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  New Orleans, LA 70118
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  PROGRAM DIRECTOR:
  Olanike Orie
  oorie@tulane.edu

ANTH 1030 Languages of the World

This course aims to equip students with some basic facts about the world's languages, a fundamental prerequisite to understanding the nature of human language. We will be examining: (1) the diversity of languages across space and time, and (2) the fundamental similarities of languages. We will address a range of questions about language through an exploration of the following areas: language families and historical relationships, linguistic typology, language universals, sound and structure features of the world's languages, and writing systems.

ANTH 3150 Cognitive Anthropology

Cross-cultural investigation of human thinking and rationality. Assesses linguistic relativity; cognitive rationalism; comparative aspects of human classification and nomenclature of diverse semantic fields; the use of linguistic and cultural universals in attempts to define the nature of human thought processes; possible relationships among sociocultural evolution and the size and structure of given vocabularies in unrelated languages; and the problem of irrationality. See ANTH 6150.



ANTH 3290 The Nature of Language

Language as a reflection of the human mind and the role of language in defining the essence of humanity. Language and the expression of social values. Emphasis on analysis of primary linguistic data. Critical examination of theories of linguistic structure.

ANTH 3300 History of Writing

ANTH 3310 Introduction to Historical Linguistics

The investigation of language change and its causes. The reconstruction of earlier linguistic forms. The Indo-European language family. Selected problems in phonological and grammatical reconstruction.

ANTH 3400 Language and Culture (3)

Language, the complex symbolic system of our species, has the power to index, refer to, frame and reframe social reality. Cultures, shared symbolic and interactional systems, both shape and are shaped by language and its use. This course will explore speech communities around the world, their social practices and the language schemata which ground them: the quotidian instance of “asking for a drink” in Indonesia, the ritual of trading insults in inner city Detroit, the routine of formal and phatic greetings among the Kuna.

ANTH 3440 Dialectology (3)

Introduction to language variation both geographically and socially. The course looks at the history and methods of dialectology as well as the ways speakers demonstrate identity through speech patterns.

ANTH 3590 Introduction to Syntax

Introduction of transformational generative syntax, with examples from selected areas of English grammar. Formal models in grammatical description. Emphasis on the logic of linguistic argumentation.

ANTH 3630 Linguistic Phonetics

The course offers an overview of articulatory and acoustic phonetics with emphasis on matching acoustic cues closely with the articulatory gestures. The first part of the course will study the articulatory and acoustic cues to range of English and non-English speech sounds with information about the normal range of variation. The second part will focus on collecting and interpreting acoustic data, and using such data as evidence to solve phonological problems in normal and pathological speech.

ANTH 3640 Studies in Phonology

Prerequisite: ANTH 3630. This course provides an introduction to phonological analysisand theory, with strong emphasis on description and analysis of data from a wide variety of languages. Major issues to be addressed include universal principles of human phonological systems, language-specific variation, constraints on representation of rules, the relationship of phonology to morphological and syntactic components of the grammar, and the historical underpinnings of current theoretical models.

ANTH 3650 Morphology

This course provides an introduction to prosodic and non-prosodic morphology with emphasis on data analysis and argumentation. With data from a variety of languages, the first part of the course will examine non-prosodic morphological processes to highlight the typology of word structure across languages. The second part will examine morphological processes conditioned by prosody, and consider the various frameworks for analyzing the data; eventually, the course will work toward a dormal model like that of McCarth and Prince’s “Theory of Prosodic Morphology”. The main objectives of the course are: (1) to learn to analyze morphological data; (2) to learn to compare alternative analysis for a given set of data and to find evidence to choose between the alternative; (3) to learn to present linguistic analysis and argumentation in a coherent essay.

ANTH 3660 Discourse Analysis: Pragmatics of Language Use

Study of written and spoken texts from a variety of languages and language use contexts. Focus on structural aspects of language (noun phrase construction and anaphora, topicalization, focus constructions, word order, deictics, and definite reference) as they relate to the situated use of language.

ANTH 3670 Language and its Acquisition

This course provides an introduction to issues such as language and its relation to animal communication; the genetic basis of language ability and acquisition; neurological aspects of linguistic knowledge; first language acquisition. Emphasis will be laid on data collection, description, and analysis.

ANTH 3680 Language and Power

Exploration of the ways that language indexes, reflects, and constructs power. Cross-cultural study of the interrelationship of social ascriptions, attitudes toward groups and their members, and the speech patterns of in-group/out-group members. Examination of the manipulation of power and its linguistic correlates in the domains of medicine, the media, education, and the law. Effects of language policy, especially officialization and standardization, on speakers of minority languages or codes.

ANTH 3690 Language and Gender

An exploration of the structures of language, phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic, as they index, incross-culturally.

ANTH 6400 Culture and Language


ANTH 6420 Linguistics Field Methods

Prerequisite: approval of instructor. Acquiring and using techniques for conducting linguistic field work. Investigation of one or more languages by working with native speakers. Emphasis on defining problems, developing and testing hypotheses.

ANTH 6700 Spoken Nahuatl

The essentials of Nahuatl phonology, morphology, and syntax. Conversational practice and laboratory sessions along with emphasis on linguistic analysis of the language.

ANTH 6720 Spoken Yoruba

This course provides an introduction to the Yoruba language. Emphasis on grammar and vocabulary development, listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Practice in oral discussion will be enhanced by weekly dramatical presentations, poetry recitals, and story-telling.

ANTH 6800 Spoken Yucatecan Maya

The essentials of Yucatecan Maya phonology, morphology, and syntax. Oral/aural exercises and conversational practice with a native speaker.

ANTH 6810 Introduction to Maya Hieroglyphs

A survey of present knowledge about the nature of the pre-Columbian Maya writing system, including calendrical notation, astronomical calculations, the structure and content of phoneticism, and its relationship to other Mesoamerican writing systems.

ANTH 6820 Classical Yucatec

Morphology and syntax of Classical Yucatecan Maya. Palaeography and translation of Colonial Maya documents representing the following genres: land surveys and transfers, wills, official complaints, divinatory and/or prophetic texts.

ASTJ 1010, 1020 Beginning Japanese I, II

ASTJ 1010 Beginning Japanese I (4) Staff. Emphasizes conversational Japanese based on Romaji text. Includes study of basic grammar and introduction of hiragana, and katakana.

ASTJ 102 Beginning Japanese II (4) Staff. Prerequisite: ASTJ 1010 or equivalent. Emphasizes conversational Japanese based on text in hiragana, katakana, kanji. Includes study of complex grammar and introduction of approximately 100 kanji.

ASTJ 2030, 2040 Intermediate Japanese I, II

ASTJ 2030 Intermediate Japanese I (4) Staff. Prerequisite: ASTJ 1020 or equivalent. Conversation, reading, and writing based on text in hiragana, katakana and kanji. Continuation of study of complex grammar and introduction of approximately 100 additional kanji.

ASTJ 2040 Intermediate Japanese II (4) Staff. Prerequisite: ASTJ 2030 or equivalent. Conversation, reading, and writing based on text in hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Continuation of study of complex grammar and introduction of approximately 150 additional kanji.

ENLS 4020 Structure of English Language

Staff. An introduction to the structures of language and its subsystems, phonology, semantics, and syntax with special attention to current linguistic approaches to grammar. Students enrolled in the English Teacher Education Program may use 4020 in place of one 5000-level course.

ENLS 4050 History of the Language

Mr. Kuczynski, Mr. Liuzza. Consideration of general linguistic processes and the social history of the language in the earlier periods.

ENLS 4070 Introduction to Old English

Mr. Kuczynski, Mr. Liuzza. A brief introduction to the grammar of Old English and a study of Old English poetry and prose in their cultural contexts. Readings in both Old English and translation.

FREN 3140 French Phonetics

Mr. Klingler. Prerequisite: FREN 2030 or equivalent. The study of the sound system of French for improving pronunciation. Students learn the fundamental concepts of phonetics, phonemics, and contrastive analysis while also practicing French pronunciation and learning to convert French spelling into phonetic transcription using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Independent work in the language laboratory is an important component of the course. Option for the major and minor in French.

FREN 4100 French in Louisiana

Mr. Klingler. Prerequisite: 300 level or equivalent. An introduction to the French-related language varieties spoken in Louisiana: Cajun, Creole and Colonial French. Examines the history of their implantation and development in Louisiana, their basic structural features, and the main sociolinguistic issues surrounding their use. Attention will also be given to language planning measures currently being taken to revitalize the French language in the state. A writing practicum is available. French majors may use it to fulfill the college writing requirement. Same as FREN 6100.

FREN 4110 Field Research on French in Louisiana (3)

Mr. Klingler. No prerequisites but FREN 3140, 4100, and/or courses in linguistics are highly recommended. Students will interview and record speakers of Cajun, Creole, and Colonial French in various parts of Louisiana. Working individually and in groups, they will then transcribe the recordings for purposes of linguistic description and analysis. A writing practicum is available. French majors may use it to fulfill the college writing requirement. Same as FREN 6110.

FREN 4160 Translation Theory and Practice

Mr. Watts. Prerequisite: 3000 level or equivalent. This course will provide students with the tools to translate a variety of types of texts (mostly literary, but also legal, journalistic, commercial, etc.) and to introduce them to translation theory as it relates to the problem of translating cultural difference and to the issues of originality, authorship, and the “ownership” of the text. Students will translate from French to English as well as from English to French. Course taught principally in English. Reading knowledge of French required. Same as FREN 6160.

FREN 6110 Field Research on French in Louisiana

See FREN 3110 for course description.

FREN 6210 History of the French Language

Ms. Poe. The development of Latin into French and subsequent evolution of the latter through the Old French period.

FREN 6910 Special Problems in French Linguistics

Mr. Klingler, Ms. Poe. Subject varies with instructor. Principally reading and research.

GERM 3650 Advanced Russian Grammar

GERM 3720 Translation: Theory and Practice of an Impossible Art

Mr. Fisher. Prerequisite: approval of instructor. Proficiency in German required. Course introduces students to both practical and theoretical problems posed by translation in general and by English-German translation in particular. This class will learn by practicing translation and by reading theoretical texts about translation. Texts will include literature, news reports, and film subtitles.

GERM 6070 Slavic Contributions to Linguistics

Mr. Cummins. Lectures, readings and discussions, in English, of the Prague and Moscow schools of linguistics. Markedness theory, child language, discourse theory, formalist criticism, pragmatics and related topics. Open to juniors, seniors and graduate students in linguistics, literary theory, and allied disciplines. May be counted toward the major with departmental approval. Includes a unit on the structure of German. May be counted toward a German Cultural Studies major.

HBRW 1010 Introductory Hebrew

HBRW 1020 Intermediate Hebrew

LING 3010 Semantics

Mr. Howard. What does the word “cat” mean? This course looks at three answers. One says that “cat” is just the set of all cats. Another says that “cat” refers to a prototypical cat, one described by the characteristics common to all the cats that you have ever seen. The third answer says that “cat” is the word that the brain associates with the cats that you saw when you were younger. Each of these answers assumes that the mind works in a certain way, so the right one tells us something about how the mind works in situations that have nothing to do with the meaning of “cat”.

LING 3430 Semantics of Natural Language

Mr. Forbes. An introduction to the study of meaning in natural languages. The central techniques involve extending the methods of logical semantics for formal languages. No prerequisites, but prior exposure either to generative grammar (e.g., ANTH 3590) or symbolic logic (e.g., PHIL 1210) would not be wasted. Same as PHIL 3430.

LING 3890 Service Learning

Staff. Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Students complete a service activity in the community in conjunction with the content of a three-credit corequisite course.

LING 4110 Brain and Language

Mr. Howard. The goal of this course is to learn how the brain is organized to produce and comprehend language and to understand linguistic disorders attendant on brain damage. There is an optional service learning component in which students can work with a speech therapist at a local health-care provider.

LING H4910, H4920 Independent Studies

LING H4990, H5000 Honors Thesis

Staff. Prerequisites: approval of program coordinator and course director. Thesis may involve field study as well as intensive reading and research in a selected subfield within linguistics.

LING 6810, 6820 Special Topics in Linguistics (3, 3)

Staff. Special topics in linguistics. For description consult the director.

MATH 1110, 1120 Probability and Statistics

Staff. Prerequisite: high school algebra. Elementary probability theory with applications; random variables; distributions including a thorough discussion of the binomial, Poisson, and normal distributions; central limit theorem; histograms; sampling distributions; confidence intervals; tests of hypotheses; linear models; regression and correlation; chi-square test; non-parametric statistics; bioassay; sensitivity experiments; sequential test. 1110 is a prerequisite for 1120.

MATH 3010 Probability and Statistics

Staff. Prerequisite: MATH 2210. An introduction to statistics and the necessary probability background. Binomial, Poisson, and normal distribution; independence; sampling distribution; confidence intervals and hypothesis tests on the mean; variance; proportions; goodness of fit; contingency tables; linear regression.

PHIL 1210 Elementary Symbolic Logic

Mr. Forbes, Mr. Lee, Mr. Lodge. The course concerns techniques of analyzing sentences and arguments by uncovering the formal structures and relations which underlie them. This involves translating ordinary language into the symbolic formulas of elementary logical systems and proving formalized arguments. This course satisfies the mathematics proficiency requirement.

PHIL 3040 Mathematical Logic

Mr. Forbes. Prerequisite: PHIL 1210 or two courses in mathematics. An introduction to and survey of the mathematical study of formalized logical systems.

PHIL 3430 Semantics of Natural Language

Mr. Forbes. An introduction to the study of meaning in natural languages. The central techniques involve extending the methods of logical semantics for formal languages. No prerequisites, but prior exposure either to generative grammar (e.g., ANTH 3590) or symbolic logic (e.g., PHIL 1210) would not be wasted. Same as LING 3430.

PHIL 3800 Language and Thought

Mr. Bogdan. An introduction to the philosophy of language and mental representation. Major topics: the relation between language and thought, models of mind, representation as computation, the language of thought, mental imagery, propositional attitudes, meaning and intentionality.

PHIL 6060 Advanced Symbolic Logic

Mr. Lee. Prerequisite: PHIL 1210 or equivalent. Translation of propositions into quantified formulas with single-place and relational predicates. Deduction by quantification rules. Also, theorematic development of an axiomatic logistic system.

PHIL 6180 Mental Representation

Mr. Bogdan. Prerequisite: approval of instructor. A survey and evaluation of major theories of mental representation drawing on recent work in philosophy of mind, cognitive psychology, linguistics, semantics, and artificial intelligence. Major topics: linguistic representation, the language of thought, propositional attitudes, mental imagery, and innate representations.

PHIL 6620 Philosophical Logic

Mr. Forbes. Prerequisite: approval of instructor. Central topics in philosophical logic are covered, including reference, predication, vagueness, logical form, counterfactuals, propositional attitudes, logical truth, paradoxes.

PSYC 3070 Thinking and Information Processing

Staff. Prerequisite: PSYC 2120. Experiments and theories pertaining to processing, transformation, retention, and utilization of stimulus information. Perceptual coding and judgments, concept formation, problem solving, and decision processes. Application of statistical procedures. Satisfies laboratory requirement.

PSYC 3140 Sensory Processes and Perception

Staff. Prerequisite: PSYC 2120. A survey of the sensory and perceptual systems with emphasis on stimulus specification, methodology of experimentation, application of statistical procedure, and physiological bases of sensory processes and perception. Satisfies laboratory requirement.

PSYC 3510, 3520 Special Projects in Psychology (adviser approval required)

Staff. Prerequisite: approval of supervising faculty member. Supervised research activity for psychology majors.

PSYC 3670 Brain and Behavior

Mr. Colombo, Mr. Dohanich. Prerequisite: PSYC 1000, H1010 or 1020. Lectures cover the function and structure of the nervous system and the role of brain activity in the regulation of behavior. This course provides psychology majors with a first exposure to the biological bases of behavior and is not recommended for students who have taken other courses in this area of study. Credit may not be received for both CELL 1230 and PSYC 3670 or PSYC 3670.

PSYC 6570 Cognitive Neuroscience

Mr. Dien. Prerequisites: PSYC 2120 and PSYC 3670. An introduction to the use of neuroimaging methods such as electroencephalography and functional magnetic resonance imaging to answer questions about cognitive psychology and the use of cognitive psychology to answer questions about neuroscience. Topics will cover such issues as perception, attention, memory, language, motor systems, and emotions.

PSYC 6580 Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory

Mr. Dien. Corequisite: PSYC 6570. Prerequisites: PSYC 2120 and PSYC 3670 or approval of instructor. A laboratory course in which students will be introduced to the methods of cognitive neuroscience, including neural networks, event-related potentials, and functional magnetic resonance imaging. Students will design and carry out simple cognitive experiments to examine issues of hemispheric laterality.

SOCI 3030 Introduction to Research Design

Staff. Prerequisite: SOCI 2010 or approval of instructor. Logic and techniques of social research, the relationships between theory and method, and alternative strategies in data collection.

SOCI 3040 Introduction to Research Analysis

Staff. Prerequisite: SOCI 3030 or approval of instructor. Basic training in descriptive and inferential statistics with social science applications. Topics include measurement, tabular and graphic displays of data, central tendency, dispersion, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, and linear regression.

SOCI 6440 Language Behavior and Communications

Staff. Prerequisites: SOCI 3040 and SOCI 3220 or approval of instructor. An examination of the intersection of psychosocial processes and the machinery of grammar and lexicon. Examination of the areas of aphasia, mental disorders, language acquisition, and cognition with an emphasis on cross-cultural methods and experimental design.

SPAN 4260 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology

Mr. Howard. Prerequisite: SPAN 2030. A detailed investigation of the speech sounds of Spanish, their organization, and their proper articulation. Practice both in class and with recorded material.

SPAN 4270 Iberoamerican Dialectology

Mr. Howard. Survey of the varieties of Spanish spoken in Spain, Latin America, and the United States. We will look at variation in pronunciation and grammatical usage, such as the tu/usted/vos, as well as variation by age, gender, and social class.

SPAN 6010 Methods of Teaching Spanish and Portuguese

Mr. Howard. Prerequisite: junior standing. A general survey of applied linguistics, teaching and testing methodology, and language laboratory use.

SPAN 6060 Hispanic Bilingualism

Mr. Howard. This course is to teach students about the sociology of language from specific cases of language content and bilingualism in the Spanish-speaking world. The student will learn about Spanish in many varied social settings, as well as about first and second language acquisition; language maintenance, shift, and death; code switching; speech production and processing; and bilingual education and language policy.

SPAN 6080 Special Topics in Applied Linguistics (3)

Staff. The purpose of this course is to assist future teachers interested in second language learning and teaching, both in terms of theoretical issues and practical implications. Subject varies every semester.

SPAN 6510 History of the Spanish Language

Ms. Dangler, Mr. Howard. Evolution of Castilian from pre-Roman times through the Middle Ages with consideration of internal change and outside influences.

THEA 3090 Stage Speech

Mr. Schierhorn. Corrective work on individual regional speech habits, articulation, and phrasing.

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