Linguistic Courses I Want to Take

Looking at courses right now. Here are the ones I’m interested in.


As far as introductory classes go, I can probably apply what I took at my other school to this one. But if not, one of the two below would be what I would take. Though I want to take both.

  • LING 400 – Survey of Linguistic Method and Theory – 5 cr.
  • JAPAN 440 – Introduction to Japanese Linguistics – 5 cr.

I need one 4XX classes and 20 credits of electives. These all sound very interesting to me.

  • LING 372 Language and Translation (5) VLPA Tarlinskaja
    Role of linguistic concepts in the process of translation from one language to another. Attention to both language universals and language particulars.
  • LING 401 The Linguistic, Philosophical, and Political Thought of Noam Chomsky (3) VLPA/I&S
    Relation of current work in Chomskyan linguistics to philosophical, psychological, political, and educational thought. Prerequisite: LING 200 or LING 400.
  • LING 402 Survey of the History of Linguistics (3) VLPA/I&S
    Main trends in linguistic theory and philosophy of linguistics from ancient times through advent of transformational-generative grammar. Includes nineteenth-century comparative and historical grammar, Prague school grammar, American structuralist grammar, major concerns of linguistics today. Prerequisite: LING 451. Instructors: Zagona
  • LING 407 Languages of the World (5) VLPA
    A survey of the world’s languages, focusing on their syntactic, phonological, and morphological properties. Prerequisite: either LING 200, LING 201, ANTH/LING 203, or LING 400
  • LING 412 Japanese Syntax and Semantics (5) VLPA T. OGIHARA
    Introduces issues in Japanese syntax and semantics. Emphasizes description generalizations, rather than theoretical proposals. Prerequisite: either LING 200 or LING 400; recommended: LING 461; at least two years of coursework in Japanese. Offered: jointly with JAPAN 442.
  • LING 441 Language Processing and Development 1 (5) I&S/NW A. OMAKI
    This course explores current research on language processing and development in adult native speakers and children, with a focus on sound and word-level representations. Topics include speech perception, word recognition, acquisition of phonology and word meanings, as well as a variety of methodologies that are used to study these mechanisms. Prerequisite: LING 200 or LING 400. Offered: A.
  • LING 476 Philosophy of Language (5) VLPA/I&S
    Current theories of meaning, reference, predication, and related concepts. Offered: jointly with PHIL 453


These are classes in other departments I could use as an elective. Can’t I just take them all?

  • JAPAN 441 The Acquisition of Japanese as a Second or Foreign Language
  • ENGL 369 Research Methods in Language and Rhetoric
  • ENGL 373 History of the English Language
  • ENGL 575 Pedagogy and Grammar in Teaching ESL
  • PSYCH 447 Psychology of Language
  • SPHSC 425 Speech, Language, and the Brain


I’m pretty sure if I won the lottery, I would survey every class there is. Ever. Eternal student.

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