2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog


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


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

Faculty at Bryn Mawr College

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

Faculty at 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

Faculty at Swarthmore College

Theodore Fernald, Associate Professor of Linguistics and Chair (on leave semesters I and II)
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 (on leave semester II)
Ana Celia Zentella, Visiting Professor for Issues of Social Change

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:

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
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 courses in Linguistics:

LING B113 Introduction to Syntax

Introduces the investigation of sentence structures in human language, emphasizing insights from linguists over the past 40 years. The class will develop an increasingly complex theory starting with basic assumptions and seeing where they lead. Students will gain a clearer understanding of grammar, develop and refine skills of analysis, writing, and argumentation. We will focus on English, occasionally using other languages to look at ways human languages are similar and how they differ. (Kandybowicz, Division I)

LING B239 Introduction to Linguistics

(Kandybowicz, Division I) Not offered in 2009-10.

LING B281 Language in Social Context

(Weidman, Division I; cross-listed as ANTH B281) Not offered in 2009-10.

LING B325 Computational Linguistics

(Kumar, Division I; cross-listed as CMSC B325)

Haverford College currently offers the following courses in Linguistics:

LING H101 Introduction to Linguistics
LING H114 Introduction to Semantics
LING H115 Phonetics and Phonology
LING H365 The Politics of Language in the Spanish-Speaking World
LINGH382 Topics in Chinese Syntax and Semantics

Swarthmore College currently offers the following courses in Linguistics:

LING S001 Introduction to Language and Linguistic
LING S006 FYS: Language and Deafness
LING S015 Introduction to the Lenape Language
LING S021 Language, Race, and Ethnic Identities
LING S022 Latino Languages and Dialects in Contact in Families, Schools and Communities
LING S025 Language, Culture and Society
LING S034 Psychology of Language
LING S040 Semantics
LING S043 Morphology and the Lexicon
LING S045 Phonetics and Phonology
LING S050 Syntax
LING S055 Writing or Language Policy
LING S064 Structure of Tuvan
LING S075 Field Methods
LING S100 Research Seminar
LING S107 Seminar in Syntax
LING S195 Senior Honors Thesis