Linguistics Major Guide for 2013-2014

What is Linguistics?

Language is the medium by which every fact, opinion, or belief is conveyed. Each language is a unique system for communicating such information.

Linguistics is the systematic study of human language systems, both as the specifically human capacity for acquiring and using complex systems of communication and as a specific instance of such a system of complex communication, that is a particular language – such as English, Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, American Sign Language, etc.  A language may be spoken, written, or signed.

The Program in Linguistics at The University of Tennessee is an Interdisci­plinary Program (IDP) in the College of Arts and Sciences. Faculty are located in Departments in The College of  Arts & Sciences and in The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.

The Linguistics concentration offers a broad exposure to the various areas of linguistics (including historical, descriptive, applied, and theoretical linguistics) and offers opportunities to study fields where linguistics overlaps with other disciplines such as psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, neurolinguistics, pragmatics, speech pathology, and forensic linguistics. It is designed to prepare a student for graduate work in linguistics or related areas, or to serve as an enrichment to the study of a particular language. It provides the additional possibility of emphasizing the teaching of English as a second language for the student interested in employment at the B.A. level.

Annual activities of the Program include invited speakers and participation in area, national, and international conferences. Past speakers include John Baugh, Washington University, “Linguistic Diversity and Discrimination in American Schools and Society”; Stephen D. Krashen, University of Southern California, “Free, Voluntary Reading: It Will Help First Language Acquisition, Second Language Acquisition, Make You Smarter, and Help You Sleep at Night”;  Aleka A. Blackwell, Middle Tennessee State University, “Early Lexical Development: Input, Semantic Transparency, or Cognitive Biases?”; Jeanette Allsopp, University of the West Indies, “An Introduction to Caribbean Languages”; Jeffrey Davis, University of Tennessee, “Native American Sign Language: A Historical and Linguistic Account”; Oleg Tarnopolsky, Dnipropetrovsk University of Economics and Law, “Creative Writing in EFL: Why and How?”; Phil Harrison, Georgia State University, “Voice IDs, forensic phonetics, and John Lennon”; Robert Fischer, Texas State University, “Is There a Place for Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) in Foreign Language Departments?”; and most recently, William A. Kretzschmar, Jr., University of Georgia, “Complexity Theory in Language Study: Corpus Linguistics, Lexicogrammar, and Variation” (April 2012).

Faculty and student participation in recent conferences includes presentations at the Linguistic Society of America, the American Dialect Society, NWAV (New Ways of Analyzing Variation), the American Association for Applied Linguistics, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, GURT (Georgetown University Roundtable on Linguistics), the Law & Society Association, the SouthEastern Conference on Linguistics, and the annual one-day Linguistics Symposium at Carson-Newman College, of which UT is now a co-sponsor. In 2012, five individuals from UT were on the Symposium program. For more information, see http://www.cn.edu/news?view=178.  A new organization, East Tennessee Linguists (ETL), is currently being moved to a website.

Career Opportunities in Linguistics

Graduates of our program are well prepared to pursue advanced study in linguistics. Past graduates of our program have entered a variety of language-related and applied professional fields (translation, audiology, speech pathology, and language teaching), as well as linguistics itself as an academic discipline.

How to Major in Linguistics

Students should consult a program advisor early in planning a Linguistics major or minor. Linguistics 200 (Language, Linguistics, and Society) is highly recommended. Other 300-level courses should, if possible, be completed before 400-level courses are begun. See the Program Chair for additional information.

Requirements for Linguistics

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS:

Co-requisites

Completion of a third year of study of an Indo-European language other than one’s first language and a two-semester sequence of a non-Indo-European language to be selected from the following:

Asian Languages 131-132 (Elementary Chinese)
Asian Languages 151-152 (Elementary Japanese)
Asian Studies 121-122 (Elementary Modern Standard Arabic)
Asian Studies 141-142 (Elementary Modern Hebrew)
Educational Interpreting 223, 226 (American Sign Language)
Religious Studies 309-310 (Elementary Classical Hebrew) or other non-Indo-European languages offered in a two-course sequence and approved by the Linguistics Committee.

Concentration:

30 hours distributed as follows:

21 hours composed of
Audiology & Speech Pathology 305 Phonetics (or an appropriate substitute)
English/Linguistics 371 Foundations of the English Language
English/Linguistics 372 The Structure of Modern English
English/Linguistics 471 Sociolinguistics
Linguistics 423 The Development of Diachronic and Synchronic Linguistics
Linguistics 425 Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics (cross-listed with French/Spanish/
German/Russian 425)
Linguistics 426 Methods of Historical Linguistics (cross-listed with French/Spanish/
German/Russian 426)

9 hours of the following, selected in consultation with a Linguistics Advisor:

Anthropology 411 Linguistic Anthropology
Audiology & Speech Pathology 302 Acoustic and Perception
Audiology & Speech Pathology 320 Speech and Language Development
CMST 412 Close Relationships
FLED 455 Teaching of Foreign Language, Grades 7-12
French 421 Phonetics
French 422 Advanced Grammar
Linguistics 321 Introduction to Old English
Linguistics 400 Topics in Linguistics
Linguistics 431 Topics in Hispanic Linguistics (cross-listed with Spanish 430)
Linguistics 435 Structure of the German Language
Linguistics 436 History of the German Language
English/Linguistics 472 American English
English/Linguistics 474 Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language
English/Linguistics 476 Second Language Acquisition
Linguistics 477 Pedagogical Grammar for ESL Teachers
Linguistics 485 Special Topics in Language
English/Linguistics 490 Language and Law
Linguistics 491 Foreign Study
Linguistics 492 Off-Campus Study
Linguistics 493 Independent Study
Psychology 400 Cognitive Psychology: Language and Symbolic Processes
Spanish 421 Phonetics
Spanish 422 Advanced Grammar and Translation
Theatre 326 Advanced Voice and Speech

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

18 credit hours composed of:

12 hours
Audiology & Speech Pathology 305 Phonetics (or an appropriate substitute)
English/Linguistics 371 Foundations of the English Language
or
English/Linguistics 372 The Structure of Modern English
Linguistics 423 The Development of Diachronic and Synchronic Linguistics
Linguistics 425 Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics (cross-listed with French/Spanish/ German/Russian 425)
or
Linguistics 426 Methods of Historical Linguistics (cross-listed with French/Spanish/ German/Russian 426)
6 additional hours selected in consultation with a Linguistics advisor from this list:
Anthropology 411 Linguistic Anthropology
Audiology & Speech Pathology 302 Acoustic and Perception
Audiology & Speech Pathology 320 Speech and Language Development
CMST 412 Close Relationships
English/Linguistics 471 Sociolinguistics
FLED 455 Teaching of Foreign Language, Grades 7-12
French 421 Phonetics
French 422 Advanced Grammar
English/Linguistics 321 Introduction to Old English
Linguistics 400 Topics in Linguistics
Linguistics 431 Topics in Hispanic Linguistics (cross-listed with Spanish 430)
Linguistics 435 Structure of the German Language
Linguistics 436 History of the German Language
English/Linguistics 472 American English
English/Linguistics 474 Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language
English/Linguistics 476 Second Language Acquisition
Linguistics 477 Pedagogical Grammar for ESL Teachers
Linguistics 485 Special Topics in Language
English/Linguistics 490 Language and Law
Linguistics 491 Foreign Study
Linguistics 492 Off-Campus Study
Linguistics 493 Independent Study
Psychology 400 Cognitive Psychology: Language and Symbolic Processes
Spanish 421 Phonetics
Spanish 422 Advanced Grammar and Translation
Theatre 326 Advanced Voice and Speech

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“Ready for the World” is part of a long-range plan to transform the UTK campus into a culture of diversity that best prepares students for working and competing in the 21st century.  Thus students are encouraged to actively participate in the diverse cultural programs offered on campus.  Some of these events include the guest lecture series, cultural nights at the International House, and international film screenings.  Visit the Center for International Education web site (http://web.utk.edu/~globe/about.shtml) or the Ready for the World web site (http://www.utk.edu/readyfortheworld/) for more information on upcoming cultural programs and activities. Learn more about UT’s Ready for the World initiative to help students gain the international and intercultural knowledge they need to succeed in today’s world.

Students are also encouraged to develop a global perspective within their academic program through study abroad. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, offers study abroad programs in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, South America, and North America. Program lengths vary from mini-term trips to the entire academic year, and students may choose to fulfill general education requirements, study a foreign language, or take courses within their majors. In addition, UTK offers students opportunities for international internships.

Students are highly encouraged to begin planning early in their academic career and to consult with an academic advisor about the best time to study abroad as well as what courses to take abroad. For more information about program options, the application process, and how to finance study abroad, please visit the Programs Abroad Office website.

Academic Plan and Milestones

Following an academic plan will help students stay on track to graduate in four years. Beginning with first-time, first-year, full-time, degree-seeking students entering in the Fall 2013 semester, UT has implemented Universal Tracking (uTrack), an academic monitoring system designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA.

To see a sample academic plan and milestones for this major, please visit the undergraduate catalog.

For More Information

Bethany K. Dumas
Department of English
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-0430
dumasb@utk.edu

Note

The information on this page should be considered general information only. For more specific information on this and other programs refer to the UT catalog or contact the department and/or college directly.