The Husky Experience for Linguistics - Courses

B. Evans, E. Kaisse, K. Manlove; March/April 2015

Course Learning Goals Career-relevant skills Resume Wording/ Translation to Careers

Syntax

LING 461,

LING 462

  • Understand the systematicity of language by investigating language data and making predictions about possible/impossible patterns
  • Hypothesis formation and testing
  • Analyzing & investigating
  • Creativity
  • Compare two or more arguments that have different conclusions to a specific issue or problem
  • Understand the role of assumptions in argumentation
  • Research
In my syntax courses I learned how to gather information systematically to establish facts & principles. 

Phonetics

LING 450

 

  • Understand the articulatory and acoustic phonetic correlates of phonological features.
  • Understand of the relationship between phonetics and phonological features and patterns
  • Use professional tools of acoustic phonetics
 

  • Hypothesis formation and testing
  • Analyzing & investigating
  • Using computational skills and digital analysis tools
  • Research
  • Creativity 
In my phonetics class I developed skills for analyzing and investigating patterns using a combination of computational and analog tools.

Phonology

LING 451

 

  • Identify and analyze patterns in phonological data
  • Identify and understand cross linguistic differences in phonological systems
  • Be able to write a clear, coherent analysis of a phonological problem using sound argumentation
 

  • Analyzing & investigating
  • Hypothesis formation and testing
  • Compare two or more arguments that have different conclusions to a specific issue or problem
  • Understand the role of assumptions in argumentation
  • Research
 

In my phonology class I developed skills for analyzing data, making observations about patterns in the data, and selecting and supporting the best analysis by using sound argumentation.

Semantics

LING 442

  • Understand how meaning is constructed and interpreted in natural language
 

  • Analytical skills, critical thinking, problem solving
  • Hypothesis formation and testing
  • Research
Coursework in semantics has finely tuned my rational and logical thinking and developed my analytical thinking.

Sociolinguistics

LING 432

  • Understand the impact on language of social categories such as identity, socio-economic status, and group solidarity
 

  • Analytical skills, critical thinking, problem solving
  • Research
  • Hypothesis formation and testing
  • Recognition of diversity and the impact it can have in the workplace
  • Research
  • Interpersonal sensitivity
In my sociolinguistics course I developed skills for analyzing and making observations about patterns in data.  In addition, I developed an understanding of social diversity and have developed cultural sensitivity and an ability to build rapport with a diverse workforce in multicultural settings.

Computational Linguistics

LING 472

 

  • Develop familiarity with computational linguistic tools and resources
  • Understand the state of the art in the field (what is and isn’t possible with modern natural language processing?)
  • Be able to conceptualize problems from the perspective of computaional linguistics
 

  • Computational thinking
  • Evaluation techniques
  • Discovering and using computational linguistic resources
 In my computational linguistics course, I learned about the algorithms and computational resources that make up modern natural language technology, about applications of these components, and about how the formal systems studied in other linguistics courses can serve as the basis for automatic processing of naturally occurring text.  I also learned how to design an evaluation scheme to understand how well a given algorithm is performing its task.

American Sign Language

(ASL)

 

  • Develop a mastery of American Sign Language grammar skills and vocabulary
  • Gain an appreciation of deaf culture
 

  • Analytical skills, critical thinking, problem solving
  • Recognition of diversity and the impact it can have in the workplace
  • Interpersonal sensitivity
  • Creativity
By learning American Sign Language, in addition to being able to communicate with the Deaf community, I have developed effective interpersonal communication skills, presentation skills, and the ability to adapt new situations.  By learning about Deaf culture I have I developed an understanding of social diversity, cultural sensitivity and an ability to build rapport with a diverse workforce in multicultural settings.