2019-2020 Graduate Course Catalog 
    
    Dec 10, 2019  
2019-2020 Graduate Course Catalog

Linguistic Studies, MA


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Director

Jaklin Kornfilt
305 H.B.Crouse
315-443-5375

Faculty

Tej K. Bhatia, Amanda Brown, Richard W. Buttny, Christopher R. Green, Gerald R. Greenberg, Rania Habib, Jaklin Kornfilt, Nancy McCracken, Kenji Oda, Jonathan Preston, Mike Rieppel, Robert A. Rubinstein, Maria Emma Ticio Quesada, Robert Van Gulick

This program provides the student with intensive and advanced education in linguistics and language-related study. The student works with the concentration advisor in one of six concentration areas:

Information Representation and Retrieval;

Language Acquisition;

Language, Culture, and Society;

Linguistic Theory;

Logic and Language; and

Teaching languages (English Language Teaching/Foreign Language Teaching)

Student Learning Outcomes


1. Create claims about human communication and about the innate language competence in humans

2. Create claims about specific languages and the universal principles that underlie the knowledge of all languages

3. Create claims about social, psychological and biological aspects of language including language and thought, language acquisition, the representation of language in the human nervous system, disordered language, speech production

4. Create claims about the role of language in culture and society

5. Analyze, evaluate, and create claims about the history and structure of one or more particular languages; conduct an in-depth structural analysis of a non-Western language, or of a Western language (depending on the course)

6. Analyze, evaluate, and create claims about the relevance of all of the above to the practice of language pedagogy

Program Requirements


The M.A. degree requires 30 credits of graduate coursework. 12 credits come from the following Core courses: LIN 601 - Introductory Linguistic Analysis , LIN 631 - Phonological Analysis , LIN 641 - Syntactic Analysis , LIN 674 - Topics in Sociolinguistics . The remaining 18 credits come from one of the six concentration areas with the approval of the advisor for that concentration area. All four Core courses and all required courses within a student’s concentration area must be completed with a grade of B or better; all other courses must be completed with a grade of B- or better. A thesis may be substituted for 6 credits of course work subject to the approval of the concentration advisor. All students must successfully complete three comprehensive examinations; one in Syntax, one in Phonology, and one in Sociolinguistics. All students must also either successfully complete a comprehensive examination in their concentration area, or successfully write and defend a thesis in their concentration area.

The student works with the concentration advisor in one of six concentration areas. Equivalent or alternative courses may be substituted for any of the courses listed below by approval of the program. Be aware that certain courses may have prerequisites, e.g., CSD 616 must be taken before CSD 638; LIN 601 must be taken before several courses; LIN 631 must be taken in year one in order to take LIN 731; and LIN 641 must be taken in year one in order to take LIN 741.

1. Information Representation and Retrieval:


Concentration Advisor

Nancy McCracken
Research Associate Professor
Office: 3220 Hinds Hall
Tel: 315-443-3955
Email: njmccrac@syr.edu

Concentration Area Required Courses (6 Credits)


Concentration Area Elective Courses (12 Credits)


Select four courses from the list below in consultation with your advisor.  One course must be from list A.

2. Language Acquisition:


Concentration Advisor

Jonathan Preston
Associate Professor
Office: 621 Skytop Suite 1200
Tel: 315-443-3143
Email: jopresto@syr.edu

Concentration Area Elective Courses (6 Credits)


Select two courses from the list in consultation with your concentration advisor. Elective courses may also include any of the courses from the Concentration Area Required Courses that were not counted for the Core.

3. Language, Culture, and Society:


Concentration Advisor

Robert A. Rubinstein
Professor
Office: 209 Maxwell Hall
Tel: 315-443-1011
Email: rar@syr.edu

Concentration Area Required Courses (6 Credits)


Concentration Area Elective Courses (6 Credits)


Select two courses from the list in consultation with the concentration advisor.

Foreign Language Requirement (6 Credits)


The student must have the equivalent of advanced language competency in a European language or one year of non-Western language. If language competency is already achieved, you may take 2 additional elective courses.


Thesis Option: In substitution for six of the elective credits, the student may prepare a thesis under the supervision of the concentration advisor and other faculty participating in the Program and on a topic approved by the Program.

4. Linguistic Theory:


Concentration Advisor

Jaklin Kornfilt
Professor
Office: 305 HBC
Tel: 315-443-5375
Email: kornfilt@syr.edu

Concentration Area Required Courses (9 Credits)


Select 3 courses from the list below in consultation with your advisor.

Note:

* LIN 731  and LIN 741  are required when offered.

Foreign Language Requirements (3 Credits) or LIN 606 Field Methods in Linguistics (3 Credits)


Students will fulfill the Foreign Language Requirement for the Linguistic Theory concentration in one of two ways, with prior consultation with the Concentration Advisor:

  1. An Independent Study (LIN 690), comprising a full semester of attendance at a language course (other than the student’s native language, English, or another language that the student has significant familiarity with), and completion of two papers (of approximately 15 single-spaced pages each), one on the phonology and one on the syntax of the particular language.
  2. LIN 606 - Field Methods in Linguistics , when offered, during which two papers (of approximately 15 single-spaced pages each) should also be written: one on the phonology and one on the syntax of the language under investigation.

 

Thesis Option

In substitution for six of the elective credits, the student may prepare a thesis under the supervision of the concentration advisor and other faculty participating in the Program and on a topic approved by the Program.

5. Logic and Language


Concentration Advisor

Michael Rieppel
Assistant Professor
Office: 523 Hall of Languages
Tel: 315-443-5821
Email: morieppe@syr.edu

Concentration Area Required Courses (6 Credits)


Required:

Concentration Area Elective Courses (6-12 Credits)


a. Elective courses may include any of the courses from the Concentration Area Required Courses that were not counted for the Core

b. Any concentration-advisor-approved graduate linguistic (LIN) course

c. Any concentration-advisor-approved philosophy (PHI) course numbered 700 or above

Structure of a Language Option (0-6 Credits)


Up to 6 credits of study in a structure of a language course.

6. Teaching languages (English Language Teaching/Foreign Language Teaching):


Concentration Advisor

Amanda Brown
Associate Professor
Office: 323C HBC
Tel: 315-443-2244
Email: abrown08@syr.edu

Concentration Area Elective Courses (12 Credits)


A. Select two of the following courses in consultation with the concentration advisor:

B. Select two of the following courses in consultation with the concentration advisor:


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