LING 3311. PRINCIPLES OF LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS. 3 Hours.
This course prepares students for the systematic study of human language. Drawing on data from a range of languages, it will examine the sound patterns of language (phonetics and phonology), words and word formation (morphology), sentence structure (syntax), meaning (semantics), and language in context (pragmatics). Emphasis will be placed on methods of linguistic analysis to solve problems in phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. Additional topics may include language acquisition; linguistic variation; and/or historical/comparative linguistics.
The Department of Linguistics and TESOL at the University of Texas at Arlington provides coursework in both linguistics and in TESOL. Department programs seek to deepen understanding of language by examining how it is represented, used, and processed. We work toward this goal through courses in theoretical linguistics, focusing on phonology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and psycholinguistics as well as the interfaces among these domains of inquiry. In order to explore questions in these areas, we provide training in multiple methods, including field methods, corpus-based methods, and experimental research methods, to collect and analyze data from a wide range of the world's languages, and from both native and non-native speakers of these languages. This approach to the scientific study of language is the primary focus of our PhD, MA, and BA degrees in Linguistics. In addition, the department has a separate track in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), offered through our MA in TESOL and TESOL certificates. This program trains professionals who will teach English to second and foreign-language learners. Our TESOL students build a strong foundation in teaching methodologies, language testing, second language acquisition, and other applied areas of linguistics. For further information on the graduate degree programs in Linguistics or in TESOL, consult the program’s Web site at http://www.uta.edu/linguistics/current-students/degrees/index.php ; or contact the Graduate Advisor for admissions: http://www.uta.edu/linguistics/current-students/advising/index.php .
Linguistics is the discipline that studies the structures, acquisition, and histories of human languages around the world. Linguists are not, then, principally people who know many languages, but rather people who investigate how a language is organized and what features all languages exhibit.
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