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Linguistics (LING)

College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature

LING 100 Language in Hawai‘i and the Pacific (3) An introduction to the study of language and language-related issues, with a focus on Hawai‘i and the Pacific. A-F only. DS

LING 102 Introduction to the Study of Language (3) Nature and workings of language; its role in culture and history. DH

LING 103 Language and Symbolic Reasoning (3) An introduction to language as a formal symbolic system and to the techniques of analysis and reasoning that reveal its workings. A-F only.

LING 120 Language as a Window to the Mind (3) Introduction to language-related phenomena, which gives insight into the organization of the human mind. Combines lecture, discussion and group projects.

LING 170 The Language of Children (3) Survey of findings about the child’s acquisition of language. DS

LING 320 General Linguistics (3) Approaches, concepts, component areas of linguistics; its development as a science. DS

LING 331 Computer Applications (3) Background; uses for machine translation, dictionary programs, speech synthesis, grammar modeling, etc. Pre: 320 (or concurrent) or consent.

LING 344 Languages of the World (3) Survey of major language families; typological classification and language universals; writing systems, “contact” languages. Variety of grammatical structures illustrated by selected languages. Pre: 320 or consent. DS

LING 345 The Polynesian Language Family (3) Introduction to the language family of Hawaiian, Samoan, Maori, Tahitian, Tongan, etc. Theories of migration and settlement. Influence of present-day languages upon sound system, grammar, and vocabulary of proto-Polynesian. Pre: 102 and some familiarity with a Polynesian language, or consent. DS

LING 346 The Philippine Language Family (3) Introduction; phonological and grammatical systems; historical developments; emphasis on Filipino, Cebuano, and Ilokano. Pre: 102 and a Philippine language or enrollment in Ilokano or Filipino, or consent. DH

LING 347 Pidgin and Creole Languages (3) Nature, history, structure, geographical distribution. Pre: 102 or consent. DS

LING 410 Articulatory Phonetics (3) Intensive training in recognition, reproduction, and recording of human speech sounds; preparation for fieldwork with unrecorded languages and for clinical work in speech pathology. DH

LING 412 Psycholinguistics (3) The mental processes involved in producing, understanding, and acquiring language. Students will conduct a small psycholinguistic experiment. Open to nonmajors. Pre: one of 102, 320, PSY 100, or SPA 300; or consent. DS

LING 414 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (3) Ethnographic study of speech and language. Pre: consent. (Cross-listed as ANTH 414) DS

LING 415 Language and Gender (3) The role of language in the construction of gender and in the maintenance of the gender order. Field projects explore hypotheses about the interaction of language and gender. No previous knowledge of linguistics required. A-F only. (Cross-listed as ANTH 413) DS

LING 416 Language as a Public Concern (3) How does language serve as a proxy for larger social questions? This course focuses on four main themes: language revitalization, discrimination on the basis of accent, gender miscommunication and the English Only Movement. A-F only. Pre: 102, 320 or consent. DS

LING 420 Morphology (3) Theory of word structure; analysis of a variety of morphological types. Pre: 320 (or concurrent) or consent. DH

LING 421 Introduction to Phonological Analysis (3) Phonological analysis and theory. Pre: 410. DH

LING 422 Introduction to Grammatical Analysis (3) Syntactic analysis and grammatical theory. Pre: 320 or consent. DH

LING 423 Cognitive Linguistics (3) Conceptual systems and language from a cognitive science perspective. Linguistic evidence on conceptual structure, reasoning, categorization, and understanding. Open to nonmajors. Pre: 102, 320, PSY 100, or ICS 111; or consent.

LING 430 Animal Communication (3) Investigates animal communication from the perspective of modern linguistics. Dispels common misconceptions about “talking animals” and shows how the cognitive, biological, and environmental needs and opportunities of animals determine what and how they communicate. A-F only. Pre: 102 or consent. DS

LING 431 Computational Modeling (3) Hands-on introduction to modeling language. Focuses on connectionism, relations between language perception, and motor control. Requires no programming experience. Open to nonmajors. Pre: 102, 320, PSY 100, or ICS 111; or consent.

LING 440 Semantics (3) Linguistic semantics, including lexical and logical semantics, and an introduction to speech acts. Pre: 320 or consent. DH

LING 441 Meaning (3) Theories of how literal and figurative language encode meaning and processes of meaning encoding and decoding. Open to nonmajors. Pre: 102, 320, PSY 100, or ICS 111; or consent.

LING 451 Induction of Linguistic Structure (3) Phonological and grammatical structures of a previously uncodified language are determined by linguistic analysis of data obtained from speakers of the language. Pre: 102 or 320 or consent. DH

LING 470 Children’s Speech (3) Individual strategies, baby talk, language socialization, language variation including multilingualism. Relation of cognitive to language development. Pre: 320. DS

LING 499 Directed Research (V) Repeatable up to 3 credit hours. CR/NC only. Pre: one 400-level linguistic course and consent.

LING 500 Master’s Plan B/C Studies (1) Enrollment for degree completion. Pre: master’s Plan B or C candidate and consent.

LING 611 Acoustic Phonetics (3) Principles of acoustics and audition as they relate to speech sounds, use of computer-based analysis tools to investigate acoustic properties of speech. A-F only. Pre: 410 or consent.

LING 615 The Nature of Language (3) Language as a communication system, current theories of grammar, meaning, sociolinguistics, linguistic change and comparison.

LING 616 Biological Foundations of Language (3) Human anatomy and neurology in relation to language and linguistic theory. Pre: consent.

LING 621 Phonology (3) Phonological theory and problems of analysis. Pre: 421 or consent. Fall only.

LING 622 Grammar (3) Grammatical theory and problems of analysis. Pre: 422 or consent.

LING 623 Semantics and Pragmatics (3) Ways in which the interpretation of sentences in natural language depends upon the literal meaning of propositions and their logical (semantic) and conversational (pragmatic) inferences. Pre: 422 or consent.

LING 624 Discourse Grammar (3) Phonological, grammatical, semantic, and pragmatic dimensions of spoken and written discourse, placing the level of sentence grammar in context. Pre: 622 (or concurrent) or consent.

LING 625 Mathematical Properties of Natural Languages (3) Construction of logical and other mathematical systems that mirror properties of natural languages. Pre: 622 or background in formal logic or consent.

LING 630 Field Methods (3) Work with native speakers of lesser-known languages to develop techniques for data collection and analysis. Repeatable. Pre: 421 and 422 and one of 621 or 622; or consent.

LING 631 Language Data Processing (3) Preparation of language data for computer processing; use ready-made programs; write simple language processing programs using SNOBOL4. Applications to student’s research. Pre: 421 and 422; or consent.

LING 632 Laboratory Research (3) Laboratory methods for research in linguistics. Introduction to hardware, software, research designs and basic analysis techniques commonly used in laboratory-based research. Combines lecture, laboratory work and discussion. Repeatable two times. Pre: graduate standing.

LING 635 Language Variation (3) Review of various approaches to class, style, regional, and other variation; including sociolinguistics, dialectology, and studies of language contact, diglossia, pidgins, and creoles. Pre: 421 and 422; or consent.

LING 640 (Alpha) Topics in Linguistics (3) History of the discipline, schools of linguistic thought, current issues, etc. Repeatable. (E) English linguistics; (F) phonology and phonetics; (G) general; (H) history of the discipline; (S) sociolinguistics; (T) theory; (X) syntax; (Y) psycholinguistics. Pre: consent.

LING 645 The Comparative Method (3) Introduction to historical-comparative linguistics; attention to both Indo-European and languages with few or no written records. Pre: 421 and 422, or consent.

LING 646 The Comparative Method (3) Continuation of 645. Pre: 645.

LING 650 Advanced Linguistic Analysis (3) Advanced problems; discussion of theory and techniques in morphology and syntax. Repeatable. Pre: 622 or consent.

LING 651 Advanced Linguistic Analysis (3) Advanced problems; discussion of theory and techniques in phonology. Repeatable. Pre: 621 or consent.

LING 661 Proto-Austronesian (3) Introduction to Austronesian comparative linguistics; Dempwolff’s reconstruction and subsequent modifications; problems of subgrouping. Pre: 645 or consent.

LING 670 Developmental Linguistics (3) Survey of the literature in language acquisition; emphasis on relation to linguistic theory. Pre: 421 and 422; or consent.

LING 699 Directed Research (V) CR/NC only. Repeatable. Maximum 6 credit hours. Pre: graduate standing and consent.

LING 700 Thesis Research (V) Repeatable up to 12 credit hours.

LING 730 Advanced Laboratory Research (3) Advanced laboratory methods for research in linguistics. Specialized and/or advanced uses of hardware, software, research designs and analysis techniques. Specific topic varies: check with department. Combines lecture, laboratory work and discussion. Repeatable two times. Pre: 632 or consent.

LING 750 (Alpha) Seminar (3) Reporting and discussion of current research in linguistics. Repeatable. (C) language data processing; (E) ethnolinguistics; (F) phonology and phonetics; (G) general; (M) semantics; (Q) language acquisition; (R) written language; (S) sociolinguistics; (T) theory; (X) syntax; (Y) psycholinguistics. Pre: consent.

LING 760 Problems in Comparison and Prehistory (3) Reconstruction, classification, divergence measures, dialect geography, other historical-comparative studies. Repeatable. Pre: 645 or consent.

LING 770 Areal Linguistics (3) Structures of languages of various areas of the world; diffusion. Repeatable. Pre: consent.

LING 799 Apprenticeship in Teaching Linguistics (V) An experience-based introduction to college-level teaching; doctoral students serve as student teachers to professors; responsibilities include supervised teaching and participation in planning and evaluation. Repeatable. Pre: admission to doctoral program and consent.

LING 800 Dissertation Research (V)