Tri-Co Program in Linguistics

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

Faculty

Shizhe Huang, C.V. Starr Professor of Asian Studies, Associate Professor of Chinese and Linguistics (Co-chair for Haverford-Bryn Mawr)
Brook D. Lillehaugen, Assistant Professor of Linguistics (Tri-College)

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

Haverford
Marilyn Boltz, Professor of Psychology
Danielle Macbeth, T. Wistar Brown Professor of Philosophy
Maud McInerney, Associate Professor of English
Ana López-Sánchez, Assistant Professor of Spanish

Swarthmore
Shelley DePaul, Instructor of Lenape Language Study
Melanie Drolsbaugh, Instructor of American Sign Language
Theodore Fernald, Professor of Linguistics (Co-Chair for Swarthmore)
Emily Gasser, Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics
K. David Harrison, Associate Professor of Linguistics
Donna Jo Napoli, Professor of Linguistics
Nathan Sanders, Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Jamie Thomas, Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Linguistics is the scientific study of language, the medium that 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 prepares students for future pursuits in any field in which such skills are essential. Linguistics is also relevant to other disciplines, such as Computer Science, particularly Computational Linguistics, Neuroscience, Psychology, Philosophy, Mathematics, Sociology and Anthropology.

The primary objectives 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
  • provide training in the application of theoretical and methodological tools to the analysis of linguistic data, particularly in forming and testing hypotheses, and arriving at conclusions that the data and arguments support
  • 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

All Linguistics majors must complete seven courses in the following three areas of study:

• Three Foundational courses:
Forms: LING H113 or LING S050
Meanings: LING H114 or LING S040 or S026
Sounds: LING H115 or LING S045

• One Course in the structure of a non-Indo-European Language, typically LING H215 or LING H282, or LING S060, S062, or S064

• Three elective courses in Linguistics or related fields.There are three ways to meet this requirement:

All Tri-Co Linguistics courses can count as electives if they are not counted as required courses.

Linguistics Courses taken during Study Abroad that have been preapproved by the chair.

The following courses that have been either cross-listed with Linguistics or have been on our approved course list:
LING/ENGL H213 Inventing (the) English
LING/PSYC H238 The Psychology of Language
PHIL H253 Analytic Philosophy of Language
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

All Linguistics and Language majors, must complete 10 courses:

• Three Foundational courses:
Forms: LING H113 or LING S050:
Meaning: LING H114 or LING S040 or S026
Sounds: LING H115 or LING S045

• One Course in the structure of a non-Indo- European Language, typically LING H215, or LING H282, or LING S060, S062, or S064

• Six courses in two languages, three courses each, reaching the Third-Year level (at least one course) in both languages.

Senior Thesis

All majors (Linguistics, and Linguistics and Language) must complete a one-credit senior thesis in the fall of the senior year in LING 399 (Research Seminar). This thesis constitutes the comprehensive requirement.

Departmental Honors

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.

Minor Requirements

Students may minor in linguistics by completing six course units: Category A (three courses), Category B (one course), and Category C (two courses).

Students may minor in linguistics through Haverford by completing six units in the following three areas of study:

A. Mandatory Foundation Courses (three units):
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/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

COURSES

LING B101 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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Lillehaugen,B.
(Fall 2014)

LING B281 Language in Social Context
Studies of language in society have moved from the idea that language reflects social position/identity to the idea that language plays an active role in shaping and negotiating social position, identity, and experience. This course will explore the implications of this shift by providing an introduction to the fields of sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology. We will be particularly concerned with the ways in which language is implicated in the social construction of gender, race, class, and cultural/national identity. The course will develop students’ skills in the ethnographic analysis of communication through several short ethnographic projects. Prerequisite: ANTH 102 or permission of instructor.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B281
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

LING B325 Computational Linguistics
Introduction to computational models of understanding and processing human languages. How elements of linguistics, computer science, and artificial intelligence can be combined to help computers process human language and to help linguists understand language through computer models. Topics covered: syntax, semantics, pragmatics, generation and knowledge representation techniques. Prerequisite: CMSC 206 , or H106 and CMSC 231 or permission of instructor.
Crosslisting(s): CMSC-B325
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)