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LING 4302   (3-3-0)   Principles of Articulatory and Acoustic Phonetics

Using an augmented subset of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), students will be able to identify, mimic, and transcribe sounds and prosodies in normal human speech and describe the mechanisms by which a speaker produces these sounds. Students will also be introduced to basic techniques of acoustic analysis.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: AL4302 - GIAL

LING 4303   (3-3-0)   Principles of Phonological Analysis

By the end of this course, students will be able to recognize the difference between phonetic (etic) and phonological (emic) data and identify phonological hierarchy and intonation in data. They will be able to recognize and use the distinctive features, natural classes and phonetic plausibility; identify phones in complementary distribution, free variation and contrast in identical/analogous environment; recognize major phonological processes and common conditioning environments, including adjacent segments, syllables and larger prosodic units; and apply concepts of tone analysis, and morphophonemics to data.
Prerequisite: LING 4302.
Cross Listed Courses: AL4303 - GIAL

LING 4350   Language and Society

This course considers the relationship between language and society. After successfully completing the course, students will be able to articulate the multilingual nature of the world’s societies, the function(s) of language(s) in nations, and how different languages are used alongside one another, including the idea of diglossia. They will also be able to identify the factors influencing the choice among language varieties for national and educational use. In addition, students will be able to explain how language attitudes and domains of language use influence the long-term maintenance and/or shift of language(s) in society. They will be able to discuss how all the aforementioned may possibly affect an applied anthropology program for a given linguistic community.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: AA4350 - GIAL

LING 4370   (3-3-0)   Cultural Anthropology

The course is an undergraduate-level introduction to cultural anthropology with emphases on application and several research methods. The main assignment is a practicum or research project that includes having students make at least four study-visits outside class hours to a Dallas/Fort Worth-area cross-cultural social situation.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: AA4370 - GIAL

LING 4410   (3-3-0)   Principles of Grammatical Analysis

The course is taught in successive "a" and "b." By the end of Principles of Grammatical Analysis (a), students should be able to write a brief description of a grammatical topic; identify constituent structure, syntactic categories and grammatical relations within a sentence; analyze data in terms of a set of phrase structure rules and a lexicon; distinguish between indicative, imperative and interrogative sentences; distinguish between types of objects and obliques and analyze the structure of noun phrases and verb phrases. By the end of Principles of Grammatical Analysis (b) students will be able to write a brief description of a grammatical topic, divide words into constituent morphemes, distinguish between inflectional and derivational morphemes, analyze case and agreement systems and identify passive and recursive structures.
Prerequisite: LING 4410(a).
Cross Listed Courses: AL4410 - GIAL

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