Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature
Linguistics Courses
Level I Level II Level III

Level I

LING1001 Introduction to Phoentics and Phonology
This course introduces students to the principles of acoustic and articulatory phonetics and the fundamentals of phonemic analysis.  It looks at the human anatomy and physiology used in the articulation of speech sounds.  At the end of the course students will be able to carry out transcriptions and phonemic analyses of language data.

LING1002 Introduction to Morphology and Syntax
This course introduces students to the formal approaches to the structure of words (Morphology) and sentences (Syntax) in English and other languages. At the end of the course students will be able to identify various types of morphemes, perform morphological analyses, and represent phrases and sentences in syntactic tree structures in a variety of languages.

LING1003 Essentials of English Grammar
This course is designed to enable students to identify and discriminate the relationships between structure and meaning
in English; to examine English structure along traditional grammatical lines; and to have a grammatical vocabulary with which to approach other kinds of structural analyses.

LING1004 Grammar and Meaning
This course aims to sensitize students to the connections between grammar and meaning. It approaches language from (1) the perspective of meaning and the meaning of its constituent parts, and 2) the perspective of grammatical structure and the grammar of its constituent parts.

LING1005 Introduction to Language
This course is a general introduction to language. Without examining the technical aspects of the discipline of linguistics,the course looks at the artibtary nature of language, its uniqueness to humans, its variation, and the application of language to make a difference to people's everyday  life.

LING1301Language and Communication in the Caribbean
This course aims to sensitize students to the role, status and functions of the two principal language varieties used in the communicative network of Caribbean speech communities, viz. the standard variety and the mass vernacular.

LING1310 Introduction to Dictionaries
This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to dictionaries, a field known as lexicography. Students will discuss four coms of dictionaries: composition, compilation, computers and communities. They will learn about the structure and content of dictionaries (compilation), the role of digital resources in the making of dictionaries (computers) and the importance of dictionaries to the people whose language they document (communities). By the end of the course, students will have the tools to be expert dictionary users and to help others use dictionaries more wisely and effectively.

LING1401 Introduction to Language and Linguistics
This course (and L15B) is a necessary base for proceeding to second and third year courses in Linguistics. The aim is to give students a general introduction to the field of Linguistics: the nature and origin of language; Socio-Linguistics; Language Acquisition; language typology and families; language change; grammar; writing systems.

LING1402 Introduction to Language Structure
The aim of the course is to introduce students to various descriptive aspects of the discipline such as Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Syntax and Semantics.
 

Level II

LING2004 Semantics
Perequisites: LING1001,LING1002 and LING1005

This course examines the field of semantics, i.e., basic concepts such as meaning as a property of expressions abstracted from situations, speakers and hearers. Some of the topics covered will include: basic concepts - reference, universe of discourse, sense, semantics vs syntax, semantics vs pragmatics.

LING2007 Pragmatics
This course deals with meaning as it varies in different contexts. The focus is on language in communication or on meaning in relation to speaker situation.

LING2099 Researh Methods in Linguistics
Prerequisites: LING1001,LING1002 and LING1005

This course is intended to provide students of Linguistics with the skills necessary to achieve the required standard for research papers in this discipline.

LING2101 Language Acquisition
Prerequisites: LING1001, LING1002 and LING1005

This course explores research on the processes by which children acquire their first languages naturally. It also deals with second language acquisition and the theories of second language learning.

LING2102 Language Learning and Teaching
Prerequisite: LING2101

This course explores approaches to and the sociolinguistic context of the learning and teaching  English and foreign languages in the Caribbean and elsewhere.

LING2301The Sociology of Language
Prerequisite: LING1005

This course covers a range of types and language situations, for example, bilingual, multilingual, diglossic. Creole continuum, etc. It also looks at the range of functions that particular languages can perform in a speech community; for example, official, standard, private, public, etc. The course is supported by references to case studies from language situations around the world.

LING2302 Sociolinguistics
Prerequisite: LING1001, LING 1002 and LING1005

This course  defines and examines fundamental sociolinguistics premises necessary for a non-biased look at the cognitive look at the cognitive and social functions of language varieties ;the correlation of linguistic and non-linguistic factors;sociolinguistics in the West Indian context; and the notion of communicative competence.

LING2401 Contemporary English Worldwide
This course is designed to introduce students to the multidimensional variety of English in use around the world.

LING2402Structure of the English Language
This course is designed to enable students to identify and discriminate the relationships between structure and meaning in English.

LING2410 Language, Contact and Change
This course is an introduction to the study of how languages change both from within and under the influence of other languages. This course will interest students who have ever wondered how some words come to have different meanings; how linguists figured out that Hindi, Russian, and English are distantly related; how changes in language spread from one or two people to entire countries; or how people can use Creole and English in the same sentence. Students will also get a chance to put their existing linguistic knowledge into practice, applying skills from other classes to solving historical linguistic puzzles.

LING2501 Language, Gender and Sex
This course introduces students to gender differentiation in language and language use and provides insights into the problems of interaction between the sexes.

LING2801 Phonology I:
The aim of the course is to introduce students to the fundamentals of phonological processes of language independently of any single theoretical model.

LING2802 Syntax:
The aim of this course is to deepen the student's knowledge of syntactic theory and analysis. This course is an advanced follow-up to L15B.

LING2899 French Lexicon Creole:
This course introduces students to advanced theoretical approaches to issues in phonology. It covers representation of segments, phonologiclal rule types, the representation of the syllable, metrical phonology, the interaction of phonology with morphology and syntax and markedness issues.
 

Level III


LING3001 Advanced Phonology: This course introduces students to advanced theoretical approaches to issues in phonology.

LING3002 Advanced Syntax: The aim of this course is to introduce students to the theoretical framework and application of transformational grammar.

LING3005 Study of Caribbean Words
Prerequisite: LING2004 (and some knowledge of either French or Spanish).

This course is designed to introduce the study of the morphosemantics and morphosyntax of a selection of Caribbean English
words and phrases according to chosen topics, but will also engage in a comparative analysis of words of other Caribbean languages, such as French Creole and Spanish. The word formation processes at work,, in addition to the semantic shifts and extensions found in multilingual Caribbean Creoles will be examined, as they relate to the further chronicling of the Caribbean lexicon. Some knowledge of either French or Spanish is desirable.

LING3006 The Making of Caribbean Glossaries
Prerequisites: LING3005 (and some knowledge of either French or Spanish)

This course will focus on preparing students to produce basic glossaries of Caribbean languages under specific topics geared to their interest, such as music, dance, sports, etc. by introducing them to the basic principles of chronicling language, with specific reference to Caribbean languages.  Reference skills will be developed through looking at relevant semantic concepts and through practical exercises.

LING3102 English as a Foreign Language
Prerequisites: LING2101 and LING3103
This course will focus on the approaches and methods used to teach English as a second language. This course will evaluate current methodology and explore methods and approaches that are appropriate for different age levels. Emphasis will be placed on developing basic interpersonal communication skills and cognitive academic language proficiency in learners of L2, and the focus will be on developing oral and written communication and reading abilities.

LING3103 The Teaching of English
Prerequisite: LING2102
This course will focus on theoretical and practical considerations of teaching English to native speakers in a formal setting. In particular, emphasis will be placed on the relevance and applicability of methods/approaches to the West Indian situation.

LING3201 Caribbean Dialectology
Prerequisites: LING1001, LING1002 and LING 1005 (or LING 1401 and LING1402)
This course takes an in-depth look at the socio-historical background and development of Caribbean dialects and languages. It provides detailed description and anlysis of contemporary Caribbean Creole language structure. It examines the linguistic structure of the Creole continuum and pays attention to the structure of non-Creole Caribbean languages.

LING3202 Creole Linguistics
Prerequisites: LING1001, LING1002 and LING1005 (or LING 1401 and LING1402)

This course begins by examining the phenomenon of creolisation and assessing with the validity of the term creole. Ig goes back on to look at de-creolisation in the context of theories of language cjamge and language acquisition. It finishes by examing the impact of Creole language studies on general linguistic theory.

LING3301 Pragmatics of Discourse: This course is designed to provide students with practical experience in analysing natural discourse used in everyday contexts in order to understand how speaker intent is encoded in language and how both linguistic and sociocultural knowledge interact in interpersonal communication.

LING3399 Language Planning
This course examines the theory and implications of language planning and analyses, the links between language and national identity, as well as the role of language in official communication networks. There is focus on the efforts made to plan language which affect its use in society, especially in relation to the bilingual, bidialectal, creole continuum and multilingual linguistic
situations in the Caribbean with societies such as Haiti, Suriname, St. Lucia, Dominica and Jamaica. Hence, students are introduced to the fundamental language planning concepts with attention given to the influence of international, regional and local sociolinguistic factors on language planning decisions. The course focuses on worldwide language roles in relation to the complexity involved, and issues such as official language policies, mother tongue education, orthography planning for creoles, language academies and language endangerment in specific international and Caribbean countries. Through this course, students will gain practical experience related to language planning.

LING3501 Social and Linguistic History of the Caribbean
Prerequisites: LING1005 and HIST1004

This course introduces students to the historical factors that account for the social and linguistic profile of the Caribbean. It looks at the relationship between migration and language as a general human phenomenon, presenting historical examples from Europe and Africa to demonstrate this relationship. It looks at the interrelationship of the history., social organisation, languages and cultures of the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean.


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