Courses and Requirements

The linguistics program exposes students to the study of the structure and use of language, and urges students to find the ways in which structure and use are interrelated.  Students can explore language structure and use with faculty in the program through experimental and ethnographic methods.

Linguistics is the scientific study of language. Students will learn to examine language and languages in terms of structure (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics) and social use (pragmatics, language acquisition, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, cultural interpretation).

The Minor in Linguistics is administered by Masaaki Kamiya (EALL), Chaise LaDousa (Anthropology), and Mariam Durrani (Anthropology).

The minor in linguistics consists of five courses: an introductory course, one focusing on language structure, one focusing on language in society and two electives. These courses are to be selected from the linguistics courses currently available at Hamilton listed below.

Introductory courses:
LING 100 Introduction to Linguistics (Kamiya)

Language structure courses:
ANTHR/JAPN 219/319 Language acquisition (Kamiya)
ANTHR/JAPN 230 Morphology and Syntax: The Analysis of Structure (Kamiya)

Language in society courses:
ANTHR 234 Communication and Culture (Durrani)
ANTHR 257 Language, Gender and Sexuality (LaDousa)
ANTHR 264 Ethnography of Literacy and Visual Language (LaDousa)
ANTHR 270 The Ethnography of Communication (LaDousa)
ANTHR 323 Verbal Art and Performance (LaDousa)
ANTHR 370 Sociolinguistics of Globalization (LaDousa)

100 F Introduction to Linguistics.
This is a gateway course for the study of linguistics and is meant to provide students with an introduction to a wide range of topics in the field (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, and language acquisition). By examining these topics, students will explore the relationship between language and the mind, and language and society. Those who plan to minor in linguistics are encouraged to enroll in this course. (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.) Masaaki Kamiya, Chaise Ladousa.

201 S Linguistic Theory: A Brief History.
A general examination of the nature of language. Topics include the history of ideas about language; philosophical and cognitive aspects of language; evolutionary, structural and generative approaches to the analysis of language. (Writing-intensive.) (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.) Prerequisite, 126, 127 or consent of instructor. (Same as Anthropology 201.) Maximum enrollment, 18. Department.

[205 S] Topics in Japanese Linguistics.
This course explores Japanese phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Students will compare Japanese with English and examine universal perspectives of language. (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.) Prerequisite, 110, Anthropology 201 or consent of instructor. (Same as East Asian Languages and Literatures 205.)

219/319 F Language Acquisition.
Examines interface phenomena between pragmatics and language acquisition. Students will learn theoretical issues of semantics/pragmatics and the theory of the first language acquisition. Target languages to examine various phenomena are Chinese, Japanese, Korean and English. (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.) Prerequisite, For those taking 319, consult with the instructor. (Same as East Asian Languages and Literatures 219/319.) Kamiya.

[225 S] Phonetics and Phonology: The Analysis of Sound.
How the sounds of language are produced. The structure of sound systems in a variety of languages (including non-European). Organization of field projects: data collection, transcription analysis. (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.) (Same as Anthropology 225.)

[230 S] Morphology and Syntax.
This course explores the relationship between word formation and sentence formation by examining English and Japanese grammar (and, to a certain degree, that of other languages). Ultimately, both morphology and syntax play important roles in the interpretation of sentences. No previous linguistics background or Japanese language background is necessary. (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.) (Same as East Asian Languages and Literatures 230.)

234 S Communication and Culture.
In this course, we will examine the role that communicative processes play in shaping common conceptions of the world and in facilitating forms of social organization through which people experience everyday life. This course offers an introduction to the foundational relationship between language and culture by examining anthropological approaches to the study of language. In this course, you will learn how language both reflects and creates thought, culture, and power relations. You will also learn how to apply the concepts we study to your own everyday experiences with language. Prerequisite, Anthropology 113. (Same as Anthropology 234.) Mariam Durrani.

237 Indigenous Heritage Language Revitalization.
Examines language endangerment and revitalization programs around the world. Analyzes the practices of more and less successful programs including Maori, Hawaiian, and Navajo, as well as the roles of technology and social media in grassroots language revitalization. (Writing-intensive.) Maximum enrollment, 18. Meredith Moss.

[255] The Languages of East Asia.
Examines Chinese, Japanese and Korean as well as other languages found in East Asia. Topics include the syntactic (possible word order, inflections, particles, and combinations of all of them) and phonological structures (phoneme, pitch vs. tone, sound patterns) of these languages; the relationships of the languages to each other; differences and similarities of these languages from the universal point of view; the geographical, social and historical settings. No knowledge of any Asian language necessary. (Same as East Asian Languages and Literatures 255.)

257 F Language, Gender and Sexuality.
Stresses special lessons that anthropology has to teach about the gendered facets of linguistic expression, including the necessity of an approach that is both empirical, including moments of interaction, and critical, exploring issues of power and agency. Considers conceptual benefits and limitations to using gendered difference as a model for sexual difference in the study of linguistic expression. Prerequisite, one course in anthropology or consent of instructor. (Same as Anthropology 257 and Women's and Gender Studies 257 and Sociology 257.) LaDousa.

[264 F] Ethnography of Literacy and Visual Language.
Theory and analysis of communication and meaning in social and cultural context with particular attention devoted to the often-neglected aspects of literate communication. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, 113, 114, 115, 126, 127, or 201, or consent of instructor. (Same as Anthropology 264.) Maximum enrollment, 18.

[270 F] The Ethnography of Communication.
Theory and analysis of communication and meaning in social and cultural context. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, 113, 114, 115, 126, 127 or 201, or consent of instructor. (Same as Anthropology 270.) Maximum enrollment, 18.

(from the Hamilton Course Catalogue)

Contact Information

Linguistics Program

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
315-859-4972 mkamiya@hamilton.edu
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