The interdisciplinary minor in linguistics requires LIN/ANT 150 Introduction to Linguistics, and 12 additional hours. Students minoring in linguistics are strongly encouraged to study foreign languages, achieving proficiency in at least one, and social and behavioral sciences. The minor may be usefully combined with a major in a foreign language, English, anthropology (or other social science), philosophy, or communication.
The 12 hours in addition to LIN/ANT 150 may be chosen from the following three groups: linguistics courses, historical linguistics, and related topics. It is strongly recommended that at least one course be from historical linguistics.
Students intending to minor in linguistics should consult the Linguistics minor program coordinator, preferably during their sophomore year. Students may choose from the approved list of electives when designing their minor. Additional elective courses may have been approved since the latest bulletin publication. The program coordinator maintains a complete list of all elective courses that fulfill the minor.
Group 1: General Linguistics
|LIN /ANT 150||Introduction to Linguistics||The social phenomenon of language: how it originated and developed, how it is learned and used, its relationship to other kinds of behavior; types of language (oral, written, signed) and language families; analysis of linguistic data; social issues of language use. (3h)|
|LIN 310||Sociolinguistics and Dialectology||A study of variation in language: effects of regional background, social class, ethic group, gender and setting; social attitudes towards language; outcomes of linguistic conflicts in the community; evolution of research methods for investigating language differences and the diffusion of change. (3h)|
|LIN 330||Introduction to Psycholinguistics and Language Acquisition||Psychological and linguistic study of the mental processes underlying the acquisition and use of language; how children acquire the structure of language and how adults make use of linguistic systems (3h)|
|LIN /ANT 333||Language and Gender||Relationships among language structure, language use, and social categories, focusing on men’s and women’s speech, attempts to create gender neutrality in language, grammatical and social gender, and the role of language use in the (re)production of gendered identities and social roles.|
|LIN 337||TESOL Linguistics||An introduction to the theoretical and practical linguistics resources and skills for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) within the United States or abroad. Also listed as Edu 337. P--Lin 150 or Eng 304; knowledge of a second language is recommended.|
|LIN 340||Topics in Linguistics||An interdisciplinary study of selected topics, such as morphology, phonology/phonetics, syntax, historical linguistics, history of linguistic theory, semiotics, ethnolinguistics, issues in Asian linguistics, language and gender. P--Lin. 150 or permission of instructor.|
|LIN 351||Comparative Communication||A comparison of communicative and linguistic processes in one or more national cultures with those of the United States. (Also listed as Communication 351.) P--Lin. 150 or permission of instructor. Options (vary by year): 351A Japan, 351B Russia, 351C Great Britain, 351D Multiple Countries, 351E China.|
|LIN 375||Philosophy of Language||A study of such philosophical issues about language as truth and meaning, reference and description, proper names, indexicals, modality, tense, the semantic paradoxes, and the differences between languages and other sorts of sign systems. P--Permission of instructor. (Also listed as Philosophy 375)|
|LIN 380||Language Use and Technology||Introduction to the fundamental concepts of creating and accessing large linguistic corpora (electronic collections of “real world” text) for linguistic inquiry. Course surveys a variety of cross-discipline efforts that employ corpus data for research and explores current applications. P-POI|
|LIN 383||Language Engineering: Localization & Terminology||Introduction to the process of making a product linguistically and culturally appropriate to the target locale, and to computer-assisted terminology management. Surveys applications in translation technology. P--Permission of instructor.|
|LIN 398/ 399||Independent Study||A reading and research course designed to meet the needs of selected students, to be carried out under the supervision of a faculty member in the linguistics minor program. P--Lin/Ant. 150 and permission of instructor.|
Group 2: Historical Linguistics
|ENG 304||History of the English Language|
|RUS 332||History of the Russian Language|
|SPA 321||Rise of Spanish (History of the Spanish Language)|
|FRH 341||Rise of French (History of the French Language)|
|GES 345||History of the German Language|
Group 3: Related Topics
|ANT 355||Language and Culture|
|ENG 390||The Structure of English|
|FRH 222||French Phonetics|
|FRH 342||Modern French|
|FRH 344||The French-speaking World|
|FRH 345||Language and Society|
|RUS 230||The Structure of Russian|
|SPA 322||Spanish Phonology (Spanish Pronunciation and Dialect Variation)|
|SPA 324||Contrastive Spanish/ English Grammar and Stylistics|
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Periodically during the semester, WFU faculty and friends in languages and linguistics gather in Greene Hall 528 to discuss their research and current topics in the field.
For more information on our current schedule of Lingustics Circle presentations and talks subscribe to the Linguistics minor calendar, join our campus listserv or refer to this site's calendar of upcoming events.