Graduate Courses in Linguistics

Department of Linguistics
UCLA

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200A. Phonological Theory I. (4)

Preparation: graduate linguistics student or grade of A in course 120A or equivalent course in phonology. Courses 200A and 201 form two-course survey of current research in phonological theory. Interaction of phonology with morphology and syntax, syllable structure, stress.

200B. Syntactic Theory I. (4)

Prerequisite: graduate standing in linguistics or grade of A in course 120B or equivalent course in syntax. In-depth introduction to selected topics in theory of constituent structure and syntax of predicates, arguments, and grammatical relations. Topics include levels of representation, X-bar theory, case theory, thematic roles, the lexicon, grammatical function-changing rules, head-complement relations.

200C. Semantic Theory I. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Overview of current results and research methods in linguistic semantics. Topics include generalized quantifiers and semantic universals, predicate argument structures, variable binding and pronominalization, formal semantic interpretation, syntax and LF, tense, ellipsis, and focus. Letter grading.

201. Phonological Theory II. (4)

Prerequisite: course 200A. Continuation of course 200A. Second course in two-course survey of current research in phonological theory. Topics include autosegmentalism (tone, tiers, segment structure), feature theory, underspecification, prosodic morphology.

202. Language Change. (4)

Prerequisites: courses 110, 200A, 200B. Survey of current theories and research problems in language change.

203. Phonetic Theory. (4)

Prerequisite: course 120A. Preliminaries to speech analysis. Functional anatomy of vocal organs; fundamental principles of acoustics and of acoustic theory of speech production; issues in perception of speech; nature and design of feature systems for phonetic and phonological analysis.

204. Experimental Phonetics. (4)

Requisite: course 103. Use of laboratory equipment to investigate articulatory, acoustic, and perceptual properties of speech. Topics include experimental design and statistics; theoretical basis of acoustic structure of speech sounds; computer-based speech processing, analysis, and modeling; perceptual and acoustic evaluation of synthetic speech.

205. Morphological Theory. (4)

Requisites: courses 200A, 200B. Survey of current theories and research problems in morphology. Nature of morphological structure; derivational and inflectional morphology; relation of morphology to phonology, syntax, and the lexicon.

206. Syntactic Theory II. (4)

Requisite: course 200B. In-depth introduction to selected topics in theory of movement processes and topics selected from following areas: WH-movement and related rules, subjacency and other constraints on movement; ECP and related conditions on distribution of empty categories; resumptive pronoun constructions; parametric variation in movement constructions; LF WH-movement; filters; reconstruction; parasitic gaps; barriers theory; control theory; null subject parameter.

207. Semantic Theory II. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Requisites: courses 200C, C180/C208. Survey of current approaches to model-theoretic semantics and its relation to current linguistic theory. Approaches include generalized categorial grammars, Montague grammar, Boolean-based systems, generalized quantifier theory, logical form. Letter grading.

C208. Mathematical Structures in Language I. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 120B. Recommended: Philosophy 31. Prior mathematics knowledge not assumed. Mathematical introduction to phonology, syntax, and semantics. Elementary material on logic, sets, functions, relations, and trees. Concurrently scheduled with course C180. Graduate students expected to complete additional problem sets. S/U or letter grading.

C209A. Computational Linguistics I. (4)

Requisites: courses 120B, C180. Recommended: course 165B or 200B. Survey of recent work on natural language processing, including basic syntactic parsing strategies, with brief glimpses of semantic representation, reasoning, and response generation. Concurrently scheduled with course C185A.

C209B. Computational Linguistics II. (4)

Requisite: course C185A/C209A. Extensions of basic language processing techniques to natural language processing. Recent models of syntactic, semantic, and discourse analysis, with particular attention to their linguistic sophistication and psychological plausibility. Concurrently scheduled with course C185B.

210A. Field Methods I . (4)

Lecture, four hours. Preparation: grade of B or better in course 103 or in examination on practical phonetics. Requisites: courses 200A, 200B. Analysis of a language unknown to members of class from data elicited from a native speaker of the language. Term papers to be relatively full descriptive sketches of the language. May be repeated for credit with topic change. S/U or letter grading.

210B. Field Methods II . (4)

Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 210A in preceding term. Because different languages are investigated in different years, course 210B can only be taken as direct continuation of 210A in same year. When there are multiple sections, continuation must be in same section. May be repeated for credit with topic change. S/U or letter grading.

C211. Intonation. (4)

Lecture, two hours; laboratory, two hours. Requisites: courses 20, 103, 120A or 120B. Recommended: course 104/204. Survey of intonational theory for English and other languages, with particular emphasis on phonological models of intonation. Laboratory equipment used for recording and analyzing intonation, and students learn to transcribe intonational elements. Concurrently scheduled with course C111.

212. Learnability Theory . (4)

Prerequisite: course C180/C208 or consent of instructor. Survey of some of most significant results on capabilities of learners, given precise assumptions about their memory, time, and computational power, and precise assumptions about information provided by the environment.

213A. Grammatical Development. (4)

Requisites: courses 200A, 200B. Recommended: course C130/C233. Survey of theoretical perspectives and contemporary empirical research in development of syntax and other components of grammar, with particular emphasis on acquisition theory, linguistic theory, and issues of learnability.

213B. Brain Bases for Language. (4)

Requisites: courses 200A, 200B. Recommended: course C135/C235. Survey of theoretical perspectives and contemporary empirical research in neurological and cognitive bases for language, language development, and language breakdown.

213C. Linguistic Processing. (4)

Requisites: courses 165B and/or 200B. Recommended: courses C132/C232, 206. Survey of theoretical perspectives and contemporary empirical research in human processing of language (comprehension and/or production), with emphasis on syntactic processing, ambiguity resolution, effects of memory load, and relationship between grammar and processor.

214. Survey of Current Syntactic Theories . (4)

Requisite: course 206. Survey of several current syntactic theories, compared with one another and with theory discussed in course 206, from point of view of theories' relative descriptive and explanatory power.

215. Syntactic Typology. (4)

Prerequisite: course 200B. Current results in word-order universals; genetic classification of the world's languages; cross-language properties of specific construction types, including relative clauses, passives, positive and negative conference systems, agreement systems, deixis systems, and types of sentence complements.

216. Syntactic Theory III. (4)

Requisite: course 206. Selected topics on syntactic theories of anaphora and quantification from the following areas: typology of binding categories (pronouns, anaphors, etc.); theory of locality conditions in binding theory; parametric variation in binding; quantifier movement; existential quantification and unselective binding; strong and weak crossover; superiority; scope interactions; complex quantifier structures.

217. Experimental Phonology. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 200A. Survey of experimental work that bears on claims about speakersí knowledge of phonology, including theories of lexicon, relation between perception and phonology, and universal markedness relations. Letter grading.

218. Mathematical Structures in Language II. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course C180/C208. In-depth study of generalized quantifier theory: selected topics from distinctive feature theory, formal syntax, partial orders and lattices, formal language theory, variable binding operators. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. S/U or letter grading.

219. Phonological Theory III. (4)

Current research and issues in phonological theory. Topics include structure of phonological representations, relations between representations, architecture of the grammar, and explanations for phonological theory.

220. Linguistic Areas . (4)

Requisites: courses 120A, and 120B or 127. Recommended: courses 165A/200A, 165B/200B. Analysis and classification of languages spoken in a particular area (e.g., Africa, the Balkans, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, Aboriginal North America, Aboriginal South America, Far East, etc.). May be repeated for credit with topic change.

225. Linguistic Structures . (4)

Requisites: courses 120A, and 120B or 127. Recommended: courses 165A/200A, 165B/200B. Phonological and grammatical structure of a selected language and its genetic relationships to others of its family. May be repeated for credit with topic change.

CM228A. Romance Syntax: French . (4)

(Same as Romance Linguistics M204A.) Lecture, four hours. Preparation: some knowledge of French (or a Romance language). Requisite: course 120B. Course CM228A is requisite to CM228B. Aspects of structure of French language, with emphasis on properties of construction not found in English. Concurrently scheduled with course C128A. S/U or letter grading.

CM228B. Romance Syntax: French . (4)

(Same as Romance Linguistics M204B.) Lecture, four hours. Preparation: some knowledge of French (or a Romance language). Requisites: courses 120B, CM228A. Aspects of structure of French language, with emphasis on properties of construction not found in English. Concurrently scheduled with course C128B. S/U or letter grading.

230. History of Linguistics . (4)

Requisites: courses 200A, 200B. Aspects of history of linguistics. Different course offerings may deal with different areas of linguistics (e.g., phonology, syntax) or with different historical periods. May be repeated for credit with topic change.

C232. Language Processing. (4)

Lecture, four hours; discussion/laboratory, one hour. Requisites: courses 20, 120A, 120B. Central issues in language comprehension and production, with emphasis on how theories in linguistics inform processing models. Topics include word understanding (with emphasis on spoken language), parsing, anaphora and inferencing, speech error models of sentence production, and computation of syntactic structure during production. Concurrently scheduled with course C132. Graduate students expected to read more advanced literature and produce research papers of greater depth. Letter grading.

C233. Language Development. (4)

Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Prerequisites: courses 20, 120A, and 120B, or consent of instructor. Survey of research and theoretical perspectives in language development in children. Discussion and examination of child language data from English and other languages. Emphasis on universals of language development. Topics include infant speech perception and production, development of phonology, morphology, syntax, and word meaning. Concurrently scheduled with course C130. Graduate students expected to apply more sophisticated knowledge and produce research paper of greater depth.

C235. Neurolinguistics. (4)

Requisites: courses 1 or 20, and C130. Examination of relationship between brain, language, and linguistic theory, with evidence presented from atypical language development and language disorders in the mature brain. Topics include methodologies to investigate normal and atypical hemispheric specialization for language and children and adults with acquired and/or congenital language disorders. Concurrently scheduled with course C135. Graduate students expected to read more advanced neurolinguistic literature and produce research papers of greater depth.

236. Computational Phonology. (4)

Lecture, four hours. Introduction to computational models of phonology and phonological acquisition. Topics include finite state machines, probabilistic automata, over-constrained models, dynamic programming methods. Letter grading.

237. Linguistic Methods Laboratory. (4)

Laboratory, four hours. Variable content, with topics such as computer implementation of linguistic models, corpus studies, experimental methods for linguistic data collection, statistical analysis of results. May be repeated for credit. Letter grading.

C244. Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition. (4)

Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Requisites: courses 120A, 120B, C130. Introduction to study of childhood bilingualism and adult and child second language (L2) acquisition, with focus on understanding nature of L2 grammar and grammatical processes underlying L2/bilingual acquisition. Discussion of neurolinguistic and social aspects of bilingualism. Concurrently scheduled with course C140. Graduate students expected to read more advanced literature, do in-class presentation, and submit graduate-level term paper. S/U or letter grading.

M246C. Topics in Linguistic Anthropology . (4)

(Same as Anthropology M241.) Problems in relations of language, culture, and society. May be repeated for credit.

251A. Topics in Phonetics and Phonology. (4)

(Formerly numbered 251.) Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 200A. Course 201, 203, or 204 may be required. Specialized topics in phonetics and phonology. Meets with course 251B. May be repeated for credit.

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251B. Topics in Phonetics and Phonology. (2)

(Formerly numbered 251.) Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 200A. Course 201, 203, or 204 may be required. Specialized topics in phonetics and phonology. May not be applied toward M.A. or Ph.D. degree requirements. Meets with course 251A. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

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252A. Topics in Syntax and Semantics. (4)

(Formerly numbered 252.) Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 200B. Course 206, 207, 214, 215, or 216 may be required. Specialized topics in syntax and semantics. Meets with course 252B. May be repeated for credit.

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252B. Topics in Syntax and Semantics. (2)

(Formerly numbered 252.) Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 200B. Course 206, 207, 214, 215, or 216 may be required. Specialized topics in syntax and semantics. May not be applied toward M.A. or Ph.D. degree requirements. Meets with course 252A. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

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253A. Topics in Language Variation. (4)

(Formerly numbered 253.) Requisite: course 110. Course 202 may be required. Specialized topics in language variation. Meets with course 253B. May be repeated for credit.

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253B. Topics in Language Variation. (2)

(Formerly numbered 253.) Requisite: course 110. Course 202 may be required. Specialized topics in language variation. May not be applied toward M.A. or Ph.D. degree requirements. Meets with course 253A. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

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254A. Topics in Linguistics. (4)

(Formerly numbered 254.) Lecture, four hours. Requisites: courses 200A, 200B. Course 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, C208, C209A, C209B, 212, 213A, 213C, 214, 215, 216, or 218 may be required. Individual proseminars on topics such as child language, sociolinguistics, neurolinguistics, computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, etc. Meets with course 254B. May be repeated for credit.

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254B. Topics in Linguistics. (2)

(Formerly numbered 254.) Lecture, four hours. Requisites: courses 200A, 200B. Course 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, C208, C209A, C209B, 212, 213A, 213C, 214, 215, 216, or 218 may be required. Individual proseminars on topics such as child language, sociolinguistics, neurolinguistics, computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, etc. May not be applied toward M.A. or Ph.D. degree requirements. Meets with course 254A. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

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256A. Topics in Phonetics and Phonology II: Proseminar . (4)

Requisite: course 200A. Course 201, 203, or 204 may be required. Specialized topics in phonetics and phonology. May be repeated for credit. Meets with course 251. In Progress grading (credit to be given only on completion of course 256B).

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256B. Topics in Phonetics and Phonology II: Proseminar. (2)

Requisite: course 256A. Specialized topics in phonetics and phonology. May be repeated for credit.

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257A. Topics in Syntax and Semantics II: Proseminar . (4)

Requisite: course 200B. Course 206, 207, 214, 215, or 216 may be required. Specialized topics in syntax and semantics. May be repeated for credit. Meets with course 252. In Progress grading (credit to be given only on completion of course 257B).

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257B. Topics in Syntax and Semantics II: Proseminar. (2)

Requisite: course 257A. Specialized topics in syntax and semantics. May be repeated for credit.

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258A. Topics in Language Variation II: Proseminar . (4)

Requisite: course 110. Course 202 may be required. Specialized topics In language variation. May be repeated for credit. Meets with course 253. In Progress grading (credit to be given only on completion of course 258B).

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258B. Topics in Language Variation II: Proseminar. (2)

Requisite: course 258A. Specialized topics in language variation. May be repeated for credit.

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259A. Topics in Linguistics II: Proseminar . (4)

Requisites: courses 200A, 200B. Course 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, C208, C209A, C209B, 212, 213A, 214, 215, 216, or 218 may be required. Individual proseminars on topics such as child language, sociolinguistics, neurolinguistics, computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, etc. May be repeated for credit. Meets with course 254. In Progress grading (credit to be given only on completion of course 259B).

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259B. Topics in Linguistics II: Proseminar. (2)

Requisite: course 259A. Individual proseminars on topics such as child language, sociolinguistics, history of linguistic theory, neurolinguistics, languages of the world, psycholinguistics, etc. May be repeated for credit.

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260A-260B-260C. Seminars: Phonetics. (2 or 4 each)

Discussion, three hours. Each course may be taken independently for credit. May not be applied toward M.A. or Ph.D. degree requirements when taken for two units. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

261A-261B-261C. Seminars: Phonology. (2 or 4 each)

Discussion, three hours. Each course may be taken independently for credit. May not be applied toward M.A. or Ph.D. degree requirements when taken for two units. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

262A-262B-262C. Seminars: Syntax and Semantics. (2 or 4 each)

Discussion, three hours. Each course may be taken independently for credit. May not be applied toward M.A. or Ph.D. degree requirements when taken for two units. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

263A-263B-263C. Seminars: Language Variation. (2 or 4 each)

Discussion, three hours. Each course may be taken independently for credit. May not be applied toward M.A. or Ph.D. degree requirements when taken for two units. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

264A-264B-264C. Seminars: Special Topics in Linguistic Theory. (2 or 4 each)

Discussion, three hours. Each course may be taken independently for credit. Special topics may include child language, neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, etc. May not be applied toward M.A. or Ph.D. degree requirements when taken for two units. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

275. Linguistics Colloquium. (4)

Preparation: completion of M.A. requirements. Varied linguistic topics, generally presentations of new research by students, faculty, and visiting scholars. S/U grading.

276. Linguistics Colloquium. (No credit)

Designed for graduate students. Same as course 275, but taken without credit by students not presenting a colloquium. S/U grading.

375. Teaching Apprentice Practicum. (1 to 4)

Preparation: apprentice personnel employment as a teaching assistant, associate, or fellow. Teaching apprenticeship under active guidance and supervision of a regular faculty member responsible for curriculum and instruction at the University. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

403. Practical Phonetics Training. (1)

Extensive practice in production, perception, and transcription of sounds from a wide range of languages. Concurrently scheduled with practical sections of course 103. S/U grading.

411A-411B. Research Orientation. (2-2)

Designed for graduate students. Sequence of lectures by department faculty to acquaint new graduate students with research directions and resources of department and elsewhere on campus. May not be applied toward M.A. or Ph.D. degree requirements. S/U grading.

422. Practicum: Phonetic Data Analysis. (2)

Designed for graduate students. Workshop in examination of phonetic data, such as sound spectrograms, oscillographic records, and computer output. May not be applied toward M.A. or Ph.D. degree requirements. S/U grading.

444. M.A. Thesis Preparation Seminar. (4)

Student presentations, two hours. Student presentations of proposed topics for M.A. theses, with discussion and criticism by other students and faculty. May not be applied toward M.A. or Ph.D. degree requirements. S/U grading.

495. College Teaching of Linguistics. (2)

Designed for graduate students. Required of all new teaching assistants. Seminars, workshops, and apprentice teaching. Selected topics, including curriculum development, various teaching strategies and their effects, teaching evaluation, and other topics on college teaching. Students receive unit credit toward full-time equivalence but not toward any degree requirements. S/U grading.

501. Cooperative Program. (2 to 8)

Preparation: consent of UCLA graduate adviser and graduate dean, and host campus instructor, department chair, and graduate dean. Used to record enrollment of UCLA students in courses taken under cooperative arrangements with USC. S/U grading.

596A. Directed Studies. (1 to 8)

Preparation: completion of all undergraduate deficiency courses. Directed individual study or research. May be applied toward M.A. course requirements. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

596B. Directed Linguistic Analysis. (1 to 8)

Preparation: completion of M.A. degree requirements. Intensive work with native speakers by students individually. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

597. Preparation for M.A. Comprehensive and Ph.D. Qualifying Examinations. (1 to 8)

Preparation: at least six graduate linguistics courses. May be taken only in terms in which students expect to take comprehensive or qualifying examinations. May not be applied toward M.A. course requirements. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

598. Research for M.A. Thesis. (1 to 8)

Research and preparation of M.A. thesis. May not be applied toward M.A. course requirements. May be repeated for a maximum of eight units. S/U grading.

599. Research for Ph.D. Dissertation. (1 to 16)

Preparation: advancement to Ph.D. candidacy. May not be applied toward Ph.D. course requirements. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.


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