Major in General Linguistics
For students who declared their major Summer 2019 or later
Program Director and Advisor: Michael Newman
To make an appointment for advising or related matters, please go to: https://michaelnewman.youcanbook.me
Requirements for the Major
|Electives (15 credits, with at least 6 credits each from Applications and Research)
||LCD 101, 116, 120, 150, 205, 220, 250, 306
||LCD 102, 105, 206W, 209; ANTH/LCD 104; PHIL 109
||LCD 103, 203, 209; EURO 202, 202W; EAST 209; CHIN 314, 317, 318; KOR 317, 318; JPNS 317, 318; ITAL 336; RUSS 327; SPAN 338, 391; ANTH 280, 289, 380
||LCD 244W, 324, 360, 380, 388, 396; ANTH 388
Note: No course will count toward this major with a grade lower than C-.
Typical Course Work
|Required courses: 1st level
||Required courses: 2nd level
|FA, SP, SU
1 Foundations course
2 Applications courses
2 Research courses
Elective courses can be taken any semester, provided prerequisite courses, if any, have been satisfied. Descriptions of elective courses that count towards the major but are offered by other departments can be found in the QC Bulletin, CUNYfirst, or on those departments’ websites.
LCD 101. Introduction to Language. 3 hr.; 3 cr. A survey of the study of language: Structure, language and society, first and second language acquisition, and other related topics. Fulfils College Option: Language
LCD 102. Analyzing Language. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Developing and evaluating hypotheses about linguistic data drawn from a variety of languages in the areas of sound structure (phonology), word structure (morphology), and sentence structure (syntax). Fulfils Required Core: Science, Flexible Core: Scientific World, and College Option: Language
LCD 103. Multilingualism in the United States. 3 hr.; 3 cr. A reading course with an intersection of topics and concepts from linguistics, sociology, anthropology, psychology, and education, designed for students interested in gaining a deeper understanding of some of the linguistic and cultural groups that make up U.S. society and the issues that surround and confound them. Flexible Core: US Experience in its Diversity
LCD 116. Introduction to Morphology. 3 hr; 3 cr. Morphological theory; how words are formed; rules for determining the meaning and pronunciation of words cross-linguistically.
LCD 120. Understanding English Grammar. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Introduction to the salient characteristics and major patterns of words, phrases, and sentences in English.
LCD 150. Linguistic Phonetics. 3 hr.; 3 cr. An introduction to phonetic science as used in linguistic theory and research. It covers how speech sounds in the world’s languages are articulated and transcribed with the International Phonetic Alphabet as well as the use of acoustic analysis software to reveal acoustic properties of consonants, vowels, and prosody.]
LCD 203. Languages of the World. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LCD 101. A survey of selected aspects of several languages, drawn from different families. There are several writing assignments in this course. (This course is not taught infrequently.)
LCD 205. Sociolinguistics. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LCD 101 or 104 or 105. Introduction to the study of the relationship between language and society. Socio-cultural factors which influence language form, use, and history.
LCD 206W. Bilingualism. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LCD 101 or 105. Psychological, social, and educational aspects of bilingualism. There are several writing assignments in this course.
LCD 209. Language and Mind. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LCD 101 or LCD 105. Influential views in the acquisition of language; the relationship between language and thought; the relation between language and culture/world view. (This course is taught infrequently.)
LCD 220. Advanced English Syntax. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LCD 101 and 120. Developing a theoretical framework for the analysis of simple and complex sentences in English.
LCD 244W. Language and Social Diversity. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Students explore dialectal and linguistic diversity as a form of social diversity in various countries around the world. Students read and report on research articles on these topics and collaborate on an original class research project that examines one linguistic phenomenon in its social context.
LCD 250. Phonology. 3 hr; 3 cr. Prereq.: LCD 101 and 150. This course examines the major sound patterns of human language, as gleaned from a wide variety of languages. It teaches in a step-by-step fashion the techniques of phonological analysis and the fundamental theories that underpin it. Students will learn how to analyze phonological data, how to think critically about data, how to formulate rules and hypotheses, and how to test them.
LCD 306. Semantics and Pragmatics. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq. or coreq.: LCD 220. A survey of properties of meaning in language (semantics) and communication strategies people use when they talk to each other (pragmatics). There is a substantial writing commitment in this course.
LCD 324. Linguistic Field Methods and Endangered Languages in Queens. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq: LCD 116, 250, and 220. In this course, we take turns eliciting words and sentences from a native speaker of an unfamiliar language and collectively work out the rules and patterns of their language based on their responses. We record stories and narratives and analyze them word by word with the same goal. Students will learn state-of-the-art techniques in video and audio recording as well as creating time aligned annotations and linguistic databases. The course will be typologically oriented, meaning we will tackle grammatical themes with a view towards cross-linguistic comparison. It will also be concerned with collecting examples of authentic spoken language and the analysis of (oral) texts.
LCD 360. Issues in Linguistic Research. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: LCD 101. This course focuses on contemporary issues in any of the major branches of linguistics. May be repeated for credit when topics vary sufficiently. There is a substantial writing commitment in this course.
LCD 388. Voices of New York. 3 hr.; 3 cr. Prereq.: 6 credits in social sciences or in courses in the Department of Linguistics and Communication Disorders, or by permission of instructor. A research seminar for students using sociolinguistic and anthropological perspectives to explore current language use and attitudes in New York. Under the guidance of experienced language researchers, students formulate research questions, and design and carry out original field research projects to answer these questions. Findings will be presented to the professors, the class, and posted at a dedicated website.
LCD 396. Honors Thesis Tutorial. 3 cr. Prereq. 324, 360, 380, or 388: Open to students in their final semester. The thesis is the exposition of a major work of original research in linguistics the student creates. The topic should be a continuation of research the student has worked on in a previous 300-level class such as LCD 324, 360, 380, 388, or a prior independent study. Students meet weekly alone or in small groups with a faculty mentor as they carry out research and write up their results. The deadline for submitting theses is the meeting of the 13th week of classes of the semester. Students defend their work before two or more faculty during finals week.