Stephen F. Austin State University

Linguistics Courses

Spring 2014 Schedule

ENG 341-001. Introduction to Linguistics
MWF 9:00-9:50 a.m. C. Sams
ENG 344-001. Structures of English
TR 2:00-3:15 p.m.
J. Sams
ENG 344-002. Structures of English
MWF 12:00-12:50 p.m.
J. Sams
ENG 440-001. Advanced Linguistic Theory: Field Methods

(ENG 341 is a prerequisite for this course)

TR 9:30-10:45 a.m.
C. Sams
ENG 442-001. Topics in Linguistics: Applied Linguistics in Media
TR 12:30-1:45 p.m. J. Sams
ENG 343-001. Descriptive Linguistics: Italian MWF 10:00-10:50 a.m. C. Sams

Course descriptions for rotating topics courses:

ENG 343-001. Descriptive Linguistics: Italian

Linguistic analysis of the Italian language. Topics will include sound structure word and sentence formation. No prior knowledge of Italian or Linguistics required. Does not count toward foreign language requirement--we will be focusing on how the language is structured rather than learning to speak it.

ENG 440-001. Advanced Linguistic Theory: Field Methods

Description of a language to be named the first day of the course. Students will elicit data from the speaker and focus on its phonology, morphology, and syntax. Prerequisite of ENG 341 or instructor approval.

ENG 442-001. Topics in Linguistics: Applied Linguistics in Media

Examination of applied linguistic topics, including language acquisition, speech disorders, and dialectal variation, and analysis of the portrayal of those fields in media, including literature, television, and movies.

For example, while covering language acquisition, we will analyze the book Room, which is written from the perspective of a five-year-old child in order to determine if the language in the book aligns with what we know of typical development of language for children. The books we will examine are Room (language acquisition), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (autism), and Still Alice (alzheimers). The TV shows and movies we will examine include House (episode with aphasia) and Oscar (dialectal variation and dialect coaching).

Linguistics Courses

ENG 341. Introduction to Linguistics (offered every fall and spring)

*Used to be ENG 441.
Introduction to the core concepts of linguistic study, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics, and to the application of those concepts, such as language acquisition, language disorders, sociolinguistics, and language change. Analyses of linguistic concepts and applications focus on data from languages spoken around the world (i.e., will not focus on or be limited to English).
Prerequisites: None

ENG 342. History of the English Language (offered every fall)

Study of language change and reasons for change in the English language over the three major periods: Old, Middle, and Modern English. Types of linguistic changes include sound, structure, and meaning; investigation of possible causes for these changes focus on literary developments and socio-political factors that influenced the language. Within Modern English, examination of current English dialects around the world.

ENG 343. Descriptive Linguistics*

Linguistic analysis of a language or language family. May be repeated up to three times under different languages.

ENG 344. Structures of English (offered every fall, spring, and Summer I)

Linguistic study of English, including phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. Includes an examination of several applied topics, focusing on topics such as English stylistics, language acquisition as it pertains to structures of English, English dialects, and history of English.

ENG 411. Teaching English as a Second Language* (last offered Spring 2013)

Survey of pedagogical, language learning and language development theories relevant to the teaching of English as a second language. Application of theories for particular language-learning groups. 30 hours of lecture and 15 hours of field-experience practicum.

ENG 437. Invented Languages*

Examination of how language works and typical features of world languages in order to construct an invented language; also, examination of famous constructed languages (including Elvish, Na'vi, and Esperanto). Students will invent their own languages to better understand the challenges of constructing a language and linguistic principles at work in natural languages.


ENG 438. Forensic Linguistics (offered every fall)

Linguistic study of texts to determine authorship, evasion strategies, possible coercion, stylistic changes, deception, and so on. Linguistic tools include structural analysis and word choice. Texts analyzed include hate mail, suicide letters, ransom notes, confessions, manifestos, and text messages.

ENG 439. Advanced Grammar (offered Fall 2013)

Advanced investigation of the concepts of grammatical form and function, including the application of labels such as noun, adjective, verb, subject, object, phrase, clause. Study will also include discussion of the use of grammar in written and spoken language, the teaching of grammar in classrooms, the debates about grammatical change in current language, and the notion of standard language.

ENG 440. Advanced Linguistic Theory* (last offered Spring 2013)

Advanced study of a combination of or all of the following areas of linguistics: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics; topics (i.e., area focus) will rotate. Linguistic areas may be examined through historical analysis, typological principles, and/or theoretical application. Students can take this course up to three times under different topics.

Prerequisite: ENG 341 or instructor approval

ENG 442. Topics in Linguistics* (last offered Fall 2012)

Advanced study of a topic within linguistics; topics will rotate. Example topics include sociolinguistics, language and culture, psycholinguistics, language and literature, corpus linguistics, and history of linguistic study. Students may repeat the course up to three times under different topics.

Past topics have included the following:

SEMESTER TOPIC
Fall 2012
Conversation Analysis
Spring 2012
Language and Culture
Fall 2011
Second Language Acquisition
Spring 2011
Comparative Romance Linguistics
Fall 2010
Psycholinguistics

ENG 458. Advanced Forensic Linguistics*

A continuation of ENG 438: Forensic Linguistics to pursue more advanced forensic analyses of texts in one or more areas of forensic linguistics (such as authorship profiling, veracity, or threat level).
Prerequisite: ENG 438

*Denotes courses that are offered based on student interest and department need. If you are interested in a particular course/topic being offered, contact samsj@sfasu.edu.