Linguistics Courses at Ashford University

Phonology. Morphology. Syntax. Phonetics. These linguistics courses will enhance your understanding of the spoken and written word beyond what you’ll find in a textbook. Through your examination of how language is acquired, taught, and processed, you will take part in weekly discussions and quizzes, and complete a capstone linguistics project in which you will develop and a course to share with potential employers, demonstrating your expertise in the field. These classes are the core of Ashford University’s Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics program.


Linguistics Class Descriptions and Credit Information

LNG 101 Introduction to Language

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3 Credits
Description

Language is a central part of our daily lives. It is how we communicate our thoughts and desires to others. Yet, we usually take language for granted, using it effortlessly without stopping to think about how it works. So, what exactly is language, and how does it work? This course is an introduction to linguistics, the scientific study of language. At the end of this course, students should understand what linguists study and have a good understanding of the core concepts in phonology, phonetics, morphology, syntax, and semantics. The developmental stages of language acquisition and the variations of dialect and style observed in spoken and written English are also examined.

LNG 206 Language & Technology

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course provides an introduction to the various ways language and technology interact. Students will understand the importance of computers that can process spoken and written language, and be introduced to a variety of implementations of these emerging technologies.

LNG 212 Second Language Acquisition

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course provides students an opportunity to investigate the process of acquiring a second language and to compare this process to learning in general. Students will also explore the basic theories of second language acquisition compared to first language acquisition and will discuss how these theories influence second language curriculum design and guide second language instructional methods.

LNG 222 Survey of Communicative Disorders

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course provides an introduction to the field of speech and language pathology. Students will survey a variety of communicative disorders and their effect on language development as compared to clinically normal growth and development of speech and language. Students will also consider the effect of these disorders on various levels of society.

LNG 310 Sounds of Language

Credits
3 Credits
Description

In this course, students begin to answer the questions: how do we speak, why do different languages sound distinct, and how does sound encode and convey meaning? Students will examine sounds and sound systems of languages by exploring the phonetic properties of language as well as various phonological systems that languages employ to organize these speech sounds into meaningful utterances. Students will also study selected applications of these theories.

LNG 320 Structures of Language

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course provides students an opportunity to explore the linguistic theories of morphology and syntax. Students will examine structure within language by describing and investigating the underlying principles and processes of word formation as well as the rules which govern phrase and sentence structure. Basic concepts addressed include morpheme-based morphology and a generative grammar approach to syntax. Students will also study selected applications of these theories.

LNG 321 Foundations of Linguistics

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3 Credits
Description

Language is a central part of our daily lives. It is how we communicate our thoughts and desires to others. Yet, we usually take language for granted, using it effortlessly without stopping to think about how it works. So, what exactly is language, and how does it work? This course is an introduction to linguistics, the scientific study of language. In order to understand what language is, a number of topics are examined, including: the sound system of language (phonetics and phonology); the structure of words and sentences (morphology and syntax); the meaning of words and sentences (semantics); how language is represented in the brain (neurolinguistics); modern writing systems (writing); how children learn language (language acquisition); how language can differ across time, between speakers, regions, and situations. While language is highly complex, it is also systematic and rule-governed. At the end of this course, you should understand what linguists study and have a good understanding of the core concepts in each of the above topics.

LNG 330 Language and Power: An Introduction to Discourse Analysis

Credits
3 Credits
Description

How does language function in maintaining and changing power relations in modern society? What are the ways of analyzing language which can reveal these processes? How can people become more conscious of power structures, and more able to resist and change them? The question of language and power is still important and urgent in the twenty-first century, but substantial social changes in the past decade have changed the nature of unequal power relations, and therefore the agenda for the critical study of language. This course provides an introduction to the analysis of discourse and dialogue, and brings the discussion fully up-to-date by covering the issue of globalization of power relations and the development of the Internet in relation to language and power.

LNG 353 Evolution of the English Language

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3 Credits
Description

Where did English come from, how has it evolved into the language that is used today, and why does American English behave differently than, for example, the English spoken in Ireland? Also, in what ways are different languages distinct, and how are they similar? Students will explore these topics in this course via a consideration of the methods of historical linguistics with English as a case study. Topics in linguistic typology will also be addressed.

LNG 360 Language & Society

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course provides an introduction to language in its social context. In this course, students will explore how language embodies culture, and how society is impacted by language. Topics include linguistic variation in diverse social contexts; language and gender; language and ethnicity; language and socioeconomic class; and the language of law, politics, propaganda, and advertising.

LNG 415 Meaning in Language

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course provides an introduction to the theory of meaning in language. Students will consider how language relates to the physical world, and how it contains and conveys truth, falsehood, and meaning. Students will also consider how various contexts factor into determining meaning, and will study selected applications of these theories.

LNG 450 Computational Linguistics

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of natural language processing and computational linguistics. Students will study basic elements of computer programming from a computational linguistics perspective and will apply these methods to solving selected problems representative of those encountered in the field.

LNG 455 Language Development Disorders

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course encompasses a study of the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of selected language development disorders from a clinical perspective. In an online classroom setting, students will investigate the causes and characteristics of specific language disorders, as well as the current methods of clinical assessment and treatments. Using transcribed and recorded speech samples, students will simulate the clinical processes of diagnosis and treatment by applying these methods. Throughout the course, students will consider the professional conduct and ethical guidelines set for by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Note: This course does not result in licensure or certification of any kind.

LNG 497 Applied Linguistics Capstone

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3 Credits
Description

This course provides students an opportunity to conduct research into a theoretical area of linguistics and its application to assist in creating a plan for future study and professional development. Students will select a topic of interest and research its current and potential applications to one or various areas of industry. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how key linguistic theories have allowed for progress within certain industries and identify opportunities that are still present in the field of applied linguistics.