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Linguistics

The School of Humanities

Chair

MasayoshiShibatani StephenA.Tyler JamesE.Copeland PhilipW.Davis SydneyM.Lamb

NanxiuQian M.RafaelSalaberry ClaireBowern (TESOLProgramDirector) KatherineCrosswhite (SpeechSciencesAdviser) RobertEnglebretson (TACo-ordinator)

Professor

assistantProfessors

Professorsemeriti

MichelAchard SuzanneE.Kemmer (UndergraduateAdviser) NancyNiedzielski (GraduateAdvisor)

assoCiateProfessors

LeCturerandPLaywrightin residenCe

E.DouglasMitchell

DEGREES OFFERED: BA, MA, PHD BA IN LINGUISTICS

ThedepartmentoffersbothamajorprograminlinguisticsandaCertificate ofTeachingEnglishtoSpeakersofOtherLanguages,whichmaybeearned withorwithoutaLinguisticsmajor.Forgeneraluniversityrequirements,see GraduationRequirements(pages14­15).Inaddition,studentsmustsatisfythe distributionrequirementsandcompletenofewerthan60semesterhoursfor atotalofatleast120semesterhours. Becausehumanlanguageisamultifacetedobjectofstudy,linguisticsis,byits nature,aninterdisciplinaryfield.Theundergraduatemajorprovidesbothan in-depthgroundinginthefieldaswellascross-disciplinarybreadth.Students beginningalinguisticsmajorshouldtakeLING200,whichisaprerequisite formanyupper-levelcoursesinthedepartment.Allmajorsarerequiredto takeatleast9courses(27semesterhours)inlinguisticsatthe300levelor above,including5corecoursesasspecifiedbelow(orotherwiselistedina particularconcentration). Core Courses LING300Linguistic Analysis LING301Phonetics LING304Introduction to Syntax or LING 311 Phonology LING 305 Historical Linguistics, LING 315 Introduction to Semantics, or LING 416 Language Universals and Typology LING415SociolinguisticsorLING490Discourse Inaddition,competencyin1languageotherthanEnglishisrequired.This requirementmaybesatisfiedby2coursesinaforeignlanguageatthe200 leveloraboveorequivalentoratthe100levelorabovefornon-European languages.Nomorethan1independentstudycoursemaybecountedtoward themajorrequirements. Students may elect either a general linguistics major or one of 5 areas of concentration.Optionsinthelistofcorecoursesthatarenotusedascore coursescancountaselectivesforthegeneralmajororforconcentrations. Thegenerallinguisticsmajorrequires,inadditionto5corecoursesandthelanguage requirement,atleast4advancedlinguisticselectives(300levelorabove).

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Majorswhoplantopursuegraduatetraininginlinguisticsarerecommended tochoose1oftheareasofconcentrationbelow.Thesestudentsalsoareurged toapplyforadmissiontotheHonorsProgrambytheendoftheirjunioryear. Therequirementsforthevariousconcentrationsincludeadditionalcourses asfollows: · Language Concentration.Inadditiontothebasiclanguagecompetency requiredofallmajors,thelanguageconcentrationrequiresanadvanced level competency in a different language. This can be satisfied by 2 languagecoursestaughtinalanguageotherthanEnglishatthe300level orabove,orequivalent.Inadditiontothe5corecourses,4advanced electives(300levelorabove)alsoarerequired,whichshouldbechosen inconsultationwiththelinguisticsmajoradvisor.Coursesinthestructure orthehistoryofthelanguagesstudiedareespeciallyappropriate. · Cognitive Science Concentration.Thisconcentrationrequires,inaddition tothe5corecourses,4advancedinguisticscoursesfocusedonthecognitive aspectsofhumanlanguage,selectedfromLING306Language, Thought, and Mind,LING309Psychology of Language,andLING315Introduction to Semantics,LING411Neurolinguistics,andLING490Discourse;and2 coursesfromcognitively-relateddisciplines(psychology,computerscience, anthropology,philosophy)asapprovedbythelinguisticsmajoradvisor. · Language, Culture, and Society Concentration.Foranin-depthgrounding inaparticularlanguageandculture,thisconcentrationrequires2language coursesatthe300levelorabove.Thelanguagemaybethesameasthat usedtosatisfythebasiclanguagecompetency.Besidesthe5corecourses, thestudentmusttake4coursesselectedfromLING313Language and Culture,LING406Cognitive Studies,LING415Sociolinguistics,LING419 Bilingualism,LING421Sociolinguistics of Spanish,LING490Discourse; and2coursesinsocioculturalstudiesoutsidethedepartmentapproved by the linguistics major advisor. Examples of appropriate courses are ANTH353Cultures of India,ANTH361Latin American Topics,PSYC202 Introduction to Social Psychology,HIST250Traditional Chinese Culture, andSOCI386African Americans in Society. · Second Language Acquisition Concentration.Twolanguagecourses atthe300levelorabovearerequired;thelanguagemaybethesameas thatusedtosatisfythebasiclanguagecompetency.Inadditiontothe 5linguisticscorecourses,4additionalcoursesarerequired,asfollows: LING340Theory and Methods of Teaching ESL;1structureoflanguage course(LING394Structure of Englishorotherlanguageequivalentsuch asLING318Structure of French,LING370Structure of Japanese,etc.,as approvedbythelinguisticsmajoradvisor);andany2ofthefollowing: LING 309 Psychology of Language, LING 313 Language and Culture, LING 415 Sociolinguistics, LING 418 The Acquisition of L2 Spanish, LING 419 Bilingualism, LING 420 Cognition and L2 Acquisition, LING 422 The Development of Tense and Aspect in Second Language Learning,andLING490Discourse. · Speech Sciences Concentration. This concentration is designed for thosewhowouldliketopursuecareerpathsinfieldsrelatedtospeech, language,andhearing.Medical-orientedfieldsunderthisrubricinclude speechpathologyandaudiology;speechtechnologyfieldsincludespeech recognitionandspeechsynthesis.The5corecoursesrequiredforthis concentration are LING 300 Linguistic Analysis, LING 301 Phonetics, LING311Phonology,LING415Sociolinguistics,andLING490Discourse. Inadditiontothecorecourses,studentsmusttakethe2-unitseminar LING 396 Professions in the Speech Sciences and 7 other upper-level coursesasoutlinedbelow:

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For students planning careers in medically-oriented fields, the 7 additional coursesmustincludeLING212Speech & Hearing Science,LING309Psychology of Language,andLING411Neurolinguistics.Additionally,4coursesarechosen asfollows: Fromlinguisticsoneofthefollowing:LING428Laboratory Phonology,LING490 Discourse,LING555Seminar in Phonetics, or LING 409 Special Topics,whenon atopicdeemedappropriatebythespeechsciencesadvisor. Fromcoursesoutsidethedepartment,3ofthefollowing: EDUC310Introduction to Special Education PSYC321Developmental Psychology PSYC339Statistical Methods PSYC351Psychology of Perception BIOS122Introduction to Biology KINE301Human Physiology NEUR511Integrative Neuroscience Forstudentsplanningcareersinspeechtechnology,the7additionalcourseswill include4ofthefollowing:LING304Introduction to Syntax,LING309Psychology of Language,LING428Laboratory Phonology,LING490Discourse, LING555 Seminar in Phonetics, orLING409Special Topics,whenonatopicdeemed appropriate by the speech sciences advisor.The remaining 3 requirements shouldbechosenfromthefollowingcoursesfromoutsidethedepartment: ELEC301Introduction to Signals ELEC434Digital Signal Processing Lab MECH373Acoustics COMP200Elements of Computer ScienceorCOMP210Principles of Computing Furthercoursesinthemedicalandthelanguagetechnologyareaswillenhance students'preparationfortheserespectivefields.Studentscontemplatingcareersin thespeechsciencesshouldconsultwiththespeechsciencesadvisorandfaculty inotherrelevantareasconcerningcoursechoiceandcareerplanning. Honors Program. The Linguistics Honors Program provides selected undergraduatemajorswiththeopportunitytoconductsupervisedresearch within their area of specialization in the major. Majors planning to pursue graduate training in linguistics or a related field are strongly encouraged toapply,aswellasotherswhowishtoaddtheexperienceofanintensive, individualizedresearchprojecttotheirundergraduateeducation. Application to the Honors Program should be made in person to the undergraduatemajoradvisorbeforetheendofthestudent'sjunioryear.In supportoftheapplication,thestudentshouldprepareabriefdescriptionof theproposedprojectsignedbythefacultymemberwhoistosupervisethe work(theprojectsupervisor).Acceptanceintotheprogramisbyagreement ofthelinguisticsfaculty.Onacceptance,thestudentwillenrollinLING482 Honors Project,withthesupervisingfacultymembernamedasinstructor. TheHonorsProgramframeworkisdesignedtofacilitatethedevelopmentof amentoringrelationshipbetweenstudentandfacultymember.Studentsare thusexpectedtomeetregularlywiththeirprojectsupervisorregardingtheir progress;thesupervisorisresponsibleforprovidingresearchguidanceand generalsupport. Withtheappropriatecompletionofmajorrequirementsandthehonorsproject orthesis,thestudentwillgraduatewithdepartmentalhonors. Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. This program is designed for students who plan to teach English to non-native speakersintheU.S.orabroad.TheCertificateofTeachingEnglishtoSpeakers

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ofOtherLanguages(TESOL)suppliesundergraduate-leveltraininginapplied linguisticsandtheEnglishlanguage,aswellassomepracticalpreparationfor Englishlanguageteaching.IteasilycanbecombinedwithLinguistics,English, orothermajors.Toenrollintheprogram,contactthedirectoroftheTESOL CertificateProgram,ClaireBowern. Theprogramconsistsof4requiredcoursesandapracticum. Required Courses LING200Introduction to the Scientific Study of Language;LING340Theory and Methods of Teaching ESL;LING394Structure of the English Language; and1ofthefollowing: LING 205 Language and Society; LING 300 Linguistic Analysis; LING 306 Language, Thought, and Mind;LING309Psychology of Language;LING313 Language and Culture;orLING415Sociolinguistics. Practical Component Thepracticalcomponentconsistsofatotalof20contacthoursoflanguage teaching/tutoringexperience.Thisrequirementmaybefilledinanumberof ways;seetheTESOLinformationonthelinguisticsdepartmentwebpagefor furtherdetails.Oncompletionofthepracticum,ashortreportonthestudent's teachingexperienceshouldbesubmittedtothecertificatedirector. Successfulcompletionoftheprogrammustbecertifiedbythedirectorofthe TESOLCertificateProgramandwillbeindicatedbyacertificateofcompletion, awardedoncompletionoftheRiceBA.

Phd In Linguistics

ThedoctorallinguisticsprogramatRiceemphasizesthestudyoflanguageuse andfunctional/cognitiveapproachestolinguistictheory.Ricefacultyengage inabroadrangeofresearchspecializations,allofwhichplayanimportant roleforin-depthgraduatetraining.Theseinterrelatedareasincludecognitive linguistics, language change, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, language documentationanddescription,phonetics,laboratoryphonology,andtypology. Otherfacultyresearchinterestsincludephonologicaltheory,acousticphonetics, speechsciencesandtechnology,syntax,languagerevitalization,neurolinguistics, forensiclinguistics,appliedlinguistics,andsecondlanguageacquisition.The programonlyadmitsstudentsplanningtostudyforthePhDdegreefulltime. Undergraduatepreparationideallyshouldincludelanguagestudyandcourse workinlinguisticsordisciplinesrelatedtolinguistics,suchasanthropology, applied linguistics, speech and hearing sciences, psychology, sociology, or studiesofparticularlanguages,althoughanadvanceddegreeisnotrequired.A master'sdegreemaybeearnedduringprogresstothePhDdegree.Admission totheprogramiscompetitive.Studentsadmittedtotheprogramaregenerally offeredfinancialsupportintheformoftuitionscholarshipsand/orstipends forlivingexpenses. Duringthe1styearofresidence,eachenteringstudentworkscloselywiththe graduateadvisortochooseaplanofstudycongruentwiththedemandsof theprogramandthestudent'sinterests.Emphasisthroughouttheprogramis onacloseworkingrelationshipwithfaculty.Studentsshouldselectareasof specializationthatfitwellwithfacultyresearchinterestsandactivities. Studentswithamaster'sdegreeinlinguisticswillprogressthroughthedegree programin4years;thosewithoutin5.Withnopriorlinguisticsbackground, courseworkinthefirst3yearswillinclude: · 1problem-solvingcourseinlinguisticanalysis(LING500)tobetaken inthe1styearofstudy · 2coursesintheareaofphonetics/phonology(LING501and511)

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· 2coursesintheareaofsyntactic/semanticanalysis(LING504andLING 515orLING413) · the2-coursesequenceinfieldmethods(LING407andLING408)tobe takennormallyinthe2ndyearofstudy · 2seminarsinthedepartmenttobetakeninthe2ndand/or3rdyearof study · 5additionalelectivecourses,including2coursesinothersubfieldsof linguistics,forthoseinthe5-yearprogram;2additionalelectivesforthose inthe4-yearprogram Priorpreparationinlinguisticswillbeassessedwithregardtoitsequivalence toparticularRicecourses.Graduatestudentsarerequiredtoregisterforat least12hourscreditpersemesterbeforeadvancingtocandidacy.Allstudents areexpectedtoserveasteachingassistantsfor1courseperyearduringthe timetheyarereceivingdepartmentalsupport;suchserviceisincludedinthe normalcourseload. Before advancing to candidacy, students must prepare 2 in-depth research papers.Eachpapermustrepresentadifferentareainthefieldoflinguistics(as determinedbythelinguisticsfaculty);aseparatecommitteeof3membersof thefacultyreadsandrefereeseachpaper.Thecommitteesarechosenbythe studentandapprovedbythestudent'sfacultymentor.Inaddition,oneofthe papersmustbepresentedinthedepartmentalcolloquium,anditisexpected that students submit their work for presentation at relevant professional meetingsandpublishtheirworkinvenuessuchasconferenceproceedings and/orjournalswhenpossible. Finally, students must fulfill the departmental language requirement of competencyinatleast2languagesotherthanEnglish.Seethedepartment webpageforspecificdetails. Inthecourseofthefirst3yearsintheprogram,thestudentshouldworktoward establishingacloseworkingrelationshipwithvariousmembersofthefaculty suchthatmultiplefacultymembersarefamiliarwiththestudent'swork.During the1styear,thegraduateadvisorservesasthestudent'sadvisor,butafterthe 1styear,thestudentselectsafacultymentortoprovidemorepersonalized advisinginadditiontothegeneraladviceofthegraduateadvisor.Afterthe student's2ndpaperisaccepted,adissertationadvisorisselectedandadoctoral committeeisformed,bymutualagreementofthestudentandtheanticipated committeemembers.Duringthe4thyear,studentspresenttotheircommittee membersa3rdresearchpaper,calledthedissertationprospectus,consisting ofasubstantialdissertationproposalandacomprehensivebibliography.This prospectus may take the form of a grant proposal to an external funding agency,particularlyinthecaseofproposedfieldwork.Oncompletionofthe prospectus,studentswillsubmittoanoralqualifyingexamtobeadministered by the dissertation committee.The exam will consist of 2 parts, a general examdemonstratingthestudent'sknowledgeofthefieldandadissertation prospectushearing.Oncompletionofthisqualifyingexamination,thestudent willadvancetocandidacy. Followingadvancementtocandidacy,thestudentworksfulltimetowardthe completionofthedissertation.Thestudentisexpectedtoconsultregularly withthecommitteemembersduringthedatacollectionandwritingprocess. Afteracompletedraftofthedissertationissubmitted,thestudentdefendsthe dissertationpublicly.Whenthefinalversionofthedissertationisacceptedby thedoctoralcommitteeandfiledwiththeuniversityandallotherrequirements arecertifiedasfulfilled,thedegreeisthengranted. Formorein-depthinformationaboutthelinguisticsgraduateprogramandfaculty, consultthedepartmentalwebpageathttp://www.linguistics.rice.edu/. See LING and SANS in the Courses of Instruction section.

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