, psychology, and cryptography.

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LING 104. First Year Seminar (Introductory Composition).

Section 001 The Literate Imagination.

Instructor(s): Deborah Keller-Cohen (dkc@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (4). (Introductory Composition).

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course explores the role of literacy (reading and writing) in our lives, throughout history, and in different cultures. We also look at the world of literacy through the eyes of bilinguals. To accomplish these goals, we read autobiographies, historical accounts and contemporary ethnographies as well as visit such campus resources as the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, and the Clements Library. As part of this effort, we will also think about the nature of reading and writing in the academy. As such, we will be critically examining our own literacy as we simultaneously consider broader social and historical aspects of reading and writing. You will learn how to go about reading different types of academic texts and writing them. Since this course meets the Introductory Composition requirement, we will be writing and revising work regularly.

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LING 112. Languages of the World.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Stephanie Ann Lindemann

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Language, according to one prominent view, is what makes us human. Certainly it pervades virtually every aspect of human existence. But few people realize how rich the linguistic universe is until they consider the variety of linguistic devices and practices employed by speakers of the 5000-6000 known languages of the world. The goal of this course is to provide an understanding of, and appreciation for, the diversity of human languages and in this way to enhance students' sophistication about their own language(s) and culture(s). We will concentrate on two main questions: first, how do languages resemble, and differ from, each other in sounds, word structure, and sentence structure? And second, how do languages relate to varying social and political circumstances?

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LING 151. Elementary American Sign Language II.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Paula D Berwanger (pberwang@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Ling. 150. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is a continuation of Ling. 150. Students will continue to learn to use and recognize selected grammatical structures of American Sign Language (ASL) for use in short spontaneous conversations involving everyday topics. Additional vocabulary is introduced to expand students' communicative skills in ASL conversations. Students will also learn additional ways of forming questions in ASL to enhance skills in using and recognizing a variety of ASL structures. Upon completion of Linguistics 151, students will be able to observe basic courtesies while making introductions, giving directions, and conversing about past, present, and future events in ASL. Regular attendance is essential. Participation in class includes role playing in selected situational activities. Class will meet two days, two hours a day. Three hours of lecture and one hour of conversation per week.

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LING 210. Introduction to Linguistic Analysis.

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (4).

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

Edward Sapir said: "Everything that we have so far seen to be true of language points to the fact that it is the most significant and colossal work that the human spirit has evolved nothing short of a finished form of expression for all communicable experience. This form may be endlessly varied by the individual without thereby losing its distinctive contours; and it is constantly reshaping itself as is all art. Language is the most massive and inclusive art we know, a mountainous and anonymous work of unconscious generations."

At about the same time (circa 1920), Krazy Kat said:

krazy

True, all true. As Krazy suggests, this "massive and inclusive art" is also the information bottleneck of the human condition. A vast amount of our knowledge, including virtually everything we learn in formal education, comes to us through Language. Consequently, learning to analyze language, in ways that work for all languages, and to describe it objectively, is an indispensable 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 writing, not to mention clear thinking. Further, an understanding of how language really works (in contrast to the linguistic mythologies usually taught in schools) gives one a metaphorical place to stand that facilitates the study of anything that is described in language, which means just about everything.

Over the last century, linguistic scientists have amassed an array of analytic procedures, concepts, and findings 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 medium-sized (maximum 60) 4-credit intensive introduction to the methods linguists use for describing languages (although general training in analytic thought is our ultimate goal).

Drawing on examples from a large number of the world's languages, we will devote about two weeks to each of the major areas of linguistic analysis, in order:

  • Morphology;
  • Phonetics;
  • Phonology;
  • Syntax;
  • Semantics;
  • 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 frequent quizzes and daily data analysis problems, which will form the context for our discussion. In addition, there will be comprehensive midterm and final take-home exams, 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. Students who would like a textbook to study should invest in The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language, available at all local bookstores. No prerequisites except an interest in language and thinking.

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LING 211. Introduction to Language.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Robin M Queen (rqueen@umich.edu), Sarah G Thomason (thomason@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~rqueen/TEACHING/211

From time immemorial human beings have been curious about what appears to be a uniquely human possession, human language about its structure, its diversity, its use, and its effects on others. This course explores the human capacity for language. We begin with a discussion of the uniqueness of human language and then review major aspects of language structure common to all human languages: sound systems, words and their meanings, sentence structures and meaning. We will then examine child language development, sentence processing, and language change; finally, we will extend our results to discussions of language variation, including social and political attitudes toward language (for instance, what is "Standard English", and is it better than other dialects of English? And should English become the official national language of the United States?). Course requirements include regular homework assignments, one midterm exam, and a final exam.

Required Textbook:
Pinker, Steven. The Language Instinct. New York: Harper Trade, 1995.

Optional Supplemental Textbook: Department of Linguistics, The Ohio State University. Language Files. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 1998.

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LING 251. Intermediate American Sign Language II.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Paula D Berwanger (pberwang@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Ling. 250. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Students will continue to learn communicative structures of American Sign Language (ASL) and develop further skills in the use of physical space to recognize and express various meanings. Vocabulary and idiomatic expressions will be expanded to cover increasingly varied settings. Students completing Ling. 251 will be able to communicate in ASL in a range of conversational interactions. Regular attendance is essential. Participation in class includes situational role playing and class presentations. Class will meet two days, two hours per day. Three hours of lecture and one hour of conversation per week.

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LING 272/Anthro. 272. Language in Society.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jennifer Ann Dickinson (jdcknson@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Primarily for first- and second-year students. (4). (SS). (R&E).

R&E

Credits: (4; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/winter/anthrcul/272/001.nsf

See Cultural Anthropology 272.001.

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LING 313. Sound Patterns.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Patrice Speeter Beddor

Prerequisites & Distribution: Ling. 210 or 211. (3). (SS).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course explores two fundamental aspects of the sounds of human languages: speech sounds as physical entities (phonetics) and speech sounds as linguistic units (phonology). In viewing sounds as physical elements, the focus is articulatory descriptions: How are speech sounds made? What types of articulatory movements and configurations are used to differentiate sounds in the world's languages? In this part of the course, the goal is to learn to produce, transcribe, and describe in articulatory terms many of the sounds known to occur in human languages. In the next part of the course, the focus is on sounds as members of a particular linguistic system. Phonological data from a wide range of languages are analyzed that is, regularities or patterns in sound distribution are extracted from the data set and then stated within a formal phonological framework. We will also construct arguments to support the proposed analyses, and will find that phonetic factors play a crucial role in validating phonological analyses. Throughout the course, a major emphasis is that speech sounds are simultaneously physical and linguistic elements, and that these two aspects of sound structure are interdependent. Class sessions will consist of lectures, phonetic practice, and interactive discussions of phonological data sets.

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LING 314. Aspects of Meaning.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): William H Baxter III (wbaxter@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Ling. 210 or 211. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/winter/ling/314/001.nsf

This course is an introduction to theories of linguistic meaning. The central question to be explored is therefore: how do we, as humans, know the meanings of words, sentences, and conversations? How do we know, for instance, the meaning of the sentence "The earth is flat", even if we have never experienced (and will probably never experience) such a state of affairs? In trying to find answers to these questions, we will investigate theories of word meaning and of 'composition'; i.e., how to put word meanings together to produce the meaning of larger components of grammar, up to defining the truth conditions of whole sentences (semantics proper). We will then look at what factors contribute to the truth (or falsity) of a sentence uttered in a given context, and what makes a sentence appropriate to any such context or conversation (pragmatics, broadly defined). There will be weekly exercises, a midterm, and a final. A basic knowledge of syntax is strongly recommended.

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LING 315. Introduction to Sentence Analysis.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Mark Hale (markhale@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Ling. 210 or 211. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course introduces the foundations of generative syntactic inquiry. Students will learn how formal syntactic analyses of certain aspects of English syntax are constructed, as well as about the ways that human languages are the same (rather than about how they may appear to differ). Through this course, students will become familiar with questions concerning cognitive capacities, mind vs. brain, knowledge vs. behavior, and the difference between studying "languages" vs. investigating human cognitive capacities (such as the human capacity to acquire natural language systems). Requirements include regular, short written assignments, a midterm, and a final.

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LING 319. Discourse in the Academic Disciplines.

Section 001 Meets with Honors 250.001.

Instructor(s): John Malcolm Swales (jmswales@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Ling. 210 recommended. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In this course, we will explore many aspects of written and spoken academic discourse, including "going behind the scenes" to see how experts write and read research and scholarly genres. In so doing, we will be using various methodologies such as discourse analysis, quantitative studies of grammatical structures and lexical items, observations, and corpus linguistics. This is a course that involves us in primary research and our combined investigations should help us answer better such questions as:

  1. Is academic speech more like casual conversation or academic prose?;
  2. Is the role of English as the increasingly dominant global academic language a positive or negative development?
  3. What kinds of lecturing styles are there and how can we characterize them?
  4. How does written academic discourse vary according to audience, discipline, national tradition, etc?
  5. What can we learn from academic humor and parody?
  6. What are the rhetorical characteristics of undergraduate textbooks, course descriptions, etc?

As a result of these investigations, participants will be able to raise their own awareness of academic writing and speaking, and hence improve their own performances in these areas.

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LING 345. Languages and Peoples of Eastern Europe, Russia and the Caucasus.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Vitalij V Shevoroshkin (vvs@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Ling. 210 recommended. (3). (Excl).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This class is a brief acquaintance with 150 languages and peoples of Eastern Europe, Russia, and Caucasus "a mountain of languages". Topics will include:

  • Spread of the Russian language in Siberia, Caucasus, and Central Asia, as compared with the expansion of English in America
  • Russification policy in the former Soviet Union
  • Languages of Eastern Europe and Russia under dictatorship
  • Language as a weapon: forbidden books, songs, and anecdotes as a tool which ultimately brought down the Communist system in Eastern Europe and Russia
  • Cultural differences between peoples speaking different languages
  • National character as seen through the language: differences in the meaning of the words FREEDOM, FRIENDSHIP, EMOTION in Russian and in English
  • Russian and East European languages today: a massive borrowing from American English
  • Recent achievements in language study in Russia and Eastern Europe.

Specialists in the area as well as singers of native songs will be invited. Several video films will be shown. Students will be evaluated by their discussion in class, as well as by their written homework.

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LING 385. Experiential Practice.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Deborah Keller-Cohen (dkc@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.

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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.

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LING 447/Psych. 445. Psychology of Language.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Stefan A Frisch (sfrisch@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Psych. 340. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~sfrisch/L447_W01.html

This course examines the cognitive processes involved in language use, and the methodology for studying it. The course focuses primarily on adult language processing, but some aspects of language acquisition and research on infants are covered. Issues covered in lecture and in-class experiments include speech perception and sentence parsing, speech production and speech errors, accessing the mental dictionary, processing ambiguity, asphasia and neuroimaging, and neural network simulations. Performance is evaluated based on class participation, exams, and an article review.

Text (available from Michigan Book Supply): Altmann, Gerry T. M. (1997). The ascent of Babel: An exploration of language, mind, and understanding. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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LING 473/Anthro. 473. Ethnopoetics: Cross-Cultural Approaches to Verbal Art.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Bruce Mannheim (mannheim@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Two courses in anthropology, linguistics, or literature. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Cultural Anthropology 473.001.

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LING 492. Topics in Linguistics.

Section 002 Language Contact. Meets with Linguistics 792.002

Instructor(s): Sarah G Thomason (thomason@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Language contact is a fact of life for most of the world's people: throughout the world, monolingualism is the exception rather than the norm. This class will survey social and linguistic aspects of language contact, with special emphasis on the linguistic results of different kinds of contact situations. We will cover the following topics: the social settings of language contacts; some social and linguistic predictors of contact-induced language change; mechanisms of contact-induced change; how to identify contact-induced changes retrospectively; linguistic areas; the origins and structures of pidgins, creoles, and bilingual mixed languages; and the various routes to language death. A single theme runs through the entire course: although robust generalizations can be drawn about many aspects of language contact, contact-induced change like other aspects of language history is essentially unpredictable.

The class will be run as a seminar: mainly discussion, with a few lectures for orientation. The requirements will be (1) two or three short papers that will eventually be incorporated into (2) a single final term paper; and (3) active participation in class discussions.

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LING 492. Topics in Linguistics.

Section 003 Corpus Linguistics. Meets with Linguistics 792.003

Instructor(s): Rita Carol Simpson

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/winter/ling/492/003.nsf

Computerized corpora of many languages have proliferated in recent years, providing linguists and language teachers access to large quantities of written and spoken data. Corpus linguistics is a method for analyzing and exploiting such data using computer tools. This course will be a general introduction to corpus linguistics for students with an interest in empirical investigations of language and in the use of computers for linguistic analysis. The course will include a fair amount of hands-on work to familiarize students with different corpora and text analysis programs. Major themes of the course will be building corpora (of both written and spoken language), corpus-based descriptions of English, techniques and tools used in corpus analysis, and applications of corpus-based research.

Projects and discussion of potential applications will depend in part on students interests, and may include: using corpora for language teaching, corpus annotation for sociolinguistic or discourse analysis research, corpus-based studies of syntax, uses of corpora in historical linguistics, language acquisition, natural language processing, or translation studies. Throughout the class we will consider the questions of what linguistic phenomena computers are best suited for, and how we can best use computer tools to enhance our analytical skills.

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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.

An independent senior Honors reading course for undergraduates.

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LING 496. Senior Honors Reading Course.

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

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

An independent senior Honors reading course for undergraduates.

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LING 513. Phonology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): San Duanmu (duanmu@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Ling. 313. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Phonology studies the sound system of human languages. This course introduces the basic elements in phonology. Topics include distinctive features, phonological rules, prosodic structure (syllable, stress, tone, intonation), multi-tiered phonology, feature geometry, underspecification, and Optimality Theory. Both theory and problem-solving ability will be emphasized. Besides readings for class, weekly exercises constitute an important part of the course. In addition, there is a final project on a selected topic. Prerequisite: Linguistics 313 or 512, or permission of the instructor.

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LING 514(414). Semantics and Pragmatics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jason Stanley (jasoncs@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Linguistics 314. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This is a graduate level introduction to Semantic Theory. The main task of semantic theory is to give an account of how what is expressed by a sentence is derived from the syntactic structure of the sentence and the meanings of its constituent parts. The working hypothesis of most semanticists is that the best way to model what is expressed by a sentence relative to an occasion is by the conditions under it is true. Our purpose in this class will be to construct a theory that assigns truth-conditions to an ever expanding fragment of natural language that correctly reflect the truth-conditional intuitions of native speakers. We will begin with a relatively simple language involving just names and one-place predicates, and will add, as the academic term proceeds, sentential connectives, relational expressions, quantifier phrases, relative clauses, and adverbs.

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LING 540/AAPTIS 540. Structure of Persian and Iranian Linguistics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Gernot L Windfuhr (windfuhr@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Taught in English. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Arabic, Armenian, Persian, Turkish, and Islamic Studies 540.001.

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