Linguistics Outside the Classroom

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Departmental Course Descriptions

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1100 The Basics of Language for Language Learners
GE social science individuals and groups; diversity global studies course

The goal of the course is to provide students with important tools to help them become successful language learners. Students will become familiar with basic elements of language such as parts of speech and the pronunciation of new sounds as a means of enabling them to anticipate and effectively deal with problems in pronunciation, vocabulary building and sentence formation that often come up in foreign language study. Students will also learn how languages differ in terms of, for example, swearing, politeness and body language. They will also learn about different language teaching and learning styles, typical mistakes language learners make, and strategies for making language learning more effective. This information will be presented in the context of the wide variety of languages taught at OSU, thus allowing students to become familiar with some of the more than 30 languages taught on campus.

2000/H2000 Introduction to Linguistics (including some online sections)
GE cultures and ideas course

This course examines language as a system of human communication. It also provides students with the tools needed for the recording, investigation, and close analysis of language. The course consists of a general survey of language and linguistics. A number of topics relating to man's knowledge and use of language are systematically investigated. Examples are drawn primarily from the English language, although other languages are used to illustrate certain concepts. Nevertheless, the focus of the course is not on any specific language or languages; rather, it is on properties common to all lan¬guages and on ways in which languages may differ.

2000_syllabus_sp16.pdf / 2000H_syllabus_sp16.pdf

2001 Language and Formal Reasoning (including some online sections)

Prereq: Math 1075 or equiv, or Math placement level R.
GE quantitative reasoning math and logical analysis course.

The goal of this course is to lead students to think analytically about syntax, meaning, and reasoning in terms abstract enough to encompass both natural languages (like English) and artificial formal languages (in this case, first-order logic) to see underlying structural similarities and to understand some fundamental differences as well. This goal is accomplished by (1) introducing students to two kinds of formal systems, first-order logic and formal phrase-structure grammars, (2) using these systems to analyze syntax and reasoning, in symbolic form and in English, and (3) examining differences between artificial and natural language in principles of cooperative communication.


2051/H2051 Analyzing the Sounds of Language
GE data analysis course.

In this course, we will introduce pertinent ideas and results from research in the various disciplines that have contributed to our understanding of the sounds of language. We will introduce some of the quantitative analytical tools that are used in the phonetic sciences, and do several experiments in class, to give a flavor of the diverse research methods that speech scientists have developed to try to determine how speech is produced and perceived by humans.


H2052 Theories of Linguistics: The Scientific Method for Abstractions and Unobservables
GE quantitative reasoning math and logical analysis course. 

This course provides a strong grounding in fundamental principles of scientific reasoning illustrated through concrete examples across the Natural and Social sciences with emphasis on Psychology and Linguistics. This course is suitable for students from all backgrounds including non-science majors. Students will gain understanding of what it means to "do science."


2367.01 H2367.01 Language, Sex, and Gender in American Culture
GE writing and comm: level 2; diversity social diversity in the US course.

This course examines how culturally enshrined ideas about gender affect language and the use of language and how linguistic conventions for the expression of gender differences reinforce these ideas. The course deals with structure and usage patterns in language as exhibited by men and women. This inquiry focuses on the following question: How do the members of each sex use language differently? How does language treat the sexes differently? How do such differences affect our perceptions, attitudes and behavior in everyday life? The learning of sex-typed languages by children and cross-cultural aspects of these questions are considered.


2367.02 Language and Advertising (including some online sections)
GE writing and comm course: level 2.

The goals of this course are three-fold: first, to examine the ways in which language and linguistic knowledge are used by advertisers in the United States; second, to help the student develop effective presentation skills, both written and oral; and third, to develop the student's ability to critically evaluate and effectively use information. The entire course will revolve around American advertising and related topics, such as political campaign materials. The impact of advertising on American culture, the influence of the U.S. (and, in particular, English) on international advertising, and how various populations are represented in ads will also be addressed.


3501 Introduction to American Indigenous Languages
GE social science individuals and groups; diversity global studies course.

This course is an introduction to indigenous languages of the Americas and their speakers: e.g. history of settlement, language families, linguistic properties, bilingual education, language policies and attitudes.

3502 ConLangs: The Linguistics of Constructed languages

Constructed languages like Klingon, Elvish, and Dothraki may seem like the province of ComiCon goers, but they have a long and varied intellectual history. Constructed languages required a deep understanding of both the mechanics of language and how languages relate to the cultures that they come from. This course examines the linguistic complexity of constructed languages. 

3601 Language, Race, and Ethnicity in the U.S.
GE cultures and ideas; diversity social diversity in the US course.

This course examines the relationship between language and social constructs such as race and ethnicity, with particular emphasis on race relations in the United States. It is concerned with the ways in which language serves as a basis for inter-ethnic conflict, discrimination and lack of social opportunity. The main focus of the course will be the varieties of English used by members of minority ethnic and racial groups in the United States, and the general relationship between their languages and their place in American society.


3602/H3602 Language and Social Identity in the US
GE social science individuals and groups & GE Social diversity in the US course.

This course examines the relationships between language and social diversity in the general American speech community. Its aim is to shed light on how individuals and social groups distinguish themselves on the basis of their choice of language, and their sharing (or not) of common norms of social evaluation and interpretation. In particular, it will investigate the relationship between language and such social parameters as social status, ethnicity, race, gender, etc. Finally, it will consider the role of language differences in the creation of social stereotypes, and their implications for social advantage or disadvantage.


3603 Language across Cultures
GE social science individuals and groups & GE Global studies.

This course examines the relationships between language and culture in different societies with a view to shedding light on cross-cultural similarities and differences. Topics include: (1) how language differences among members of a society reflect social differences among them, (2) the role language plays in social behavior, (3) the ways in which language reflects social organization and individual social relationships, (4) the relationship between language and such aspects of culture as kinship relations, folk classifications of nature, and interpretation of the world, and (5) the relationship between language structure and perceptual and cognitive categories.


3604 Conducting Sociolinguistic Research: Language and Identity @ OSU

This course trains students in hands-on methods of sociolinguistic and dialectology research, including study design, data collection, ethics issues and data analysis. During the course, students will participate as fieldworkers in an ongoing research project examining the relationships between language and identity among OSU students. As a class, we will collect sociolinguistic data from other OSU students and analyze it for insights into how being at OSU changes one's speech patterns, through exposure to other language varieties and/or through changes to one's identity. The data collected will be added to a corpus of OSU student speech.

3701/H3701 Language and the Mind
GE social science individuals and groups course. Cross-listed in Psych 3371.

The course is an introduction to the psychological processes by which humans produce and understand sentences in conversation, the means by which these processes arise in the child, and their bases in the brain. It deals with the following topics (among others): (1) Speech Perception, the process of detecting distinct 'sounds' in speech sig¬nals; (2) Lexical Access, the process of 'looking up' words in a mental dictionary; (3) Syntactic Parsing, the process of discovering the structure of sentences; (4) Semantic Inter¬pretation, the process of using syntactic structures, word meaning and general world knowledge to interpret what we hear; (5) Language Acquisition, the process by which a child becomes able to produce and understand sentences of his or her native language(s), (f) Neurolinguistics, the study of the way language functions are implemented in the brain.

3701_syllabus_sp16.pdf / 3701H_syllabus_au15.pdf

3801 Code Making and Code Breaking

This course has two main aims. It introduces old and new technologies for code making and code breaking, and it shows how good and bad choices in how codes are used can affect whether they succeed or fail. Students will learn what codes are, how they work and how they are used. The topics discussed will include code breaking, digital signatures, quantum cryptography and the decipherment of ancient languages.


3802/H3802 Language and Computers
Not open to students with Fresh standing
GE quantitative reasoning math and logical analysis course.

What makes Siri tick? How does Google Translate make sense of 100+ languages? In this course, you will be given insight into the fundamentals of how computers are used to represent, process and organize textual and spoken information, discussing both how language technology works and why it often doesn’t. We will also consider social and ethical considerations such as privacy, job creation and loss due to language technologies, and the nature of consciousness and machine intelligence.


3901 Language Evolution and Language Change
GE cultures and ideas course.

In this course we survey different kinds of language evolution and change, their causes and the methods linguists use to analyze language change and to model the relationships between and among dialects and languages. Special emphasis is put on the role of linguistic variation and of external influences (e.g. social context, writing systems, contact with other speakers, contact with other cultures, self- and group-imposed ideologies and attitudes, etc.) in the historical development of languages and in bringing about linguistic differentiation and diversity. Counteracting forces of convergence through contact and of standardization are examined as well.


4100 Phonetics

Cross-linguistic survey of the sounds of the world's languages.

4200 Syntax

Basic elements of syntactic description and an overview of syntactic structure across languages.


4300 Phonology

Introduction to phonological analysis and description, and an overview of phonological structure across languages.


4400 Linguistic Meaning

Introduction to linguistic meaning across languages, including word meaning, the contribution of syntactic structure, and the role of context in interpretation.


4601 Language and the Black Experience

Cross-listed in English.Examination of the structure, history and use of English varieties by African-Americans. Relationships between language and social life in the African-American community. Implications of language differences for social and educational opportunity.

4350 Morphology

The grammatical and phonological analysis of words, and their significance in linguistic structure.


4550 Introduction to Linguistics Field Methods

Introduction to techniques for studying the grammar of an unknown language, working with a native speaker. Permission is needed to repeat the course.

4780 Undergraduate Research Seminar

Linguistics students learn about cutting-edge research by OSU linguists and get hands-on experience conducting their own linguistic research.

5001 - Formal Foundations of Linguistics

Applying tools from set theory, symbolic logic, model theory, algebra and formal grammar in the foundations of formal linguistic theories and in linguistic analysis.

5002 - Algebraic Linguistics

Formal properties of grammar and automata; relations between linear, context-free and context-sensitive grammars and finite, pushdown-storage and linear-bounded automata; properties of transformational grammars.

5051 - Quantitative Methods

Quantitative methods in the sub-disciplines of Linguistics, including data analysis, interpretation and display of data, inferential statistics, and statistical modeling.

5101 - Phonetics: Phonetic Theory

Principles of articulatory phonetics, with some discussion of acoustic phonetics; practice in the production, recognition, and transcription of sounds in various languages of the world.

5102 - Laboratory Phonology

Introduction to laboratory methods and quantitative models of speech for linguistics.

5201 - Syntactic Theory 

Theories of syntax; principles of syntactic description.

5202 - Syntactic Theory II

Theories of syntax; principles of syntactic description.

5203 - Syntactic Theory III

Theories of syntax; principles of syntactic description.

5301 - Phonological Theory I

Introduction to phonological analysis and the principles governing the structure, acquisition, and change of phonological systems; survey of major phonological theories.

5302 - Topics in Advanced Phonology

Introduction to phonological analysis and the principles governing the structure, acquisition, and change of phonological systems; survey of major phonological theories.

5351 - Morphological Theory

Introduction to and comparison of current theories of morphology with application to linguistic data and problems.

5401 - Semantic Theory I

Problems and methods in linguistic semantics, using logic and semantic model theory as analytic tools; reference, compositionality, presupposition, conversational implicature, speech acts, deixis.

5402 - Semantic Theory II

Montague semantics and more recent semantic theories; analysis of important problems, such as generalized quantifiers, lattice-based accounts of plurals and events, discourse representation theory.

5451 - Formal Pragmatics

Introduction to contemporary theories of pragmatic phenomena which build on theories of dynamic interpretation in formal semantics.

5500 - Language Description

Informant techniques and (if available) textbooks and published linguistic analyses are employed in analyzing and describing a language.

5501 - An Introduction to African-American English

Introduction to the structure and history of the varieties of English used by African-Americans and the relationship between language use and socio-cultural context.

5551 - Field Methods I

Methodology for determining the phonological system of a previously unknown language through the use of a native informant.

5552 - Field Methods II

Methodology for determining the morphological and syntactic system of a previously unknown language through the use of a native informant.

5601 - Introduction to Sociolinguistics

Survey of approaches to the study of language in its social context: sociology of language, ethnography of speaking, discourse analysis, quantitative sociolinguistics.

5602 - Introduction to Quantitative Sociolinguistics

Exploration of language in its social context through the methods of quantitative analysis of linguistic variation, including the Labovian and implicational models.

5603 - Sociolinguistic Field Methods

Research methods for sociolinguistic fieldwork including interviewing, observation, survey design and experimental work. Focus on methodology, planning and implementation.

5612 - Introduction to Cognitive Science

Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary study of the nature of human thought; psychological, philosophical, linguistic, and artificial intelligence approaches to knowledge representation. Cross-listed in CSE, Philosophy and Psychology.

5651 - Languages in Contact

Study of the effects of language contact on the structure of the involved languages, and of the characteristics of the individuals and communities involved in language contact.

5701 - Psycholinguistics I

An introduction to high-level language processing, word recognition, sentence understanding, and discourse processing.

LING 5702 - Cognitive Models of Language

Models of human language processing and language parsing and interpretation; probabilistic models, issues in experimentation, and model implementation.

5801 - Computational Linguistics I

Symbolic computation applied to the structure of words and sentences, models of morphology and syntax, parsing algorithms.

5802 - Computational Linguistics II

Computational models of semantic interpretation, and the role of pragmatic knowledge in sentence processing; implementation of current grammatical theories.

5803 - Computational Semantics

Methods for construction semantic representations for fragments of natural language and performing inference with such representations.

5891 - Proseminar in Cognitive Science

An in-depth examination of the interdisciplinary field of cognitive science; emphasizes fundamental issues of each discipline, provides illustrations of representative research being conducted at OSU. Cross-listed in CSE, ISE, Philosophy, and Psychology.

5901 - Introduction to Historical Linguistics

Introduction to the methods and principles of historical linguistics.

5906 - Topics in Indo-Iranian Linguistics

Possible topics include advanced classical Sanskrit, the history of Sanskrit, Indo-Iranian or Indo-Aryan linguistics, or studies in the ancient Indian grammarians.

6000 - Teaching Introductory Linguistics

Designed to train instructors in the techniques and materials used to teach introductory linguistics courses.

6001 - Proseminar in Lingiuistics

Introduction to the problems, methods, and tools of linguistic research. Recommended for all candidates for grad degrees.

6193 - Individual Studies

1 - 12 credits
Individual Studies.

6194 - Group Studies

1 - 3 credits
Study of topics not regularly scheduled for seminars in linguistics, under the direction of a faculty member.

7890.01 - Seminar Discussion Groups: TA Workshop

1 - 3 credits
A selected group study, with emphasis on individual writing and presentation.

7890.02 - Seminar Discussion Groups: Syntax (Synners)

1 - 3 credits
A selected group study, with emphasis on individual writing and presentation.

7890.03 - Seminar Discussion Groups: Phonetics/Phonology (Phonies)

1 - 3 credits
A selected group study, with emphasis on individual writing and presentation.

7890.04 - Seminar Discussion Groups: Pragmatics

1 - 3 credits
A selected group study, with emphasis on individual writing and presentation.

7890.05 - Seminar Discussion Groups: Language Acquisition Research Group (Lacqueys)

1 - 3 credits
A selected group study, with emphasis on individual writing and presentation.

7890.06 - Seminar Discussion Groups: Sociolinguistics/Historical Linguistics (Changelings)

1 - 3 credits
A selected group study, with emphasis on individual writing and presentation.

7890.07 - Seminar Discussion Groups: Psycholinguistics

1 - 3 credits
A selected group study, with emphasis on individual writing and presentation.

7890.08 - Seminar Discussion Groups: Computational Linguistics (Clippers)

1 - 3 credits
A selected group study, with emphasis on individual writing and presentation.

7890.09 - Seminar-Discussion Group on LLIC (Language, Logic, Information, and Computation)

1 - 3 credits
This discussion group introduces, discusses and reviews the technical details of formal methods in linguistics.

7890.10 - Seminar Discussion Groups: Topics in Linguistics

1 - 3 credits
A selected group study, with emphasis on individual writing and presentation.

7890.11 - Sociolingustic Meaning Discussion Group (So Mean)

1 - 3 credits
Cross-disciplinary discussion group on sociolinguistic meaning. Readings and research drawn from sociolinguistics, anthropology, psycholinguistics, phonetics and social cognition, among others.

7901 - Historical Linguistics: Phonology

An introduction to the methods, conventions, and literature of comparative-historical linguistics with primary attention to the comparison and reconstruction of Indo-European phonological systems. 

7902 - Historical Linguistics: Morphology

Advanced work in the comparison and reconstruction of morphological and syntactic systems, primarily Indo-European; detailed examination of some of the results of past and current scholarship.

7903 - Topics in Indo-European

Study of various Indo-European languages and language families and exploration in depth of specific problems in Indo-European grammar.

8100 - Seminar in Phonetics

Study of specific problems in articulatory and acoustic phonetics at an advanced level.

8193 - Individual Studies

1 - 9 credits
Assigned reading and individual research. 

8200 - Seminar in Syntax

Advanced topics in syntactic analysis.

8300 - Seminar in Phonology

Advanced topics in phonological analysis.

8350 - Seminar in Morphology

1 - 3 credits
Advanced topics in morphological analysis.

8400 - Seminar in Semantics

Accounts of semantic judgments in languages, especially within the theory of generative grammar; relationships between syntax, semantics, and language use.

8450 - Seminar in Pragmatics

An intensive examination of one or more major problems in pragmatics, such as speech acts, implicature, or presupposition.

8600 - Seminar in Sociolinguistics

1 - 3 credits
Advanced topics in sociolinguistics.

8650 - Seminar in Contact Linguistics

1 - 3 credits
The goal of this seminar is to explore in some detail the methodological frameworks and theoretical issues that relate to the origins and development of various outcomes of language contact.

8700 - Seminar in Psycholinguistics

1 - 3 credits
Advanced topics in psycholinguistics.

8800 - Seminar in Computational Linguistics

1 - 3 credits
Advanced topics in computational linguistics.

8880 - Interdepartmental Seminar

1 - 3 credits
Two or more departments present seminars on subjects of mutual interest; topics to be announced.

8900 - Seminar in Historical Linguistics

1 - 3 credits
Advanced topics in methods and principles of diachronic analysis.

8998 - Non-thesis graduate research

1 - 15 credits
Non-thesis graduate research.

8999 - Thesis/Dissertation Research in Linguistics

1 - 10 credits
Research for thesis and dissertation purposes only.

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