The Major in Linguistics
Tom Werner, Director
Office: Baker Hall 155F
Linguistics is the study of human language, and it encompasses a broad spectrum of research questions, approaches and methodologies. Some linguists are concerned with the cognitive aspects of language learning, production and comprehension; some are concerned with language as a social and cultural phenomenon; others engage in the analysis of linguistic form and meaning, some from a functional and others from a formal perspective. There are also computational approaches to linguistics with both applied and theoretical goals.
The major in Linguistics reflects the multidisciplinary character of the field and of the Linguistics faculty here at Carnegie Mellon, offering a program which provides students with the fundamental tools of linguistic analysis while maintaining a focus on the human context in which language is learned and used. The major is available as either a primary major or an additional major. It is an ideal choice for students with a general interest in their own or other languages, and combines well thematically with studies in any of the departments represented in the major.
The Linguistics major requires a total of 12 courses, which includes 2 semesters of language study. In addition, primary majors in Linguistics are required to write a Senior Thesis in their final year. At least three courses (not including specific language courses) must be at the 300-level or higher. All courses counted towards the major must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a grade of "C" or above. For Dietrich College students, up to 2 of these courses may be counted also as satisfying the college's general education requirements (as long as the double-counting maximum established by the college is not exceeded), with permission of the major director. Students from other colleges may fulfill their Humanities requirements using courses taken towards the Linguistics Major. However, no courses may be counted simultaneously towards the Linguistics Major and any other major.
|80-180||Nature of Language||9|
Take one course from each of the following core subject areas:
|Sounds||80-282||Phonetics and Phonology I||9|
|80-285||Natural Language Syntax||9|
|Meaning||80-381||Meaning in Language||9|
|80-383||Language in Use||9|
|76-385||Introduction to Discourse Analysis||9|
Take one course from each of the following breadth subject areas:
Area 1: Language Learning and Language Cognition
|76-420||Process of Reading and Writing||9|
|82-280||Learning about Language Learning||9|
|82-383||Second Language Acquisition: Theories and Research||9|
|82-585||Topics in Second Language Acquisition||9|
|85-354||Infant Language Development||9|
|85-421||Language and Thought||9|
Area 2: Discourse, Society and Culture
|76-318||Communicating in the Global Marketplace||9|
|76-385||Introduction to Discourse Analysis||9|
|76-386||Language and Culture||9|
|82-273||Introduction to Japanese Language and Culture||9|
|82-305||French in its Social Contexts||9|
|82-311||Arabic Language and Culture I||9|
|82-312||Arabic Language and Culture II||9|
|82-333||Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture||Var.|
Take four additional electives. These can be additional courses from the Fundamental Skills courses or Breadth courses listed above, or any other course which is approved by the Director as a linguistics elective. Listed below are the additional electives taught on a regular basis. Additional appropriate courses are offered irregularly or on a one-off basis. The Director will provide students with a list of possible electives each semester, and will assist students in selecting electives which are consistent with their goals and interests.
|76-378||Literacy: Educational Theory and Community Practice||9|
|76-451||Topics in Language Study||9|
|76-476||Rhetoric of Science||9|
|80-281||Language and Thought||9|
|80-283||Syntax and Discourse||9|
|80-286||Words and Word Formation: Introduction to Morphology||9|
|80-287||Historical and Comparative Linguistics||9|
|80-380||Philosophy of Language||9|
|80-382||Phonetics and Phonology II||9|
|80-384||Linguistics of Turkic Languages||9|
|80-385||Linguistics of Germanic Languages||9|
|82-373||Structure of the Japanese Language||9|
|82-388||Understanding Second Language Fluency||9|
|82-442||Analysis of Spoken Spanish||9|
|82-444||The Structure of Spanish||9|
|82-476||Japanese Discourse Analysis||9|
|82-480||Social and Cognitive Aspects of Bilingualism||9|
|11-411||Natural Language Processing||12|
|11-716||Graduate Seminar on Dialog Processing||6|
|11-721||Grammars and Lexicons||12|
|11-761||Language and Statistics||12|
|11-762||Language and Statistics II||12|
|15-492||Special Topic: Speech Processing||12|
Students must successfully complete two semesters of consecutive language courses. (Note that students may not 'test out' of this requirement. However, language courses taken at other institutions or as part of a study abroad program will typically substitute for a semester of language study.)
Senior thesis [primary majors only]
Primary majors must complete a senior thesis (a workload equivalent to a 12-unit course) during their senior year. Topics must be approved by an advisor, who will work with the student and guide the thesis project.
- Course numbers 82-305, 82-311, 32-312, 82-373, 82-442, 82-444, 82-476 are taught in the language of analysis.
- All 11-xxx and 15-xxx courses have significant Computer Science prerequisites. Interested students should check with the course instructor before registering.
- Language specific "Language and Culture" courses may be taken either as electives or towards the second breadth area. However only one such course per language area may be counted towards the major.