LC and LINGUISTICS COURSES
LC and LING Courses for SUMMER 2013
LC 331 Topics in Brazilian Culture
A trip to Brazil through readings, discussions, movies and music. Brazil: the country of carnival, soccer and much more! Learn more about the fastest growing and 7th largest economy in the world. Try Brazilian culture right here at Purdue! Fulfills Gen Ed or Culture requirement in the School of Science.
LC and LING Courses for FALL 2013
In addition to language-specific course offerings, the school offers courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels which are not specific to a particular language. These courses, with the LC or LING designator, cover more than one language or the content varies from language to language in different semesters.
LC 239 CONTEMPORARY WOMEN WRITERS
This class takes geo-cultural and thematic approaches to Arab women writers from North America, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe; works will be explored through the lens of feminist theory and consider the impact of political and social changes worldwide. Topics include gender, marriage, work, education, and travel/immigration.
LC 261 (formerly FLL 261) - INTRODUCTION TO THE LINGUISTIC STUDY OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES
This course offers a broad overview of language and the psychological and social phenomena associated with its use. Linguistics is the scientific study of language systems and language use in form, meaning, and context. In this course, we will examine language structures, such as Phonetics and Phonology (sound systems), Morphology (word formation), and Syntax (combinatory properties). In addition, we will discuss cognitive/neurological issues such as language in the brain, animal communication, and language acquisition. Lastly, this course will approach societal issues, including Pragmatics (language in context), language/dialectal variation and language change. As a whole, this course seeks to establish what language is and how it is used in human interaction. Instructor: TBA
LC 371 PHONETICS OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES
LC 490 LANGUAGE TEACHING METHODS & SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
This course explores issues related to how learning and teaching can be enhanced by presenting practical ideas that can be implemented in the foreign language classroom. The semester will be an overview of various teaching methodologies in foreign language instruction and will enable students to become familiar with the theories of language acquisition and language learning that underlie these methodologies. Overall, it will provide a foundational knowledge upon which future teachers of languages may build to develop effective teaching strategies and to make informed choices in pedagogy. We will also consider the relationship between second language acquisition theory and research with language pedagogy. The assignments for the course include the creation of teaching materials, the presentation of a reading, and a project on the student's language of interest. There are no pre-requisites for this course, which is taught in English. Instructor: Prof. Neary-Sundquist
LC/FR/GER/SPAN519/JPNS521 TEACHING FOREIGN LANGUAGES IN COLLEGE
This course is intended for new graduate teaching assistants in the department and serves as an introduction to teaching foreign languages at Purdue. The course goals include: becoming more aware of factors that affect the learning process; more clearly identify and define the role of the instructor in the language classroom; thinking critically about your own teaching as well as teaching methodology; considering the relationship between SLA research and language pedagogy; and understanding where the field of language pedagogy has been in the past and where it is headed. The assignments for the course include a teaching demonstration, the presentation of a reading, and the creation of teaching materials. This course is cross-listed with the other languages in the department and is taught in English Instructors: Profs. Lori Czerwionka and Colleen Neary-Sundquist
LC 563 HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS
LC 565 SOCIOLINGUISTICS
LC/GER/JPNS575/FR/SPAN596 THEORIES OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
LC/FR/GER/SPAN 630 BIBLIOGRAPHY & LITERARY CRITICISM
LC 650 WOMEN AND MODERNITY
The seminar focuses on how issues of modernity are fused, both by men and women writing in Europe at the turn of the XX century, with concerns about gender. Departing from the philosophical, medical and cultural texts of Otto Weininger, Georg Simmel, Sigmund Freud, Cesare Lombroso and others who debated the role of women at the turn of the XX century and saw them either as a threatening force entering into and thus disrupting the public sphere, or as a reassuring bastion against the fragmented world of modernity, we will examine how women writers active at this time use different theoretical and narrative strategies to represent and question diverse models of female identity. We will read, among others, works by Rosa Mayreder, Colette, Lou Andreas-Salomé, Sibilla Aleramo and Karen Michaelis. Throughout the semester we will also read the most important theoretical contributions on gender and modernity by contemporary cultural and literary critics. This course should be of interest to anybody interested in fin de Siècle literature, the role of women in modernity and feminist theory. Instructor: Prof. Coda
LC/FR/GER/JPNS/SPAN679/ENGL696/LING689 LANGUAGE AS A COMPLEX ADAPTIVE SYSTEM
In this graduate seminar, students will examine characteristics of complexity as represented in the study of language. Complexity science refers to a quickly growing and robust field of interdisciplinary research on the dynamics of change in a specific category of systems known as complex adaptive systems—large systems with many interacting parts that are able to evolve, adapt, and self-organize. Examples in nature include neural networks, the internet, ant colonies, cities, or the global economy. These systems adapt as a whole in order for the individual parts to survive.
Students will explore typical properties of complex systems in various subfields of linguistics. In particular, the course will be divided up into units that cover the origins and evolution of language, first and second language acquisition, historical linguistics, and sociolinguistic variation. Particular focus will be given to the dynamics of networks as they relate to language variation and change. Class will consist of instructor lectures, class discussions based on readings, student presentations of articles, and homework on computational modeling and network theory. In particular, we will examine previous research on the following properties of complex systems: networks, emergence, self-organization, non-linear behavior, and feedback loops. Students will be required to take part in class discussions, give presentations, and write an annotated bibliography on a topic of their choice.The seminar is designed for graduate students in linguistics but does not have any pre-requisites. For any questions, please feel free to contact Prof. John Sundquist.
LC 679 QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH IN SECOND LANGUAGE STUDIES
LC 679 BILINGUALISM AND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION