Undergraduate Courses

List of courses offered by the Linguistics Department.

To see if a class meets in the current quarter, as well as the time and location, go to the Linguistics Department’s Course Schedule page.

Courses usually offered every quarter are Linguistics 1, 20, 103, 120A, 120B. All other courses may be offered one or two quarters. A tentative 2020-2021 Linguistics course schedule will be available at the end of May 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How big are UCLA Linguistics courses?
The majority of required linguistics courses for the majors are capped at 40 students per lecture, with the exception Linguistics 20, 120B, 102, and 119A.
Who do I contact for assistance with course planning?
Please refer to the Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer for guidance with course planning for the major.
Can I take major requirements as pass/no pass?
Only foreign language requirements may be taken for Pass/No Pass grading. All other preparation for the major and upper division major requirements must be taken for a letter grade.
Can I take preparation for the major requirements at a community college or other university?
Yes, however you must first consult with the Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer if you plan to take courses at another college or university for approval and confirmation.
I completed a course for my major, but it does not appear on my degree audit report. What do I do?
Please send an email to the Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer to address this inquiry. Include your university ID number and the course information in the email.

Spring 2020

  • ASL 3 - Elementary American Sign Language

    Instructor(s): Benjamin Lewis

    Lecture, five hours. Enforced requisite: course 2. Introduction to fundamentals of American sign language. P/NP or letter grading.

  • ASL 6 - Intermediate American Sign Language

    Instructor(s): Benjamin Lewis

    Lecture, five hours. Enforced requisite: course 5. Intermediate American sign language. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING 1 - Introduction to Study of Language

    Instructor(s): Adeline Tan, Brice Roberts, Alexander Roy, William Torrence, Maayan Abenina-adar, Gabriel Teixeira, Thomas Motter, Fadhila Hadjeris, Kedar Narayan Deshpande, Kathleen Sparks

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Summary for general undergraduates of what is known about human language; biological basis of language, scientific study of language and human cognition; uniqueness of human language, its structure, universality, its diversity; language in social and cultural setting; language in relation to other aspects of human inquiry and knowledge. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING 20 - Introduction to Linguistic Analysis

    Instructor(s): Kinda Al Rifae, Alexander Roy, Daniela Culinovic, Zhongshi Xu, Phillip Barnett, Vahideh Rasekhikolokdaragh, Noah Elkins, Shu-hao Shih

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Introduction to theory and methods of linguistics: universal properties of human language; phonetic, phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic structures and analysis; nature and form of grammar. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING 102 - Introduction to Applied Phonetics

    Instructor(s): Jennifer Kuo, Matthew Faytak

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Enforced requisite: course 20 with grade of B- or better. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 103. Basics of articulation and acoustics of phonetic categories used in world's languages, including English in comparison with other languages. Practice in speech-sound perception and transcription using International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Applications to language learning/teaching and other fields. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING 111 - Intonation

    Instructor(s): Sun-ah Jun, Jeremy Steffman, Bethany Sturman

    Lecture, two hours; laboratory, two hours. Requisites: courses 20, 102 or 103, one course from 119A, 119B, 120A, or 120B. Recommended: course 104 or 204A. 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. Letter grading.

  • LING 115 - Linguistics and Speech Pathology

    Instructor(s): Suzy Ahn, Adam Royer

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Requisite: course 102 or 103. Introduction to field of speech pathology. Topics include biological foundations of speech, language, and hearing; and disorders of speech production, language, voice, and hearing, affecting children and adults. In-class presentation and final term paper required if taken for 4 units. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING M116 - Introduction to Japanese Linguistics

    Instructor(s): Don Uk Lee

    (Same as Japanese M120.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Enforced requisite: Japanese 3 or 8 or Japanese placement test. Introduction to Japanese grammar and sociolinguistics through reading, discussion, and problem solving in phonology, syntax, semantics, and discourse pragmatics. Letter grading.

  • LING 119A - Applied Phonology

    Instructor(s): Suzy Ahn, Christine Prechtel, Stephen Lehman

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Enforced requisites: courses 20, and 102 or 103. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 120A. Sound structures and sound patterns in world's languages. Rules, rule ordering, features, syllable, and higher structure. Comparison of sound patterns of different languages. Tools of phonology as applicable to other fields. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING 120A - Phonology I

    Instructor(s): Claire Moore-cantwell, Hironori Katsuda

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Requisites: courses 20, 103. Introduction to phonological theory and analysis. Rules, representations, underlying forms, derivations. Justification of phonological analyses. Emphasis on practical skills with problem sets. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING 120B - Syntax I

    Instructor(s): Marju Kaps, Carson Schutze, Jake Aziz

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Requisite: course 20 with grade of B- or better. Course 120A is not requisite to 120B. Descriptive analysis of morphological and syntactic structures in natural languages; emphasis on insight into nature of such structures rather than linguistics formalization. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING 120C - Semantics I

    Instructor(s): Maura O'leary, Giuseppina Silvestri

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Requisite: course 119B or 120B. Survey of most important theoretical and descriptive claims about nature of meaning. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING 127 - Syntactic Typology and Universals

    Instructor(s): Anoop Mahajan, Colin Brown

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Requisite: course 20. Study of essential similarities and differences among languages in grammatical devices they use to signal the following kinds of concepts: relations between nouns and verbs (case and word order), negation, comparison, existence/location/possession, causation, interrogation, reflexivization, relativization, attribution (adjectives), time (tense and aspect), and backgrounding (subordination). Data from a range of languages presented and analyzed. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING 130 - Language Development

    Instructor(s): Madeleine Booth, Nicoletta Loccioni

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Requisites: courses 20, 119A or 120A, 119B or 120B. 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. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING M141 - Current Methods of Language Teaching

    Instructor(s): Laila Hualpa

    (Same as English Composition M141.) Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Enforced requisite: course 20. Survey of theory and practice in teaching second languages, including (1) past and present methods used to teach second languages, (2) current theory and practice underlying skills-based instruction and integrated approaches, and (3) factors that affect second language acquisition and learning. Development of knowledge base in and rational base for design, development, implementation, and evaluation of second language instruction programs. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING 144 - Fundamentals of Translation and Interpreting

    Instructor(s): Daria Bahtina, Kinda Al Rifae

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Recommended preparation: knowledge of English and at least one other language. Enforced requisite: course 20. Examination of salient lexical, structural, cultural, and social aspects of translating and interpreting between two languages or dialects. Survey of development of translation theories and rise of community interpreting and critical role of language brokering. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING M146 - Language in Culture

    Instructor(s): Vincent Belletto, Teruko Mitsuhara

    (Same as Anthropology M150.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour; fieldwork, two hours. Requisite: course 20 or Anthropology 4. Study of language as aspect of culture; relation of habitual thought and behavior to language; and language and classification of experience. Holistic approach to study of language, with emphasis on relationship of linguistic anthropology to fields of biological, cultural, and social anthropology, as well as archaeology. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING M150 - Introduction to Indo-European Linguistics

    Instructor(s): Chengzhi Zhang, Anthony Yates

    (Same as Indo-European Studies M150.) Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Enforced requisite: course 1 or 20. Indo-European languages (ancient and modern), including their relationships, chief characteristics, writing systems, and sociolinguistic contexts; nature of reconstructed Indo-European proto-language and proto-culture. One or more Indo-European languages may be investigated in detail. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING 165A - Phonology II

    Instructor(s): Shu-hao Shih

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Requisite: course 120A. To be taken in term following completion of course 120A or as soon as possible thereafter. Further study in phonological theory and analysis: autosegmental theory, syllable structure, metrical theory, interface of phonology and grammar. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING 165B - Syntax II

    Instructor(s): Teigo Onishi, Hilda Koopman, Giuseppina Silvestri

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Requisite: course 120B. To be taken in term following completion of course 120B or as soon as possible thereafter. Recommended for students who plan to do graduate work in linguistics. Form of grammars, word formation, formal and substantive universals in syntax, relation between syntax and semantics. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING 165C - Semantics II

    Instructor(s): Yael Sharvit

    Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Requisite: course 120C. Recommended for students who plan to do graduate work in linguistics. Further study in relevant logics, relations between sentences, lexical semantics, tense and aspect, adverbs, modality and intensionality. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING M177 - Structure of Korean

    Instructor(s): Sung-ock Sohn

    (Same as Korean CM120.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Recommended preparation: two years of Korean, or one year of Korean and some knowledge of linguistics. Discussion of major syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic characteristics of Korean in light of linguistic universals, with brief introduction to formation, typological features, and phonological structure of Korean. Letter grading.

  • LING 185A - Computational Linguistics I

    Instructor(s): Ethan Poole, Deborah Wong

    Lecture, four hours; laboratory, one hour. Requisites: courses 120B, Program in Computing 10C (or Computer Science 32). Recommended: course 165B or 200B. Overview of formal computational ideas underlying kinds of grammars used in theoretical linguistics and psycholinguistics, and some connections to applications in natural language processing. Topics include recursion, relationship between probabilities and grammars, and parsing algorithms. P/NP or letter grading.

  • LING 191A - Variable Topics Research Seminars: Linguistics: Computational Phonology

    Instructor(s): Claire Moore-cantwell

    Introduction to computational methods for phonological research, including use of corpora to find phonological data, algorithms for simulating learning of phonological grammars and phonological categories, and use of finite-state machines to represent phonological rules. Study assumes familiarity with phonology but not with programming. Designed for students who have taken course 165A. Small amount of Python 3 is taught.

  • LING 195 - Community or Corporate Internships in Linguistics

    Instructor(s): Sun-ah Jun

    Tutorial, to be arranged. Preparation: 3.0 grade-point average in major. Limited to junior/senior majors. Internship in supervised setting in community agency or business related to linguistics and/or applied linguistics. Students meet on regular basis with instructor and provide periodic reports of their experience. Additional supervision to be provided by internship site supervisor. Individual contract with supervising faculty member required. P/NP grading.

  • SWAHILI 3 - Elementary Swahili

    Instructor(s): Sephrine Achesah

    Lecture, five hours. Enforced requisite: course 2. Major language of East Africa, particularly Tanzania. P/NP or letter grading.