Academics
Areas of Study

LIN-510

LIN-510 Introduction to First and Second Language Acquisition

This course introduces students to the acquisition of a native language by young children (L1 acquisition) and acquisition of a second language after childhood (L2...

LIN-521

LIN-521 Introduction to Cognitive Linguistics

This course is an introduction to the cognitivist approach to linguistics, in which language and thought are taken to be grounded in basic human experiences...

LIN-522

LIN-522 Psycholinguistics of Sign Languages

Deaf and hearing people around the world acquire, produce and perceive sign languages. This course takes an in-depth look at how they acquire, produce and...

LIN-525

LIN-525 Cognitive Linguistics and Translation

This course applies cognitive linguistic notions to a variety of issues in translation and other language contact domains within signed language communities. Cognitive linguistics posits...

LIN-537

LIN-537 Depiction, Iconicity, and Gesture

Students are introduced to a descriptive framework with which to identify and analyze iconicity and depiction in ASL and other signed languages and spoken languages...

LIN-541

LIN-541 Introduction to Sociolinguistics

Sociolinguistics is the discipline that studies the interaction of language and social life. This course will examine the major areas of sociolinguistics, including multilingualism, language...

LIN-543

LIN-543 Bilingualism

This course explores bilingualism, with a special emphasis on bilingualism in the Gallaudet community. We will examine the place of bilingualism and multilingualism in the...

LIN-545

LIN-545 Language as Social Practice

This course is a theoretical introduction to the study of language as social practice. It is social theory for those interested in language. It is...

LIN-555

LIN-555 Applied Linguistics as Engaged Research

This seminar format course offers a broad introduction to the study of the various ways linguists apply their work through engagement with communities outside of...

LIN-571

LIN-571 Field Methods

This course will provide students with experience in gathering and analyzing data from a sign language other than ASL. The particular language selected will vary...

LIN-572

LIN-572 Language Documentation

This seminar will explore language documentation with an emphasis on practices related to the documentation of signed languages. We will first examine different ways language...

LIN-585

LIN-585 Prosody in Sign and Spoken Languages

This course introduces students to the theories and methods of analyzing prosody in signed and spoken languages. These prosodic features play a critical role in...

LIN-595

LIN-595 Special Topics

Grading System: letter grades only.

LIN-595 Special Topics
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Credit 1-3

LIN-661

LIN-661 Brief Introduction to the Structure of American Sign Language

A survey of the major features of the linguistics structure and social uses of American Sign Language. The course will cover four major topics: (1)...

LIN-662

LIN-662 Survey of American Sign Language Phonology

This course has four parts. Part one covers basic phonetic notation and includes practice in the phonetic description of lexical signs of ASL. This will...

LIN-663

LIN-663 Morphology of ASL Verbs

This course will focus on the use of space and the behavior of verbs that use space in meaningful ways in American Sign Language. Major...

LIN-664

LIN-664 Survey of American Sign Language Syntax

This course begins by examining the various roles of nonmanual signals within ASL grammar and ASL discourse. This leads to the role of nonmanual signs...

LIN-665

LIN-665 Sociolinguistics of the Deaf Community

This course provides an overview of the major areas of sociolinguistics and of current sociolinguistic thinking, with a focus on the Deaf community. It begins...

LIN-670

LIN-670 Introduction to First Language Acquisition by Children

This course introduces students to the processes by which children acquire their first language, focusing on the major milestones of phonological and syntactic development. Children...

LIN-671

LIN-671 Introduction to Acquisition of Sign Language

Modern linguistic theory, traditionally based on research conducted on spoken languages, has benefited greatly from recent linguistic investigation of sign languages. Findings of similarities between...

LIN-695

LIN-695 Special Topics

Grading System: letter grades or pass/fail at the option of the instructor.

LIN-695 Special Topics
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Credit 1-3

LIN-699

LIN-699 Independent Study

Grading System: letter grades or pass/fail at the option of the instructor. Individualized course of study focusingon particular problem not covered in regular courses.

LIN-701

LIN-701 Phonology I

An introduction to the principles of linguistic study, with a concentrated focus on phonology and phonological theory as applied to English and ASL. Topics will...

LIN-701 Phonology I
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Credit 4

LIN-702

LIN-702 Generative Linguistics I

This course provides an introduction to generative linguistics and principles of syntactic argumentation within the generative tradition. Topics include Parts of Speech, Phrase Structure rules,...

LIN-703

LIN-703 Proseminar

This course will introduce students to the profession of linguistics, its history and subfields, as well as the research specializations of department faculty. Students will...

LIN-703 Proseminar
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Credit 1

LIN-705

LIN-705 Introduction to Language and Communication

A comprehensive introduction to the science of language and communication. Topics include an introduction to levels of language and language study, language variation, discourse analysis,...

LIN-707

LIN-707 The Structure of Language: English and American Sign Language

A comprehensive introduction to the linguistic structures of English and American Sign Language. Topics include phonetics and phonemics; phonological processes; the identification, structure, and distribution...

LIN-721

LIN-721 Cognitive Linguistics I

This is the first of a three-course sequence focusing on a cognitive linguistics approach to ASL. Examination of semiotic diversity in ASL from the perspective...

LIN-731

LIN-731 Phonology II

This course builds on foundational material presented in Phonology I. Students will investigate the phonological structure of signs in American Sign Language. Part one (I)...

LIN-732

LIN-732 Cognitive Linguistics II

This course is a continuation of LIN 721, with discussion of the tenets of cognitive linguistics, particularly the view that lexicon and grammar are a...

LIN-733

LIN-733 Generative Linguistics II

This course builds on foundational material presented in Generative Linguistics I and extends them to the study of ASL and other sign languages. Lectures include...

LIN-741

LIN-741 Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities

An examination of the theories and principles of sociolinguistics with specific reference to sign languages and Deaf communities around the world. Topics include multilingualism, bilingualism,...

LIN-745

LIN-745 Languages and Cultures in Deaf Communities

This course explores the relationships between language and culture from an anthropological and sociolinguistic point of view. Students are introduced to various approaches to qualitative...

LIN-750

LIN-750 Research Methods in Linguistics

Guided fieldwork experience in ASL linguistics with emphasis on data gathering and analysis. Students select research topics within a specific domain of ASL established by...

LIN-763

LIN-763 American Sign Language Structure for Professionals in Deaf Education

A survey of the major features of the linguistic structure and social uses of American Sign Language. The course will cover four major topics: 1)...

LIN-795

LIN-795 Special Topics

Grading System: letter grades only.

LIN-795 Special Topics
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Credit 1-3

LIN-799

LIN-799 Independent Study

Independent studies enable advanced study of a topic, of interest to the student and the faculty member, not covered in the curriculum. Independent studies should...

LIN-801

LIN-801 Phonology III

This course is an advanced seminar focusing on phonological theory, building on foundational material presented in Phonology I and Phonology II. Topics will vary depending...

LIN-802

LIN-802 Generative Linguistics III

This course is an advanced seminar focusing on generative approaches to syntactic theory, building on foundational material presented in Generative Syntax I and Generative Syntax...

LIN-811

LIN-811 First Language Acquisition

This course examines general issues in first language acquisition, focusing on the period from birth to five years. It includes critical review of literature on...

LIN-812

LIN-812 Second Language Acquisition

This course will review current theory and research in second language acquisition (SLA) from linguistic and psychological perspectives, focusing on the influences of various theoretical...

LIN-822

LIN-822 Brain and Language

This seminar will review the literature on the neurological bases for language. Particular attention will be given to the relationship between spatial ability and linguistic...

LIN-824

LIN-824 Introduction to Mental Space Theory

A seminar focusing on mental space theory. Topics include introductory concepts in cognitive grammar, conceptual space, space builders, cross-space mappings, metaphor, analogy, metonymy, blended mental...

LIN-827

LIN-827 Cognitive Linguistics III

This seminar is the third course in the Cognitive Linguistic sequence of courses in the graduate linguistics program (the first two being LIN 721 and...

LIN-841

LIN-841 Discourse Analysis

The focus of this course is a comparison among six dominant approaches to the analysis of discourse: pragmatics, speech act theory, conversational analysis, interactional sociolinguistics,...

LIN-842

LIN-842 Discourse Analysis: Conversation

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to theories and methods of discourse analysis. This is a companion course, not a sequel, to...

LIN-843

LIN-843 Discourse Analysis: Narrative

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to theories and methods of discourse analysis. Narrative is chosen for study because it is primarily...

LIN-850

LIN-850 Historical Linguistics

This course focuses on language change. Topics include language families, methods of comparative reconstruction, phonological change, semantic change, and grammaticalization. We will evaluate the features...

LIN-855

LIN-855 Language Typology

In this course we survey the range of variation among world languages, both spoken and signed. Topics include tense/aspect systems, modals, representations of spatial concepts,...

LIN-860

LIN-860 Language Variation

An examination of analytical methods used in the study of variation and change in language structure and use, with a focus on sign language variation....

LIN-880

LIN-880 Guided Research Project

This course is required to be taken twice, typically beginning in the fall semester of students' first year in the Ph.D. program and continuing into...

LIN-883

LIN-883 Dissertation Concept Paper

This course serves as a transition from students' preparatory coursework to their dissertation proposal. Under supervision of a faculty member, students will complete a Concept...

LIN-890

LIN-890 Dissertation Proposal Development

In this course, students will develop their dissertation proposal, producing a research plan for answering the research questions posed in their Concept Paper. Emphasis will...

LIN-895

LIN-895 Special Topics

Grading System: letter grades only.

LIN-895 Special Topics
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Credit 1-3

LIN-899

LIN-899 Independent Study

Independent studies enable advanced study of a topic, of interest to the student and the faculty member, not covered in the curriculum. Independent studies should...

LIN-900

LIN-900 Dissertation Research

This course is for ABD students conducting any aspect of their dissertation research and writing.

LIN-101

LIN-101 Sign Language & Sign Systems

An introduction to the major features of languages and to the structure, use, and variation in the sign languages and sign systems commonly used in...

LIN-195

LIN-195 Special Topics

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for freshmen. Students may enroll in 195 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

LIN-195 Special Topics
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Credit 1-5

LIN-260

LIN-260 Structure of English

An introduction to the linguistic study of English, including phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and discourse structure. The course emphasizes a practical, hands-on approach in which...

LIN-263

LIN-263 Introduction to the Structure of American Sign Language

This course provides an introductory overview of the major linguistic structures of American Sign Language. Major topics are: phonology, morphology, syntax, language use, and linguistic...

LIN-295

LIN-295 Special Topics

Special Topics in the discipline, designed primarily for sophomores. Students may enroll in 295 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

LIN-295 Special Topics
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Credit 1-5

LIN-301

LIN-301 Introduction to Phonology and Morphology

This course provides a broad introduction to the principles of the linguistic structure and analysis of the phonetics, phonology, and morphology of ASL, English and...

LIN-302

LIN-302 Introduction to Syntax and Discourse

This course introduces students to theories and methods of two areas of study in linguistics: Syntax and Discourse. Syntax is concerned with the sentence as...

LIN-395

LIN-395 Special Topics

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for juniors. Students may enroll in 395 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.

LIN-395 Special Topics
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Credit 1-5

LIN-480

LIN-480 Linguistics Research Experience

This course will cover the different research traditions in linguistics, as well as the methodological issues involved in doing linguistic research. Students will learn how...

LIN-495

LIN-495 Special Topics

Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for seniors who are majors or minors. Students may enroll in 495 Special Topics multiple times, as long...

LIN-495 Special Topics
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Credit 1-5

LIN-499

LIN-499 Independent Study

Supervised study or research project in an area of the student's special interest. Title indicating the content must be available at registration.

LIN-510

LIN-510 Introduction to First and Second Language Acquisition

This course introduces students to the acquisition of a native language by young children (L1 acquisition) and acquisition of a second language after childhood (L2...

LIN-521

LIN-521 Introduction to Cognitive Linguistics

This course is an introduction to the cognitivist approach to linguistics, in which language and thought are taken to be grounded in basic human experiences...

LIN-522

LIN-522 Psycholinguistics of Sign Languages

Deaf and hearing people around the world acquire, produce and perceive sign languages. This course takes an in-depth look at how they acquire, produce and...

LIN-525

LIN-525 Cognitive Linguistics and Translation

This course applies cognitive linguistic notions to a variety of issues in translation and other language contact domains within signed language communities. Cognitive linguistics posits...

LIN-537

LIN-537 Depiction, Iconicity, and Gesture

Students are introduced to a descriptive framework with which to identify and analyze iconicity and depiction in ASL and other signed languages and spoken languages...

LIN-541

LIN-541 Introduction to Sociolinguistics

Sociolinguistics is the discipline that studies the interaction of language and social life. This course will examine the major areas of sociolinguistics, including multilingualism, language...

LIN-543

LIN-543 Bilingualism

This course explores bilingualism, with a special emphasis on bilingualism in the Gallaudet community. We will examine the place of bilingualism and multilingualism in the...

LIN-545

LIN-545 Language as Social Practice

This course is a theoretical introduction to the study of language as social practice. It is social theory for those interested in language. It is...

LIN-555

LIN-555 Applied Linguistics as Engaged Research

This seminar format course offers a broad introduction to the study of the various ways linguists apply their work through engagement with communities outside of...

LIN-571

LIN-571 Field Methods

This course will provide students with experience in gathering and analyzing data from a sign language other than ASL. The particular language selected will vary...

LIN-572

LIN-572 Language Documentation

This seminar will explore language documentation with an emphasis on practices related to the documentation of signed languages. We will first examine different ways language...

LIN-585

LIN-585 Prosody in Sign and Spoken Languages

This course introduces students to the theories and methods of analyzing prosody in signed and spoken languages. These prosodic features play a critical role in...

LIN-595

LIN-595 Special Topics

Grading System: letter grades only.

LIN-595 Special Topics
|

Credit 1-3

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