Directed readings may be undertaken in the general area of linguistics, whether theoretical or applied. Specific topics are to be selected in consultation with the instructor and the linguistics minor program coordinator. The amount of material to be read, and any written assignments based on the reading, will be at the discretion of the instructor; it will be based on the level of the topic and the degree of difficulty of the reading, consistent with existing departmental or university guidelines. ENGL 3010 Introduction to Linguistics is a prerequisite for this course. The prerequisite may be waived or replaced by an equivalent at the discretion of the instructor in consultation with the linguistics minor program coordinator.
This course will offer opportunities for classroom study beyond those available in the regular course offerings for the linguistics minor. Topics will vary according to the interests of students and the expertise of the instructor; for example, advanced syntax, sociolinguistics, language typology, language and the law, artificial intelligence, neurolinguistics, and language death. The course may be taken more than once with different content. ENGL 3010 Introduction to Linguistics is a prerequisite for this course. The prerequisite may be waived or replaced by an equivalent at the discretion of the instructor in consultation with the linguistics minor program coordinator.
The Centering Experience is a capstone/synthesis requirement to be completed by reading texts from a list prepared by members of the Linguistics Minor Advisory Committee. The texts must be central to at least two of the disciplines represented in the minor. The reading will be done either as a directed reading or, enrollment permitting, a seminar, either of which may be team taught. Assessment in LING 4990 will be tailored to the studentsí interests, and might take the form of a practicum, a project, or a thesis (especially suitable for BIS or Honors students).
Weber State University 2012-2013 Catalog