Academic Calendar

Linguistics (LING)

LING 1000  Introduction to Linguistics  3 cr  

Introduction to the scientific study of human language. Basic principles of sound systems, word structure, sentence structure, and meaning across the languages of the world. May not be held with the former LING 1200.

Attributes: Social Science, Recommended Intro Courses

LING 1010  Language in Context  3 cr  

Language as a communication system embedded in a particular geographical, historical, and social context. Psychological and neurological aspects of language. Acquisition of first and second languages. May not be held with the former LING 1200.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in LING 1000] or written consent of instructor.

Attributes: Social Science, Recommended Intro Courses

LING 1310  Indigenous Languages of Manitoba  3 cr  

A survey of the linguistic structure, history, and current status of the languages and language families that are indigenous to Manitoba.

Attributes: Social Science, Recommended Intro Courses

LING 1360  Languages of Canada  3 cr  

A survey of languages and linguistic problems encountered in North America, with particular attention to questions of relationship and classification. Examples will be drawn from both indigenous and immigrant languages.

Attributes: Social Science

LING 1440  Descriptive Grammar of Modern English  3 cr  

What are the criteria that are used to distinguish "good" from "bad" grammar? What are the rules we need to know in order to speak and write "properly"? In focusing on basic concepts in traditional grammar, this course reviews parts of speech, the English tense system, sentence types (e.g., active vs. passive), question formation and types of embedded clauses. It examines the rules of traditional grammar and explores the linguistic structures that lie behind the rules. This course is not intended for students learning English; it presupposes native or near-native competence in English. Not open to students who are currently enrolled in, or have previously obtained credit in LING 2400 or the former LING 2200.

Mutually Exclusive: LING 2200

Attributes: Social Science

LING 1460  Words  3 cr  

What is a word? How do the meanings and forms of words change over time? This course provides an introduction to the structure and history of words, with special attention to the origins of English vocabulary.

Attributes: Social Science, Recommended Intro Courses

LING 1620  Language and the Media  3 cr  

The study of how language interacts with media. Investigation of the forms of language found in media discourse; how patterns in such language use contribute to recognizable media genres and styles; social themes and consequences that arise from media language.

Attributes: Social Science, Recommended Intro Courses

LING 2100  Phonetics and Phonology  3 cr  

Fundamentals of the linguistic study of speech sounds. Exercises in phonetic transcription and phonological analysis in a variety of languages. May not be held with the former LING 1380 or the former LING 2420.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in LING 1000 or the former LING 1200] or written consent of instructor.

Attributes: Social Science

LING 2202  Multilingualism  3 cr  

Study of various aspects of multilingualism from a sociolinguistic perspective. The course will introduce concepts such as bilingualism, diglossia, pidgins and creoles, code-switching, language maintenance, language loss and language shift, language policy and planning, language revitalization, and linguistic landscape.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in LING 1010 or the former LING 1200] or written consent of instructor.

Attributes: Social Science

LING 2210  Language and Gender  3 cr  

An exploration of the multiple relationships between language and gender. How are gender differences manifested and perpetuated through language use? How are these differences acquired, and what do they reflect? How does gender interact with other factors such as class, sexual orientation, and ethnicity in language? May not be held with the former LING 1420.

Attributes: Social Science

LING 2330  Historical Linguistics  3 cr  

How languages change over time at all levels of linguistic structure. Methods for reconstructing earlier linguistic stages. Language families and linguistic prehistory. May not be held with the former LING 2640.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in LING 1010 or the former LING 1200] or written consent of instructor.

Equiv To: LING 2640

Attributes: Social Science

LING 2340  Language Endangerment  3 cr  

A survey of the causes and effects of language shift and language loss, as well as techniques for the documentation and revitalization of endangered languages. Students may not hold credit for both LING 2340 and the former LING 3820 when titled "Language Endangerment and Language Revitalization."

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in LING 1000 or the former LING 1200] or written consent of instructor.

Attributes: Social Science

LING 2400  Morphology and Syntax  3 cr  

Fundamentals of the linguistic study of the structure of words and sentences. Exercises in morphological and syntactic analysis in a variety of languages. May not be held with the former LING 2200 or the former LING 2460.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in LING 1000 or the former LING 1200] or written consent of instructor.

Attributes: Social Science

LING 2500  Semantics and Pragmatics  3 cr  

This course introduces students to basic theories of semantics and pragmatics, with application to the analysis of linguistic data. Topics covered include sense vs. reference, lexical relations, presupposition and topicality, participant roles, information structure, speech acts, metaphor, and metonymy.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in LING 1000 or the former LING 1200] or written consent of instructor.

Attributes: Social Science

LING 2600  Verbal Art  3 cr  

Puns, punchlines, slogans and the chant of the auctioneer are as much instances of verbal art as are rhetorical flourishes and formal literary structures. With spoken language as its major focus, this course draws on a variety of languages, sources and genres to study artistic and playful uses of language.

Attributes: Social Science

LING 2740  Interpretation Theory  3 cr  

A survey of interpretation theory, including specifics of language use and problems in the transfer of linguistic, cultural, and pragmatic information in interpretation, the interpreter's access to meaning, and the development of theories of interpretation. This course draws heavily on the field of ASL/English interpretation for illustration, but knowledge of ASL is not a requirement.

Attributes: Social Science, Written English Requirement

LING 2800  Communication Disorders  3 cr  

A general introduction to the major pathologies of speech, language and hearing as viewed against the background of normal linguistic structures and functions. The distinction between mechanically- and neurologically-based disorders is illustrated in terms of aetiology, diagnosis and approaches to treatment.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in LING 1000 or the former LING 1200] or written consent of instructor.

Attributes: Social Science

LING 2840   Anatomy of Speech Production  3 cr  

An intensive survey of the principal organs of speech and hearing, their embryology, and the general features of their evolutionary history. Some consideration will also be given to their pathological impairment. May not be held with the former LING 2830.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in LING 1000 or the former LING 1200] or written consent of instructor.

Equiv To: LING 2830

Attributes: Social Science

LING 2870  Neuroanatomy of Hearing and Speech  3 cr  

A survey of the structures of the central and peripheral nervous systems as they relate to the production and perception of speech and the processing of language. Includes a survey of linguistic aphasiology and a review of neurological deficits associated with abnormal language behaviour. May not be held with the former LING 2850.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in LING 1000 or the former LING 1200] or written consent of instructor.

Equiv To: LING 2850

Attributes: Social Science

LING 3110  Phonological Analysis  3 cr  

Key concepts in segmental and suprasegmental phonology. Emphasis on the development of skills in analysis and argumentation.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in LING 2100 or the former LING 2420] or written consent of instructor.

Attributes: Social Science

LING 3130  Acoustic Phonetics  3 cr  

The physical principles involved in the production, propagation and reception of sound. The subjective characteristics of sounds (loudness, pitch and quality) are related to their objective parameters (intensity, frequency and spectrum). The physical methods and the types of equipment used to analyze the basic physical properties of sounds will be demonstrated. May not be held with the former LING 2880.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in LING 2100 or the former LING 1380] or written consent of instructor.

Attributes: Social Science

LING 3210  Sociolinguistics  3 cr  

Study of the relationship between language and its social context. This course explores aspects of linguistic variation within and across speech communities, and considers language variation according to the socio-economic status, ethnicity, age, gender, and geographical distribution of its speakers. It will also cover other topics such as identity and ideology. May not be held with the former LING 2620.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisites: [a grade of "C" or better in both LING 1010 (or the former LING 1200) and LING 2210 (or the former LING 1420)] or written consent of instructor.

Attributes: Social Science

LING 3310  Structure of a Specific Language  3 cr  

Every language has unique properties that deepen our overall understanding of linguistic structure. In this course, the phonology, morphology, and syntax of a specific language are systematically explored on the basis of field records and descriptions which have become classics. The language of study will vary from year to year. May not be held with the former LING 3200.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisites: [a grade of "C" or better in each of LING 2100 (or the former LING 2420) and LING 2400 (or the former LING 2200)] or written consent of instructor.

Attributes: Social Science

LING 3320  Structure of an Algonquian Language  3 cr  

Introduction to the linguistic analysis of the languages of the Algonquian family through the in-depth study of the structure of a particular Algonquian language. The language of study will vary from year to year. Students may not hold credit for LING 3320 and any of: NATV 3222 or NATV 3224 or the former NATV 2320 or the former LING 3200 or the former LING 3820 when titled "Structure of the Cree Language" or "Structure of the Ojibway Language."

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisites: [a grade of "C" or better in each of LING 2100 (or the former LING 2420) and LING 2400 (or the former LING 2200)] or written consent of instructor.

Equiv To: NATV 3222, NATV 3324

Attributes: Social Science

LING 3330  Structure of ASL  3 cr  

An examination of ASL as a signed, as opposed to spoken, language. Topics include phonetic, phonological, morphological and syntactic structures. May not be held with the former LING 3300.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in LING 2400 or the former LING 2200] or written consent of instructor.

Attributes: Social Science

LING 3340  ASL in Context  3 cr  

This course situates the structure and use of ASL in a broader context, drawing on perspectives from fields such as discourse analysis, cognitive linguistics, sociolinguistics, and language acquisition. May not be held with the former LING 3300.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in LING 1000 or the former LING 1200] or written consent of instructor.

Attributes: Social Science

LING 3350  Language and Gesture  3 cr  

While it was once thought that gestures were more or less peripheral to language and were used in largely non-principled ways, current studies continue to build evidence that gesture is central to meaning construction. This course looks at current thought and theory regarding the role of gesture from an evolutionary perspective, as semantic and grammatical units, as co-speech elements, and in signed language. Students may not hold credit for both LING 3350 and LING 3840 when titled "Language and Gesture."

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in 9 credit hours of Linguistics courses] or written consent of instructor.

Mutually Exclusive: LING 3840

Attributes: Social Science

LING 3410  Syntactic Analysis  3 cr  

An exploration of problems in the structure of phrases and clauses, including typological variation and connections with morphology and semantics. Emphasis on the development of skills in analysis and argumentation.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in LING 2400 or the former LING 2200 or the former LING 2460] or written consent of instructor.

Attributes: Social Science

LING 3510  Cognitive Semantics  3 cr  

This course examines meaning from a cognitive linguistics viewpoint, including embodied meaning and embodied language, the 'viewer' and the thing being viewed, construal and image schemas, mental network and mental spaces theories, subjective and intersubjective meaning, metaphor and metonymy theory, and the role of language usage in building semantic knowledge.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [C+ or better in LING 2500 Semantics and Pragmatics] or written consent of instructor.

Attributes: Social Science

LING 3860  Child Language Development  3 cr  

The study of first language acquisition from infancy through childhood. Aspects of phonology, morphology, pragmatics and syntax acquisition are discussed, as well as formal theories of acquisition, second language and bilingual acquisition, atypical development and the relationship of language acquisition with literacy. Also offered as PSYC 3860. Students may not hold credit for LING 3860 and any of: PSYC 3860 or the former LING 2860 or the former PSYC 2860.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade of 11C11 or better in 9 credit hours of Linguistics courses] or [a grade of 11C11 or better in PSYC 2290 or PSYC 2291] or written consent of department head.

Equiv To: LING 2860, PSYC 2860, PSYC 3860

Attributes: Social Science

LING 3880  Second Language Acquisition  3 cr  

Theories, methods, and findings concerning the various aspects of learning a second language. Examination of variables that impact second language acquisition and development. May not be held with the former LING 2720.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade of "C" or better in LING 1010 or the former LING 1200] or written consent of instructor.

Attributes: Social Science

LING 4110  Phonological Theory  3 cr  

Contemporary approaches to the study of sound systems are introduced through the examination of selected phonological issues drawn from the primary research literature. May not be held with the former LING 3140.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade of "C+" or better in LING 3110 or the former LING 2420] or written consent of instructor.

Attributes: Social Science

LING 4210  Language Variation and Change  3 cr  

The field of variationist sociolinguistics is introduced through a survey of the primary research literature and practical experience in methods of data collection and analysis.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade of "C+" or better in LING 3210 or the former LING 2620] or written consent of instructor.

Attributes: Social Science

LING 4300  Field Methods  3 cr  

Working with a speaker of an unfamiliar (and, usually, unrecorded) language, students are apprenticed in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of raw data. May not be held with LING 3400.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade of "C+" or better in each of LING 2200 and LING 2420 and LING 2440] or written consent of instructor.

Mutually Exclusive: LING 3400

Attributes: Social Science

LING 4410  Syntactic Theory  3 cr  

The goals and tenets of contemporary syntactic theory are introduced through the examination of selected syntactic issues drawn from the primary research literature. May not be held with the former LING 3120.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: [a grade of "C+" or better in LING 3410 or the former LING 2200] or written consent of instructor.

Attributes: Social Science

LING 4920  Topics in Linguistics  3 cr  

Topics of current interest in linguistics.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: written consent of instructor. The course content may vary. Students can earn multiple credits for this course only when the topic subtitle is different.

Attributes: Social Science

LING 4930  Topics in ASL  3 cr  

Topics of current interest in ASL linguistics.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: written consent of instructor. The course content may vary. Students can earn multiple credits for this course only when the topic subtitle is different.

Attributes: Social Science

LING 4940  Special Studies  3 cr  

Supervised study on a topic in linguistics.

PR/CR: A minimum grade of C is required unless otherwise indicated.
Prerequisite: written consent of instructor. The course content may vary. Students can earn multiple credits for this course only when the topic subtitle is different.

Attributes: Social Science