Undergraduate Courses

  • LING 101 Introduction to Language & Linguistics I
    An introductory course to the study of language focusing on the properties of natural languages and aiming to familiarize the student with linguistic terminology and the concepts underlying these terms.
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  • LING 102 Introduction to Language & Linguistics II
    Extension of basic linguistic concepts both in depth and breadth. Practical application to data from a variety of languages with the aim of improving the student's ability to do linguistic analysis.
    Prerequisite: LING 101 or consent of instructor.
  • LING 104 Phonetics
    Introduction to articulatory and acoustic phonetics. Investigation of the physiological properties of our speech apparatus. Discussion of the physical properties of sound waves and their component parts that figure in linguistic description. Training in reliable identification, transcription and production of sounds in various languages.
    Prerequisite: LING 101 or consent of the instructor.
  • LING 201 Phonology
    Study of the sound systems of natural languages. Discussion of the fundamental notions and issues of phonological analysis.Working with data from different languages on phonemic analysis, setting up underlying representations, and stating phonological rules/processes. Introduction to new theoretical concepts and their implications in analysis.
    Prerequisite: LING 101 or consent of the instructor.
  • LING 202 Morphology
    Analysis of the structure of words and introduction to their modeling. Description of the components of a word: roots, stems, affixes, clitics, tone, stress. Analysis of word types, derivation, declension, and conjugation systems seen in typologically distinct languages. Practical application of the methodology to data in various languages.
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  • LING 203 Syntax
    Introduction to syntactic theory. Presentation of the basic concepts and tools of syntactic analysis. Discussion of issues such as phrase structure, predicate-argument structure, thematic roles, case, principles, coindexation, scope dependencies, anaphoric dependencies, the interpretation of syntactic gaps, features that determine word order.
    Prerequisite: LING 101 or consent of the instructor.
  • LING 206 Language Typology
    Introduction to the major language families of the world and to the study of language classification according to structural properties.Examination of the diversity and similarity among languages in terms of their syntactic, morphological and phonological characteristics. Comparison of the distribution of structural patterns within genetically related and unrelated languages.
    Prerequisite: LING 101 or consent of the instructor.
  • LING 305 Semantics
    Study of fundamental elements of semantic theory: compositionality, predication, truth-conditions, quantification, lexical semantics. Discussion of semantic concepts, such as reference, definiteness, negation, modality. Analysis of morphological, phonological and syntactic expressions of these concepts in various languages. Investigation of some issues of pragmatics such as presupposition, entailment, and implicatures.
    Prerequisite: LING 101 or consent of the instructor.
  • LING 307 Discourse Structure
    Analysis of the organization and structure of discourse in both written and spoken texts; focus on grammatical components of discourse including sentence structure, information structure, and intonation. Study of text structure from the perspective of cohesion and coherence, rhetoric and genre features.
    Prerequisite: LING 101 or consent of the instructor.
  • LING 313 Phonology and Morphology of Modern Turkish
    Analysis of the sound system and word structure of contemporary Turkish. Investigation of the phonological inventory, phonological processes such as vowel harmony/disharmony, (de)voicing, epenthesis, assimilation and stress assignment. Analysis of the internal structure of words and compounds and the types of lexical categories in the language. Practical application to data.
    Prerequisite: LING 101 or consent of the instructor.
  • LING 314 Syntax and Semantics of Modern Turkish
    Analysis of the basic structure of sentences and their meaning in contemporary Turkish. Description of functional sentence types: statements, questions, exclamations, orders, wishes. Analysis of the components of a sentence and the relations between them in terms of predicate-argument structure, grammatical functions, thematic roles and pragmatic prominence. Description of subordination and its types.
    Prerequisite: LING 204 or consent of the instructor.
  • LING 316 Brain and Language
    Overview of research pertaining to language and cognition with particular focus on evolutionary bases of language; nature/usage-based accounts of its emergence; brain sites relevant in linguistic processing and comprehension and first language acquisition.
    Prerequisite: LING 101 or consent of the instructor.
  • LING 324 Historical Linguistics
    Introduction to diachronic linguistics. Focus on types of language change, methods of linguistic reconstruction of extinct languages, the notion of language family/genetic relation, models of language change, internal and external factors in language chan
    Prerequisite: LING 101 or consent of the instructor.
  • LING 341 Sociolinguistics
    Study of the ways in which language serves to define and maintain group identity and social relationships among speakers. Discussion of regional and social variation in language, the relationship between language use and variables such as gender, ethnicity, social class and age. Discussion of bilingualism, language contact and language planning.
    Prerequisite: LING 101 or consent of the instructor.
  • LING 342 Discourse as Social Interaction
    Study of discourse as a social, cultural and practical phenomenon. Discussion of the interaction among discourse, context, power, and ideology. Overview of major approaches to discourse analysis such as speech act theory, conversation analysis, ethnography of communication, interactional sociolinguistics and critical discourse analysis.
    Prerequisite: LING 101 or consent of the instructor.
  • LING 350 Structure of Turkish Sign Language
    Investigation of the structure of Turkish Sign Language (TİD) in the context of sign language linguistics. Focusing on the similarities and differences between sign and spoken languages, in particular, on the comparative issues concerning the visual/spatial modality and the oral/aural modality. Discussion of the differences in the simultaneous expression of layers of meaning in sign languages versus the effect of linearization in spoken languages. Study of grammars of sign languages in terms of the system of distinctive features (phonology), morphology, syntax, and semantics.
    Prerequisite: LING 101 or consent of the instructor.
  • LING 406 Language and Identity
    Exploring the use of language in the construction of selves and identities and in the formation of social relationships; different approaches, methodologies, and findings from related fields including sociolinguistics, pragmatics, discourse studies, and cultural studies.
    Prerequisite: LING 101 or consent of the instructor.
  • LING 408 Language and Gender
    Exploring connections between language use and gender/sex systems. Introduction to a variety of sociolinguistic concepts such as style, dialect, speech community, conversation analysis and politeness.
    Prerequisite: LING 101 or consent of the instructor.
  • LING 409 Field Methods
    Instruction and practice in data elicitation through direct work with a native speaker of an unfamiliar language. Sketching a grammar of the language focusing on the phonological, morphological and syntactic properties of the language both through individual and group work with the speaker. Discussion of methodological and ethical aspects of data elicitation, data analysis, data transcribing and presenting linguistic material.
    Prerequisite: LING 101 or consent of the instructor.
  • LING 411 Linguistic Methodology
    Aimed at introducing students to data collection and evaluation methods of empirical and theoretical research in the field of general linguistics, dialectology, and language variability.
    Prerequisite: Prerequisite: LING 101 or consent of the instructor.
  • LING 412 Research and Writing
    Guided research and writing on a topic which has been approved as a suitable subject for an undergraduate project. Individual supervision by members of the department.
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  • LING 413 Comparative Analysis of Turkic Languages
    Comparative study of the main linguistic properties of the Turkic language family. Classification of sub-groups of the language family in terms of lexical, phonological, morphological and syntactic characteristics. Investigation of the differences and similarities in sound inventories, vowel harmony, affix ordering, word order, and the lexicon.
    Prerequisite: LING 101 or consent of the instructor.
  • LING 420 Advanced Phonology
    Introduction to current debates and research in phonology. Developments of the last 30 years and how they have changed our view of phonology. Discussion of non-linear models of phonology. In-depth discussion of central notions of those theories and their justification, as well as of the technical machinery associated with them. Comparison of various non-linear models of phonology.
    Prerequisite: LING 201 or consent of the instructor.
  • LING 430 Advanced Morphology
    General overview of current theories of morphology. Studying the central concepts of morphological analysis and how these are characterised in frameworks such as Prosodic Morphology, Word-and-Paradigm Morphology, Distributed Morphology, Parallel Morphology, Natural Morphology. Comparative analysis of selected morphological data in those models.
    Prerequisite: LING 206 or consent of the instructor.
  • LING 434 Linguistic Theory and Language Acquisition
    An overview of the issues in language acquisition and language development within different theories of language acquisition. Investigation of the stages of the acquisition of phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic and pragmatic aspects of the language. Discussion of the universal and biological aspects of language acquisition within different theoretical approaches to language acquisition.
    Prerequisite: LING 101 or consent of the instructor.
  • LING 440 Advanced Syntax
    Introduction to the basic concepts of generative syntactic theory. Discussion of the basic constructs and tools of generative syntactic analysis. Discussion of issues such as binding theory, X-bar theory, theta-theory, empty categories, control, movement. Comparison of different generative frameworks with respect to their conceptualization of representation, Syntactic analysis of data from various languages.
    Prerequisite: LING 204 or consent of the instructor.
  • LING 450 Advaced Semantics
    Introduction to the basic concepts of truth-conditional compositional semantic analysis. Analyzing natural language meaning with the tools of set theory and first- and higher-order logic. Analysis of quantificational constructions, scope ambiguity and scope rigidity. Discussion of the meanings of tense/aspect markers, quantificational adverbs, and modals.
    Prerequisite: LING 101 or consent of the instructor.
  • LING 470 Advanced Studies in Turkish Linguistics
    Selected readings on Turkish linguistics. Advanced discussion of some linguistic concepts in the context of Turkish. Discussion of a number of constructions in Turkish and the theoretical issues that they have raised.
    Prerequisite: LING101 or consent of the instructor.
  • LING 480-499 Special Topics in Linguistics in Turkish Linguistics
    Study of selected topics in linguistics, focusing on areas not covered in other undergraduate courses.
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