2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog

Linguistics

Students may major in Linguistics through the Tri-College Linguistics consortium (Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Swarthmore) and minor in Linguistics at Haverford College.

Coordinators

Shizhe Huang, Haverford College, Bi-College Coordinator
Daniel Altshuler, Bryn Mawr College, Tri-College Coordinator

Faculty at Haverford College

Marilyn Boltz, Professor of Psychology
Danielle Macbeth, T. Wistar Brown Professor of Philosophy
Ana López-Sánchez, Assistant Professor of Spanish

Faculty at Bryn Mawr College

Deepak Kumar, Professor of Computer Science
Amanda Weidman, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Daniel Altshuler, Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics (Tri-College)

Faculty at Swarthmore College

Theodore Fernald, Professor of Linguistics (chair)
Donna Jo Napoli, Professor of Linguistics
K. David Harrison, Associate Professor of Linguistics (on leave 2011-12)
Daniel Altshuler, Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics (Tri-College)
Nathan Sanders, Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Aaron J. Dinkin, Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Phonetics Lab Coordinator
Shelley DePaul, Instructor
Doreen Kelley, 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 learn the major requirements through the website of the Linguistics department at Swarthmore College (http://www.swarthmore.edu/SocSci/Linguistics/). Contact the department at Swarthmore or Shizhe Huang at Haverford 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 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 B101 Introduction to Linguistics
  • LING H240 Literature and Cognition
  • 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
  • LING/CMSC B325 Computational Linguistics
  • LING/SPAN H365 The Politics of Language in the Spanish-Speaking World
  • LING/EAST H382 Topics in Chinese Syntax and Semantics

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

Bryn Mawr College currently offers the following courses in Linguistics:

  • LING B101    Introduction to Linguistics
  • LING B325 Computational Linguistics

Haverford College currently offers the following courses in Linguistics:

  • LING H114    Introduction to Semantics
  • LING H115    Phonetics and Phonology
  • LING H238    Psychology of Language
  • LING H240    Literature and Cognition
  • LING H282    Structure of Chinese
  • LING H365    The Politics of Language in the Spanish-Speaking World
  • LING H382    Topics in Chinese Syntax and Semantics

Swarthmore College currently offers the following courses in Linguistics:

Fall 2011

  • LING S001    Introduction to Linguistics
  • LING S002    FYS: Taboo Terms and Slang
  • LING S007    Hebrew for Text Study I
  • LING S023    Sign Language/Sociao Contexts
  • LING S025    Language, Culture & Society
  • 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 S053    Language Minority Education
  • LING S075    Field Methods
  • LING S094    Special Project in Linguistics
  • LING S095    Community Service Cr: Lang&Deaf
  • LING S097    Field Research
  • LING S100    Research Seminar
  • LING S195    Senior Honors Thesis