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Linguistics Program

Linguistics, the systematic scientific study of human language and communication, is a broad field that investigates a range of questions regarding the remarkable fact that humans produce and use language. At Emory University we take an interdisciplinary approach, looking at language in relation to cognition, culture, social identity, history, philosophy, and aesthetics. Our questions include: What enables humans to produce and understand sentences that they have never heard before? What are the basic building blocks of human languages? How do children learn language? How do people use language in multilingual contexts? How are patterns of thinking shaped by language? Why do languages change over time? How do meanings get attached to words? The Program in Linguistics faculty are based in numerous departments across the college, representing the contemporary field of linguistics, as it is situated at the intersection of the social sciences and the humanities. The program directs a minor in linguistics, a major in linguistics, and a joint major in psychology and linguistics and coordinates a Linguistics Study Abroad Program in Amsterdam. The program facilitates academic discussion on language and linguistics on campus and sponsors events connected to linguistics. The program also sponsors an annual Linguistics Student Research Symposium. Students are encouraged to check the program webpage at www.linguistics.emory.edu for updates on programs of study (majors and minor), courses, and events.

Faculty

Chair/Director
Benjamin Hary
P2052821
Winship Distinguished Professor

Education

  • BA, Hebrew University, 1977
  • MA, University of California, Berkeley, 1979
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1987

Departments

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Susan Tamasi
P0321955
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • BA, Emory University, 1994
  • PhD, University of Georgia, 2003

Department

  • Linguistics, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • language variation
  • dialectology and sociolinguistics (with focus on the history, structure and use of American English)
  • politics of language in the US (e.g., the relation between English and minority language varieties)
  • issues relating to language, gender, and sexuality
Core Faculty
Roberto Franzosi
P7004507
Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Genoa, 1975
  • PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 1981

Departments

  • Sociology, Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • methods
  • culture
  • historical sociology
  • social protest
Benjamin Hary
P2052821
Winship Distinguished Professor

Education

  • BA, Hebrew University, 1977
  • MA, University of California, Berkeley, 1979
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1987

Departments

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty
Yu Li
P9184388
Lecturer

Education

  • Ph.D, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007
  • MA, Peking University, 2002
  • BA, Peking University, 2000

Departments

  • Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures, Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Core Faculty
  • East Asian Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • examining effects of English sentential intonation on learning Chinese tones
Hiram Maxim
P9651906
Associate Professor

Education

  • PhD, University of Texas, Austin, 1999

Departments

  • German Studies, Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • second-language acquisition
  • curriculum development in foreign languages
James Morey
P1406647
Professor

Education

  • BA, Hamilton College, 1983
  • MA, Cornell University, 1987
  • PhD, Cornell University, 1990

Departments

  • English, Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • Old English language and literature
  • medieval literature
Laura Namy
P8852576
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Indiana University, 1993
  • MS, Northwestern University, 1994
  • PhD, Northwestern University, 1998

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • early language acquisition
  • symbolic development
  • categorization and conceptual development
Lynne Nygaard
P6428102
Professor

Education

  • BA, Barnard College, 1985
  • PhD, Brown University, 1991

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • spoken language processing
  • speech perception
Marjorie Pak
P3702938
Lecturer

Education

  • BA, Yale University, 1994
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2008

Department

  • Linguistics, Core Faculty
Bradd Shore
P0749198
Goodrich C White Professor

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley, 1967
  • MA, University of Chicago, 1971
  • PhD, University of Chicago, 1977

Departments

  • Anthropology, Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • symbolic and psychological anthropology
  • Polynesia
  • Oceania
  • United States
Susan Tamasi
P0321955
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • BA, Emory University, 1994
  • PhD, University of Georgia, 2003

Department

  • Linguistics, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • language variation
  • dialectology and sociolinguistics (with focus on the history, structure and use of American English)
  • politics of language in the US (e.g., the relation between English and minority language varieties)
  • issues relating to language, gender, and sexuality
Donald Tuten
P0226661
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Georgia, 1985
  • MA, University of Wisconsin, 1989
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1998

Departments

  • Spanish and Portuguese, Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • linguistics and pedagogy
Debra Vidali
P8272207
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley, 1983
  • MA, University of Chicago, , 1985
  • PhD, University of Chicago, 1994

Departments

  • Anthropology, Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • linguistic and sociocultural anthropology
  • sociolinguistics
  • media studies
  • national identity
  • discourse analysis
  • comparative Bantu linguistics
  • Africa
Phillip Wolff
P1264565
Associate Professor

Education

  • BS, Eastern Mennonite College, 1986
  • MS, Northwestern University, 1993
  • PhD, Northwestern University, 1999

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • language and cognition
  • causal reasoning and meaning
Associated Faculty
Yevgeny Agichtein
P7024514
Associate Professor

Education

  • BS, The Cooper Union, 1998
  • MS, Columbia University, 2000
  • PhD, Columbia University, 2005

Departments

  • Mathematics and Computer Science, Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Associated Faculty
Lawrence Barsalou
P5427965
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor

Education

  • BA, University of California, San Diego, 1977
  • PhD, Stanford University, 1981

Departments

  • Psychology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
  • Linguistics, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • cognitive psychology
  • human knowledge
Cathryn Johnson
P4985831
Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Illinois, 1979
  • MSW, University of Illinois, 1981
  • PhD, University of Iowa, 1990

Departments

  • Sociology, Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • social psychology
  • organizations
Hong Li
P2726895
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • BA, Beijing Teacher's College, 1982
  • MA, University of Minnesota, 1990
  • PhD, University of Minnesota, 1993

Departments

  • Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures, Core Faculty
  • East Asian Studies, Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • linguistics
  • Chinese language pedagogy
Carol Herron Lustig
P5964639
Professor

Education

  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1978

Departments

  • French and Italian Studies, Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • Second language acquisition
  • Assessing strategies for classroom learning
  • Using technology to enhance foreign language instruction
Robert McCauley
P8007879
William Rand Kenan Jr. University Professor

Education

  • BA, Western Michigan University, 1974
  • MA, University of Chicago, 1975
  • PhD, University of Chicago, 1979

Departments

  • Philosophy, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
  • Linguistics, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • philosophy of science
  • cognitive science
  • contemporary epistemology
James Rilling
P1646384
Associate Professor

Education

  • BS, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1992
  • MA, Emory University, 1996
  • PhD, Emory University, 1998

Departments

  • Anthropology, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
  • Linguistics, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • neuroimaging techniques
  • neurobiological basis of human and non-human primate social cognition and behavior
  • comparative primate neuroanatomy
  • primate brain evolution
  • evolutionary theory
Mark Risjord
P5633360
Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Wisconsin, 1983
  • PhD, University of North Carolina, 1990

Departments

  • Philosophy, Core Faculty
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Associated Faculty
  • Linguistics, Associated Faculty

Academic Interests

  • philosophy of science
  • philosophy of anthropology
  • philosophy of language
  • logic
  • philosophy of mathematics
Hossein Samei
P5780191
Lecturer

Education

  • BA, National University of Iran, 1979
  • MA, Tehran University, 1987
  • PhD, Tehran University, 1997

Departments

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Associated Faculty
Devin Stewart
P4375105
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Princeton University, 1984
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1991

Departments

  • Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies , Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Associated Faculty
Dietrich Stout
P1811436
Assistant Professor

Education

  • PhD, Indiana University, 2003

Departments

  • Anthropology, Core Faculty
  • Linguistics, Associated Faculty

Courses

Linguistics 100-Level Courses
LING 101: Hist Of The American Languages
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall, spring. An historical examination of the various languages and dialects used in American society and the development of an American identity through language use and language policy.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
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LING 190: Fresh Sem: Linguistics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
FSEM
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The freshman seminar in linguistics introduces students to basic aspects in linguistics by focusing on specific themes and topics which vary according to the instructor.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
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Linguistics 200-Level Courses
LING 201: Foundations Of Linguistics
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ANT 203: Foundations In Linguistics
Course Description

An introduction to the systematic study of human language, surveying the fields of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, child language acquisition, and historical linguistics.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Recitation or discussion section
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
LING 210: Sounds of Human Language
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course focuses on the related areas of phonetics (the study of physical properties, both articulatory and acoustic, of the sounds of human language) and phonology (the study of the sound patterns of human languages and the nature of the knowledge that speakers have about the sound patterns of particular languages).

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
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LING 212: Structure of Human Language
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course investigates word formation (morphology) and sentence structure (syntax) in the world's languages.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
LING 214: Meaning in Human Language
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The course focuses on the study of meaning in language, particularly from the perspectives of semantics (the study of how meaning is related to words and sentences) and pragmatics (the study of how meaning is realized during communication in specific contexts of use).

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
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LING 230: Descript'n & Analysis:Chn Lang
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
CHN 230: Descript'n & Analysis:Chn Lang
Course Description

The course aims to give students an overview of important elements of the Chinese language and its use. Students will gain an understanding of the long history of the language, as well as the phonological, semantic, and syntactic structures of modern Chinese. In addition, through discussions on language use in society, the course examines the cultural and social issues surrounding the Chinese language. Topics include its historical development, linguistic structures, dialects, writing system and calligraphy, and language use in society. The course is taught in English.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
LING 234: Intro to Japanese Linguistics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JPN 234: Intro to Japanese Linguistics
Course Description

This course examines aspects of Japanese language from a linguistic perspective. It will introduce basic concepts in linguistics such as phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics, using examples from Japanese language. It aims to provide opportunities to deepen the understanding of the Japanese language as well as to deepen the understanding of world languages by examining Japanese. This course should be of interest to students who are learning Japanese and are interested in the structural aspect of the language and to those who are interested in broadening their knowledge of different languages.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
LING 235: Chinese Writing Systems in Asia
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
CHN 235: Chinese Writing Systems in Asia
EAS 235: Chinese Writing Systems in Asia
Course Description

This course examines the manners and contexts in which the Chinese writing systems interface with other languages and cultures (Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese) and the cultural identities that the Chinese orthographic symbols come to represent at both personal and social levels in and beyond Asia.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
LING 235W: Chinese Writing Systems in Asia
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
CHN 235W: Chinese Writing Systems in Asia
EAS 235W: Chinese Writing Systems in Asia
Course Description

This course examines the manners and contexts in which the Chinese writing systems interface with other languages and cultures (Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese) and the cultural identities that the Chinese orthographic symbols come to represent at both personal and social levels in and beyond Asia.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
LING 240: Language And Culture
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ANT 240: Language And Culture
Course Description

Study of language in context, focusing on relations between language and culture, thought, social identity, and political process.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
LING 240W: Language And Culture
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ANT 240W: Language And Culture
Course Description

Study of language in context, focusing on relations between language and culture, thought, social identity, and political process.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
LING 242: Languages of the World
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Explores language diversity around the world; language families and historical relationships; linguistic typology and language universals; sound and structural features of languages; writing systems; and how linguistics illuminates human history. Students will learn fieldwork techniques for eliciting and describing features of an understudied language by working directly with a native speaker.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Supplemental instruction or problem set session
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
LING 285: Intro Topics in Linguistics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
LING 285W: Intro Topics in Linguistics
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
Linguistics 300-Level Courses
LING 309: Brain And Language
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
SNT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
PSYC 309: Brain And Language
Course Description

This course examines the relationship between brain mechanisms and language behavior. Topics include aphasia and language disorders, aphasia in the deaf, critical periods in children, and gender differences in brain organization.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
LING 314: Psychology Of Language
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
PSYC 314: Psychology Of Language
Course Description

No Course Description Available.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
LING 316: Language Acquisition
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
PSYC 316: Language Acquisition
Course Description

Language acquisition in young children. Identifying speech sounds, determining meaning, and comprehending the rules of syntax.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
LING 316W: Language Acquisition
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
PSYC 316W: Language Acquisition
Course Description

Language acquisition in young children. Identifying speech sounds, determining meaning, and comprehending the rules of syntax.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
LING 318: Second Language Acquisition
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course is an introduction to the field of second language acquisition (SLA), which seeks to understand the linguistic, psychological and social processes that underlie the learning and use of second language(s).

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
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LING 326: History Of Judaic Languages
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 326: History Of Judaic Languages
MESAS 326: History Of Judaic Languages
Course Description

This course deals with the history and structure of Judaic languages such as Hebrew, Yiddish, Judeo-Arabic, and Judeo-Spanish (Ladino).

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
LING 326W: History Of Judaic Languages
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 326W: History Of Judaic Languages
MESAS 326W: History Of Judaic Languages
Course Description

This course deals with the history and structure of Judaic languages such as Hebrew, Yiddish, Judeo-Arabic, and Judeo-Spanish (Ladino).

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
LING 327: Language & Symbols of Media
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
SOC 327: Language & Symbols of Media
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
LING 328: Historical Ling & Lang Change
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Linguists agree that languages change; they do not agree about how such change occurs. This course views that linguistic systems cannot be completely understood from a purely synchronic perspective. The course surveys types of change, which can affect the linguistic systems, using data from various languages.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
LING 333: Language, Gender & Sexuality
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ANT 325: Language, Gender & Sexuality
WGS 333: Language, Gender And Sexuality
Course Description

Cross-cultural examination of how language reflects, maintains, and constructs identities related to gender and sexuality. Topics include: differences in male and female speech, the grammatical encoding of gender, childhood language socialization, and language and desire.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
LING 335: S. Asia: Lang, Pol, Identity
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 335: S. Asia: Lang, Pol, Identity
Course Description

This course examines the emergence of modern languages in South Asia, the development of multilingualism, and the use of different languages in different social and cultural settings in this multilayered, multilingual, mobile environment.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
LING 335W: S. Asia: Lang, Pol, Identity
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 335W: S. Asia: Lang, Pol, Identity
Course Description

This course examines the emergence of modern languages in South Asia, the development of multilingualism, and the use of different languages in different social and cultural settings in this multilayered, multilingual, mobile environment.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
LING 340: Topics in Sociolinguistics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ANT 340: Topics in Sociolinguistics
Course Description

This course studies relations between language and society, relations between language and sociocultural context. Topics may include: language variation; multilingualism; verbal interaction; discourse analysis; ethnography of communication; sociolinguistics of Spanish.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
LING 340W: Topics in Sociolinguistics
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ANT 340W: Topics in Sociolinguistics
Course Description

This course studies relations between language and society, relations between language and sociocultural context. Topics may include: language variation; multilingualism; verbal interaction; discourse analysis; ethnography of communication; sociolinguistics of Spanish.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
LING 341: Communicatn,Technol & Culture
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ANT 341: Communication Tech And Culture
Course Description

Examines the social, cultural, and linguistic features of modern media technologies and explores their implications for far-reaching transformations in the ways we talk, think, and interact.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
LING 344: Bilingualism & Multilingualism
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
LING 350: Health Communication
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

We examine the language around health and health care as a type of intercultural discourse, including communication between doctors and patients, between health care providers, and discussions of health in the media. We also examine language as a diagnostic tool.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
LING 360: The English Language
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENG 360: The English Language
Course Description

Structure and history of the English language.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
LING 360W: The English Language
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENG 360W: The English Language
Course Description

Structure and history of the English language.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
LING 361: American English
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENG 361: American English
Course Description

American English from the colonial period to the present; the sources of its vocabulary, the characteristics of its dialects, and the linguistic distinctiveness of its literature.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
LING 361W: American English
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENG 361W: American English
Course Description

American English from the colonial period to the present; the sources of its vocabulary, the characteristics of its dialects, and the linguistic distinctiveness of its literature.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
LING 362: Beowulf
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
ENG 300: Old Eng Language & Literature
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENG 301: Beowulf
Course Description

The earliest English epic, read in the original language.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
LING 362W: Beowulf
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
ENG 300: Old Eng Language & Literature
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENG 301W: Beowulf
Course Description

The earliest English epic, read in the original language.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
LING 363: Old Eng Language & Literature
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENG 300: Old Eng Language & Literature
Course Description

Introduction to the Old English language and readings of representative prose and poetry.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
LING 363W: Old Eng Language & Literature
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENG 300W: Old Eng Language & Literature
Course Description

Introduction to the Old English language and readings of representative prose and poetry.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
LING 385: Special Topics in Linguistics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Investigation of a particular issue or topic in the study of language, linguistics, and communication. May be repeated when topic varies. Topics may include: the Romance languages; intercultural communication; words and the world; language and human nature.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
LING 385W: Special Topics in Linguistics
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Investigation of a particular issue or topic in the study of language, linguistics, and communication. May be repeated when topic varies. Topics may include: the Romance languages; intercultural communication; words and the world; language and human nature.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
LING 399: Linguistics Research Workshop
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course is designed to give students hands-on experience developing a research project in linguistics. Students collect and analyze their own linguistic data and present their findings orally and in writing. Students also learn quantitative methods for studying language variation and change.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
LING 399W: Linguistics Research Workshop
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course is designed to give students hands-on experience developing a research project in linguistics. Students collect and analyze their own linguistic data and present their findings orally and in writing. Students also learn quantitative methods for studying language variation and change.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
Linguistics 400-Level Courses
LING 401: Language, Mind & Society
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course compares and contrasts the primary perspectives that are often taken when researchers try to answer fundamental linguistic questions. One focuses on language and meaning as products of how the mind works. The other stresses language as a product of social interaction. A series of questions are considered in order to better understand these two views: what the sources of linguistic structure might be; whether (or how much of) language is innate in humans; how language reflects categories, and helps us form categories; how our use of language is informed by shared schemas.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
LING 401W: Language, Mind & Society
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course compares and contrasts the primary perspectives that are often taken when researchers try to answer fundamental linguistic questions. One focuses on language and meaning as products of how the mind works. The other stresses language as a product of social interaction. A series of questions are considered in order to better understand these two views: what the sources of linguistic structure might be; whether (or how much of) language is innate in humans; how language reflects categories, and helps us form categories; how our use of language is informed by shared schemas.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
LING 425R: Arabic Dialectology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ARAB 425R: Arabic Dialectology
Course Description

Arabic dialects have been spoken continuously from Mauritania in the west to Iraq in the east. This course combines a broad introduction to the field with concrete experience working with Arabic dialects, exploring the historical development of the dialects and their relationship to Literary Arabic.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
LING 485: Advanced Topics in Linguistics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
LING 485W: Advanced Topics in Linguistics
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
LING 495A: Honors Directed Research
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Independent Honors research
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
LING 495BW: Honors Directed Research
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 8
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Independent Honors research
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Writing Requirement
Yes
LING 497R: Directed Study
General Information
Credit Hours
2 - 8
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Credit, two to eight hours. Readings on selected topics in linguistics as arranged between individual undergraduate student(s) and a specific member of the Linguistics faculty who supervises and guides.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
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LING 499R: Directed Research
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 8
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Credit, one to eight hours. This course allows undergraduate students to conduct independent research under the direction of a faculty member.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Undergraduate research
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable

Honors Program

The Honors Program in Linguistics is intended to provide a select group of students with experience in conducting research focused on the study of human language. Generally, this research will fall primarily within one or more of the three orientations identified in the Major in Linguistics: cognitive, structural or sociocultural (contextual) approaches to the study of language. Students with an overall grade point average of at least 3.5 in the first three years and with at least a 3.5 GPA in their major courses will be notified by the Program in Linguistics in the Spring of their junior year that they are eligible to participate in the Linguistics Honors Program, and will be invited to an orientation meeting which will fully explain the program. Students will be responsible for defining a project and finding a faculty member who is willing to serve as advisor.

For more information, see Honors Program | Academic Policies & Regulations.

Study Abroad

The Amsterdam exchange program offers students the opportunity to take a range of courses taught in English while exploring Dutch culture and one of the world's great multicultural and multilingual cities. Students who are majors in linguistics are encouraged to take coursework abroad as part of their Emory academic degree program. Emory students can choose to study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) or Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA). Please contact CIPA or the Program in Linguistics for more information.

For more information, see Study Abroad.

Advising

Majors are assigned an academic advisor and should meet with that advisor on a regular basis to discuss courses to take to meet the requirements for the major. In addition, students should talk to their advisors about future career plans if they include graduate training, as there may be additional courses they should take for entrance to graduate school. Advisors will be available during Pre-registration. Sign-up sheets are placed outside each advisor’s office in the weeks before Pre-registration. It is strongly advised that students sign up as early as possible for advising. However, advisors often have more time to spend with students at times other than Pre-registration. Please take advantage of these times when scheduling appointments.

Language Study

Linguistics majors and minors are required to take two foreign language courses.

1. Two courses in one foreign language at the 200-level or above or

2. Two courses in two different foreign languages at any level, with approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

NOTE: Students participating in the Amsterdam Study Abroad Program may use introductory Dutch to satisfy one semester of this requirement.

Awards and Honors

Phi Sigma Iota, the International Foreign Language Honor Society, is open to outstanding students of linguistics and foreign languages. Minimum qualifications for students applying for membership based on achievement in linguistics are: (1) overall GPA of 3.3 or higher, and (2) completion of at least 20 credit hours in Linguistics with an “A-“ (3.67) average in linguistics courses.