Linguistics

Students may major in Linguistics through Swarthmore College and minor in Linguistics through Haverford College.

Faculty

Coordinators:

Shizhe Huang, Haverford College, Bi-College Coordinator
Jason Kandybowicz, Swarthmore College, Tri-College Coordinator

Bryn Mawr College

Deepak Kumar, Professor of Computer Science (on leave semester I)
Amanda Weidman, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Haverford College

Marilyn Boltz, Professor of Psychology
Ashok Gangadean, Professor of Philosophy
Danielle Macbeth, Professor of Philosophy
Shizhe Huang, Associate Professor of Chinese and Linguistics
Ana López-Sánchez, Assistant Professor of Spanish

Swarthmore College

Theodore Fernald, Associate Professor of Linguistics and Chair
K. David Harrison, Associate Professor of Linguistics
Jason Kandybowicz, Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Vera Lee-Schoenfeld, Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Donna Jo Napoli, Professor of Linguistics

Linguistics is the study of language, the medium which allows us to communicate and share our ideas with others. As a discipline, linguistics examines the structural components of sound, form, and meaning, and the precise interplay between them. Modern linguistic inquiry stresses analytical and argumentation skills, which will prepare students for future pursuits in any field where such skills are essential.

Linguistics is also relevant to other disciplines, such as psychology, philosophy, sociology, and anthropology.

The primary goals of the linguistics minor are to introduce students to the field of linguistics proper through a series of foundation courses in linguistics theory and methodology; to provide training in the application of certain theoretical and methodological tools to the analysis of linguistic data; and to offer an array of interdisciplinary courses that allow students to explore other related fields that best suit their interests.

Major Requirements

Students may major in linguistics through the Linguistics department at Swarthmore College (http://www.swarthmore.edu/SocSci/Linguistics/). Contact the department for more details.

Minor Requirements

Students may minor in linguistics through Haverford by completing six credits in the following three areas of study (http://www.haverford.edu/catalog/2008-09/linguistics.php):

A.   Mandatory Foundation Courses (three credits):

LING H113 or LING S050 Introduction to Syntax
LING H114 or LING S040 Introduction to Semantics
LING H115 Phonetics and Phonology

B.   Synthesis Courses (choose one):

LING H282 Structure of Chinese
LING H382 Syntax and Semantics of Mandarin Chinese
LING S060 Structure of Navajo
LING S062 Structure of American Sign Language
LING S064 Structure of Tuvan

C.   Elective Courses (choose two):

LING/PSYC H238 The Psychology of Language
LING B239 Introduction to Linguistics
LING H242 Chinese Language in Culture and Society
LING/PHIL H253 Analytic Philosophy of Language
LING/PHIL H260 Historical Introduction to Logic
LING/ANTH B281 Language in the Social Context
LING H295 Seminar in Syntax: The Minimalist Program
CMSC B325 Computational Linguistics
LING H365 The Politics of Language in the Spanish-Speaking World

All linguistics courses offered at Swarthmore College will be accepted for credit for various categories.

Bryn Mawr College currently offers the following courses in Linguistics:

LING B239 Introduction to Linguistics

(Kandybowicz, Division I)

LING B281 Language in Social Context

(Weidman, Division I; cross-listed as ANTH B281)

Haverford College currently offers the following courses in Linguistics:

LING H113 Introduction to Syntax
LING H114 Introduction to Semantics
LING H115 Phonetics and Phonology
LING H238 Psychology of Language
LING H295 Seminar in Syntax
LING H382 Syntax and Semantics of Mandarin Chinese

Swarthmore College currently offers the following courses in Linguistics:

LING S001 Introduction to Language and Linguistics
LING S005 First-Year Seminar: Linguistic Underpinnings of Racism and Bias
LING S007 Hebrew for Text Study I
LING S008 Russian Phonetics
LING S010 Hebrew for Text Study II
LING S014 Old English/History of the Language
LING S020 Computational Linguistics: Natural Language Processing
LING S033 Introduction to Classical Chinese
LING S034 Psychology of Language
LING S040 Semantics
LING S043 Morphology and the Lexicon
LING S045 Phonetics and Phonology
LING S050 Syntax
LING S052 Historical and Comparative Linguistics
LING S053 Language Minority Education in the United States: Issues and Approaches
LING S054 Oral and Written Language
LING S061 Structure of Navajo
LING S070 Translation Workshop
LING S075 Field Methods
LING S094 Research Project
LING S095 Community-Service Credit: Literacy and People with Hearing Loss
LING S096 Community-Service Credit: Literacy
LING S097 Field Research
LING S100 Research Seminar
LING S120 Anthropological Linguistics: Endangered Languages
LING S134 Psycholinguistics Seminar
LING S195 Senior Honors Thesis
LING S199 Senior Honors Study

Updated August 25, 2008 by Tracy Kellmer