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LING 4940/6940

Special Topics in Linguistics
Credit Hours:
3-9 hours. Repeatable for a maximum of 9 hours.

First Language Acquisition

This course will be offered during the Spring 2024 semester

Despite the apparent complexity of human language, children generally master one (or more) within the first few years of life. How do they accomplish this, and what does this tell us about language structure, humans’ capacity to learn, and our innate faculties? This course will explore first language acquisition from a critical generative perspective. We will examine experimental methods for discovering children’s knowledge of language and theoretical models of how children learn sounds, words, and syntactic structure from their input. Topics will include acquisition of phonology, lexicon, syntax, and semantics, and the developing parser.  

CRN 64585/64586   MWF 9:10-10:00


Forensic Linguistics

This course will be offered during the Summer 2024 semester.

This course will only be offered at the Undergraduate level.

Forensic linguistics is fundamentally how the science of language interfaces with the law. The term forensic linguistics has meant many things from consulting the courts on interpretation of statutory laws to the analysis of evidence to capture serial killers. This course serves as a survey of the field and will introduce students into the world of the forensic linguist as a scientist, an analyst, and an expert witness. Students will get hands-on experience analyzing acoustic and textual data from past cases and providing expert witness testimony. 

 Goals and objects: Introduce students to the field of forensic linguistics and give a broad survey of linguistic techniques with a focus on practical application with a case study approach.

CRN 70647   MTWRF 12:00-2:00


Psycholinguistics II

This course is being offered during the Fall 2024 semester.

An introduction to advanced topics in theoretical psycholinguistics, with special refernce to its interface with cognitive neuroscience and theoretical linguistics. Topics include phonological representation, issues in grammatical knowledge and syntactic comprehension, the basic design of the 'language network' int he brain, and predictive models of language comprehension.


LING 4105 or LING 3350 or ARTI(LING)(PSYC)(PHIL) 3550 or ARTI(LING)(PSYC)(PHIL) 3550E or ARTI(LING)(PSYC)(PHIL) 3550H or PSYCH 4100 or PSYCH 4140

NOTES: A new course number for this class (LING 4106) is currently pending. If approved in time, this dedicated course number will be substituted for LING 4940. For Fall 2024, this course can be used to satisfy either the Area I requirement for the Linguistics major.

CRN 59435       MWF 10:20-11:10                  

LING 3060 or LING 3150 or LING 3150W or LING 3250
Semester Offered:

Instructors of this Course

Assistant Professor

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