2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog


Bi-Co students may major or minor in the Tri-Co Linguistics Department (Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Swarthmore).


Bryn Mawr College

Deepak Kumar, Professor of Computer Science
Amanda Weidman, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Haverford College

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

Swarthmore College

Shelley DePaul, Instructor of Linguistics
Aaron Dinkin, Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Theodore Fernald, Professor of Linguistics
K. David Harrison, Associate Professor of Linguistics
Doreen Kelley, Instructor of Linguistics
Donna Jo Napoli, Professor of Linguistics
Nathan Sanders, Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Linguistics is the scientific 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, Mathematics, Computer Science, Sociology and Anthropology. (Some of our students have double majored with one of them.)

The primary goals of the linguistics major 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

The Tri-Co Linguistics Department offers two majors:

  • Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language (Ling&Lang)

Students may learn more about the major requirements at the following websites:


1. All majors must take one course or seminar from each of the following three categories:

  • Sounds: LING H115 at HC or LING045, 052 at SC
  • Forms: LING H113 at HC or LING050 at SC
  • Meanings: LING H114 at HC or LING026, 040 at SC

2. All majors are required to take the structure of a non-Indo-European Language, typically LING282 at HC, or LING061, 062, 064 at SC.

3. All majors must take two elective courses in Linguistics or related fields.

4. In addition, all majors are required to write a senior thesis in the fall of their senior year in LING100 (Research Seminar). This thesis constitutes the comprehensive requirement. The course can be taken for one or two credits.

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/PHIL H253 Analytic Philosophy of Language
  • LING/PHIL H260 Historical Introduction to Logic
  • LING/ANTH B281 Language in the Social Context
  • 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

Departmental Honors for Bi-Co Majors

Honors will be granted, at the discretion of the faculty members, to those senior majors who have consistently distinguished themselves in major-related course work (typically with a GPA of 3.7 or higher), active and constructive participation in the intellectual life of the department, and an outstanding senior thesis. A senior major may receive high honors if deemed exceptional in all three areas.

For Bi-Co students who plan to declare either major in the Linguistics Department:

At the college level, students must fill out the major declaration form as required by the Registrar’s Office of your college.

At the departmental level, students must fill out the Sophomore Paper available at the Linguistics Department website (www.haverford.edu/linguistics/), scan it and email it to Shizhe Huang (shuang@haverford.edu) AND Dorothy Kunzig (dkunzig1@swarthmore.edu).

Contact Information for Bi-Co students:

Shizhe Huang
Co-Chair of the Linguistics Department

Bryn Mawr College currently offers the courses in Linguistics:

LING B101    Introduction to Linguistics
LING B281    Language in Social Context
CMSC B325  Computational Linguistics

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 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:

LING S001    Intro to Linguistics (W)
LING S010    Hebrew for Text Study II
LING S020    Natural Language Processing
LING S025    Language, Culture & Society
LING S034    Psychology of Language
LING S040    Semantics (W)
LING S045    Phonetics & Phonology
LING S050    Syntax (W)
LING S064    Structure of Tuvan
LING S070    Translation Workshop
LING S075    Field Methods
LING S100    Research Seminar