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The Department of Linguistics offers both technical courses in formal linguistics (200+ level) and courses that do not require technical background in linguistics and address issues in human society from a linguist's perspective (100 level).

The 200+ level courses are the courses of the major and minor, and require LING 110: Intro to Linguistic Analysis, which is the gateway course into the major.

The 100 level courses are aimed a general non-technical audience interested in contemporary issues with a perspective on language and society that is informed by the insights contemporary linguistic analysis brings to our understanding of human language communities.

Courses currently being offered:

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Check the course schedules/descriptions available via the Registrar's Office for the official schedules for the widest range of terms for which such information is available.

Featured Courses

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Fall 2020 Featured Course

LING 204/404
History of Linguistic Thought

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Instructor: Professor Ash Asudeh
Day, time: Mondays/Wednesdays, 3:25-4:40 p.m.

This course delves into core linguistic ideas throughout history, examining how different cultures and periods have regarded language.

Fall 2020 Featured Course

LING 270/470
Preserving diversity in language and culture

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Instructor: Professor Nadine Grimm
Day, time: Tuesdays/Thursdays, 12:30-1:45 p.m.

Are you interested in fieldwork, research with communities, and methodology in fieldwork data collection and management? LING 270/470 may be just the class you're looking for! This interdisciplinary class is designed for any student in the humanities and social sciences with an interest in spoken language data and how to make it useful outside of their own discipline.