Northeastern Illinois University

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

LING-110 Lexicology: The Study of Words, 3 cr.
Introduction to the study of words, with particular attention to English from an historical, structural, and sociolinguistic perspective.

LING-120 Language and Human Behavior, 3 cr.
Introduction to basic principles of psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics. Subjects covered may include dialect variation, language and the brain, child language acquisition, language and gender, conversational analysis, non-verbal behavioral, pidgins and creoles, and sign language. The course is designed for students having no background in linguistics.


LING-201 Introduction to General Linguistics, 3 cr.
Nature and structure of languages and American English in particular. An overview of the description of language systems in terms of phonology (sound systems), morphology (word formation), and syntax (sentence organization). May also include an introduction to the areas of semantics (word meaning), pragmatics (the rules of the use of language in social contexts and conversation), and dialectology (cultural and geographical varieties of language use), and a look at the history of English and its relationship to other languages.


LING 300 English Grammar in the Classroom, 3 cr.
This course introduces the basics of sentence structure in English with the purpose of enabling future teachers to teach English grammar successfully in a multicultural classroom. To this end, students will learn the forms and functions of spoken and written English and learn grammatical terminology. They will also investigate issues related to standard and non-standard varieties of English and to the relationship between grammar and language instruction.Prereq: LING-120 or LING-201


LING-301 History of the English Language, 3 cr.
Historical descriptive linguistic survey of English from its origins to modern English.  
Prereq: LING-201


LING 303 Grammars of English, 3 cr.
A descriptive and historical analysis of English grammar.Prereq: LING-201


LING-304 Introduction to Phonology, 3 cr.
Introduction to theories of sound patterning in language. Includes articulatory phonetics, phonemics, morpheme structure, phonological feature systems, and topics from generative phonology.Prereq: LING-201


LING-320 Language and Culture: Varies, 3 cr.
Anthropological, psychological and linguistic study of various aspects of the interconnections of language and culture. Topics may include Japan, Southeast Asia, Thailand, Maya, Latin America, Native American, Afro-American, the hearing impaired.
Prereq: LING-201


LING 320G -- Language/Culture: Aboriginal Australia, 3 cr.
This course focuses on the languages and cultures of Aboriginal Australia. It will examine a number of different linguistic features (phonological, morphological, and syntactic) found in a variety of Australian languages. In addition to structural features, the course will examine Aboriginal languages and their interaction within the social and cultural setting of traditional life as well as issues involving language and cultural contact with European powers. Prereq: LING 201


LING 320N -- Language/Culture: Native American, 3 cr.
This course focuses on the languages and cultures of native North America. It will examine a number of different linguistic features (phonological, morphological, and syntactic) found in a variety of North American languages. In addition to structural features, the course will examine languages and their interaction with social and cultural domains as well as issues of language contact. Prereq: LING 201


LING 320M, 3 cr.
This course introduces students to the relationship between language and culture. More precisely, we dismantle monolithic concepts of language and culture as we build our knowledge of the languages, cultures, values, facts, preconceptions and misconceptions associated with the region known as the Middle East. We also examine why and how certain associations are developed and how these associations construct social, cultural and linguistic expectations for ourselves and for others. We will turn to a variety of sources, including academic texts, articles, fiction, poetry, film and the visual arts to better grasp and appreciate the complex of languages and cultures of the region in general, with a more in-depth investigation of one of the nations in the region.
Prereq:
LING-201, 322,or consent of advisor


LING-322 Introduction to Sociolinguistics, 3 cr.
A look at language variation based on social contexts. Includes ethnic, regional and social dialects, language and gender, and pidgin and creole language systems


LING 338 Introduction to Syntatic Theory, 3 cr.
Following the ground work established over the past 20 years, this course will introduce students to modern syntactic theory as practiced within the Minimalist Program. An emphasis will be placed on the methodological and theoretical achievements of this area of research as developed in the past decade. Students will further examine the notions of functional and lexical projections, empty categories, feature checking operations, various kinds of movement and merge operations, and locality constraints.Prereq: LING-201 and LING-303


LING-345 Linguistics and Reading, 3 cr.
Relationship between language structure and the reading process with emphasis on the practical problems such as the variety of dialectally different sound-symbol-correspondences in English, the perception of speech sounds, the reader's interpretation of syntactic and semantic structures, various alphabetic systems for teaching beginning reading and an analysis of linguistics texts for teaching reading. Designed to be useful to the in-service classroom teacher as well as to undergraduates. 


LING 352 Introduction to Psycholinguistics, 3 cr.
This course introduces and explores the links between the physiological, cognitive, structural and sociolinguistic aspects of language. Students receive a comprehensive overview of the mechanisms involved in the production and comprehension of language and the development of language, memory and learning, from childhood and throughout adulthood. Various models of language production and comprehension are considered as we look at the interface between current linguistic principles and the brain.Prereq: LING-201 or consent of advisor


LING-360 Seminar in Linguistics: Varies, 3 cr.
Advanced study of selected topics in theoretical linguistics. Each student will do a research project and present the result of work done for evaluation. Topics may include the Development of American English, Linguistics and Literature, Semantic Analysis, Advanced Psycholinguistics.
Prereq: Consent of Advisor


LING-361 Introduction to World Englishes, 3 cr.
Examination of issues involved in the development, spread, and maintenance of varieties of English throughout the world, now commonly referred to as World Englishes.  This course emphasizes the historical, political, and ideological issues of globalization, nativization, post-colonialism, standardization, and pedagogy of native and non-native varieties of English.
Prereq: LING-201


LING 362 Linguistics and Literature, 3 cr.
This course presents an introduction to linguistic and discourse-analytic approaches to style in literary works. The study of literary language, most typically the domain of courses in literature, is also undertaken by linguists for the obvious reason that literature, as language, is composed of the structures and used for the functions that are the focus of formal and applied linguistic analysis. Linguistics and Literature focuses on the stylistic use of phonological, morphological, syntactic and semantic features; paralinguistic features of intonation, pitch, rhythm, stress, loudness, and speed; and speech acts and pragmatic conventions of indirectness, entailment, presupposition, implication, and persuasion.Prereq: LING-201 or permission of instructor