20109-2011 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

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

Donna Jo Napoli, Professor
Theodore B. Fernald, Professor
K. David Harrison, Associate Professor and Chair
Aaron J. Dinkin, Instructor and Laboratory Coordinator
Doreen Kelly, Visiting Instructor

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 H113 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 Topics in Chinese Syntax and Semantics
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/SPAN 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 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: Social Science)
Not offered in 2010-11.

LING B239 Introduction to Linguistics
An introductory survey of linguistics as a field. This course examines the core areas of linguistic structure (morphology, phonology, syntax, semantics), pragmatics, and language variation in relation to language change. The course provides rudimentary training in the analysis of language data, and focuses on the variety of human language structures and on the question of universal properties of language.
(Kandybowicz, Division I: Social Science)

LING B281 Language in Social Context
What do we do with language? How does language make us who we are? How does language construct our world and mediate our experience of it? In this course, we will explore some of the ways in which the fields of sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology have answered these questions. Our readings and discussions will address the topics of language socialization in childhood, the interrelationships between language, gender, race, and class, theories of meaning, the ethnography of communication, and differing ideas about language in situations of culture contact.
(Weidman, Division I: Social Science)
Cross-listed as ANTH B281.

Haverford College currently offers the following courses in Linguistics:

Fall 2010

LING H113 Introduction to Syntax

Spring 2011

LING H114 Introduction to Semantics
LING H115 Phonetics and Phonology
PHIL H251 Analytic Philosophy of Language
LING H282 Structure of Chinese

Swarthmore College currently offers the following courses in Linguistics:

Fall 2010

LING S001 Introduction to Language and Linguistics
LING S004 FYS: American Indian Languages
LING S007 Hebrew for Text Study I
LING S015 Introduction to the Lenape Language
LING S020 Natural Language Processing
LING S020 Natural Language Processing Lab
LING S033 Introduction to Classical Chinese
LING S040 Semantics
LING S045 Phonetics and Phonology
LING S050 Syntax
LING S052 Historical/Comparative Linguistics
LING S053 Language Minority Education
LING S062 Structure of American Sign Language
LING S062 Structure of ASL: Attachment
LING S070 Translation Workshop
LING S094 Special Project in Linguistics
LING S097 Field Research
LING S100 Research Seminar
LING S195 Senior Honors Thesis