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The University of Texas at Arlington
Graduate Catalog 2002-2004

Program in Linguistics
Degree Requirements | Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) | International Linguistics Center | Courses

Areas of Study and Degrees


M.A., Ph.D.



(See Program in Humanities)

Master's Degree Plans

Thesis, Thesis Substitute and Non-Thesis

Program Director

David J. Silva

403 Hammond, 817-272-3133

Associate Director

Donald A. Burquest

127 Hammond, 817-272-5331

Ph.D. Graduate Advisor

Jerold A. Edmondson

403 Hammond, 817-272-3133

M.A. and TESOL Graduate Advisor

Irwin Feigenbaum

226 Hammond, 817-272-5332

Graduate Faculty



Associate Professors

Burquest, Feigenbaum, Silva

Assistant Professors

Or, Stvan

Adjunct Professors

Grimes, Headland, G. Huttar, Merrifield, Rensch, Robbins

Adjunct Associate Professors

Franklin, Gregerson, Hwang

Adjunct Assistant Professors

Boothe, Bowling, Bruce, Diehl, Gallman, Hohulin, M. Huttar, Leaders, McElhanon, C. McKinney, N. McKinney, Morgan, Morren, Reed, Simons, Turnbull, Walker, Walter, Wendell, L. Yost, W. Yost

Professor Emeritus



Linguistics, the systematic study of human language, is situated at the crossroads of the humanities, the social sciences, and the physical sciences. The program in linguistics at The University of Texas at Arlington provides comprehensive training in methods of linguistic analysis, as informed by current linguistic theory and data from a variety of languages. Students receive instruction in the analysis of sound systems (phonetics and phonology) and grammar (morphology and syntax); in addition, the program has strengths in field linguistics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, literacy, translation and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). Linguistic science has applications in language learning and teaching, literary analysis and criticism, psychology, communication, anthropology, philosophy, neurology, sociology, speech recognition and synthesis, and artificial intelligence. Graduates of the program may find employment in fieldwork and field program administration, international affairs and development, literacy consultation and language planning, language technology, research, teaching, translation and other fields.

The master's degree provides broad-based training in the core areas of linguistics as well as firsthand experience working with geographically diverse, often previously undocumented languages. Optionally, students may specialize in the application of linguistics to teaching English to speakers of other languages.

The Ph.D. degree provides advanced training in field linguistics and linguistic computing, and experience in presenting original research in professional venues. Students are expected to develop in-depth expertise in two or more areas of specialization.

For further information on graduate degree programs in linguistics, consult the program's Web site at or contact the appropriate Graduate Advisor.

Degree Requirements

Graduate programs in linguistics are primarily designed for those with a background in one or more foreign languages and/or a background in the linguistic aspects of the English language, but others who are willing to fulfill the listed prerequisites are invited to apply. Candidates must present the following prerequisite undergraduate coursework: phonetics, phonology, and grammatical analysis.

Requirements for master's and Ph.D. degrees are given in the Advanced Degrees and Requirements section of this catalog. In addition, the following apply to linguistics students:

All M.A. students take the core courses in linguistics.

M.A. Thesis Degree Plan: 24 hours coursework plus one hour thesis writing course (LING 5100) plus six hours thesis credit (LING 5698).

M.A. Thesis Substitute Degree Plan: 30 hours coursework plus one hour thesis writing course (LING 5100) plus three hours thesis substitute credit (LING 5392) plus written examination plus oral defense of the thesis substitute.

M.A. Non-Thesis Degree Plan: 36 hours coursework plus comprehensive written examination on the coursework.

All Ph.D. students must demonstrate knowledge of core areas of linguistics by passing a diagnostic examination within their first 18 hours of enrollment in the Ph.D. program. In addition, there is a foreign languages requirement and a professional activities requirement. Ph.D. Degree Plan: 12 hours foundation coursework plus 18 hours support coursework plus three hours dissertation proposal (LING 6391) plus nine hours dissertation (LING 6999).

For additional information on prerequisites or degree requirements, consult the Graduate Advisor.

Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

This program provides preparationthrough study and practice for the individual who wishes to teach English to speakers of other languages. It is available to any student who has been admitted to the Graduate School at U.T. Arlington.

The certificate requires 18 hours of coursework: LING 5300, 5301, 5302, 5305, 5310, and 5303 or 5304. In addition to the coursework, there is a practicum; this is done under LING 5110. LING 5300 (or equivalent linguistics coursework) is a prerequisite for LING 5301, 5305, and 5310; LING 5301 is a prerequisite for LING 5302, 5303, and 5304. Even if the student presents an equivalency of LING 5300, 5301, and/or other coursework, the 18-hour requirement must be met. A maximum of three credit hours of coursework done at another institution can be transferred and counted toward the certificate.

Upon beginning study for the certificate, the student should contact the Graduate Advisor in Linguistics to declare the intention to earn the certificate.

International Linguistics Center

The International Linguistics Center (ILC) is home to both SIL International (SIL) and the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL), two non-profit organizations that conduct research and provide training of interest to linguists, translators, missionaries, anthropologists, literacy workers, bilingual educators, government officials, and others. Since the 1970s, U.T. Arlington has entered into a series of contractual agreements with SIL and GIAL such that many of the linguists based at the ILC hold appointments at U.T. Arlington as special members of the Graduate Faculty. The most current agreement also specifies terms for credit transfer between U.T. Arlington and GIAL. The ILC is located approximately 14 miles from U.T. Arlington, one mile west of Duncanville, at 7500 West Camp Wisdom Road, Dallas.

For more information about the ILC and its relationship to U.T. Arlington, contact the Director of the Program in Linguistics, David J. Silva, 403 Hammond Hall, 817-272-3133. Information specific to SIL can be obtained from SIL Vice President of Academic Affairs Paul Frank (972-708-7532) or at Information about GIAL is available from GIAL President David A. Ross (972-708-7340) or at

The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; it cannot be changed by completing course requirements in a later semester. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. A grade of X cannot be changed by enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Linguistics (LING)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes at Please refer to this Web site for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

5100. THESIS WRITING SEMINAR (1-0). Graded P/F only. Techniques for researching and writing a thesis/dissertation in linguistics. Required of all students who have elected the Thesis or Thesis Substitute degree option in Linguistics.

5110. TESOL PRACTICUM (1-0). Graded P/F only. In observing ESOL classes or in teaching learners of ESOL, the student demonstrates ability to apply the principles presented in the TESOL Certificate coursework. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

5190. CONFERENCE COURSE IN LINGUISTICS (1-0). Graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: permission of Graduate Advisor.

5300. LINGUISTIC ANALYSIS (3-0). An overview of the study of human language from a linguistic perspective. Topics covered may include the analysis of language structures, the study of language in social contexts, the principles governing language change, and the application of linguistic analysis to language teaching, literary studies, literacy, and translation. May not be used to fulfill the MA degree requirements in linguistics.

5301. TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE (3-0). Presentation and critique of methodologies of teaching English to speakers of other languages, with emphasis on techniques of teaching aural comprehension; speaking, reading, and writing skills; attention to testing, language laboratory, and linguistic-cultural differences. Prerequisite: introductory course in linguistics or permission of instructor.

5302. METHODS AND MATERIALS FOR TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE (3-0). Systematic study of the application of linguistic theory and findings; emphasis on pedagogical strategies, materials, and tests; attention to current and past research and practices. Prerequisite: LING 5301.

5303. CONTRASTIVE ANALYSIS AND ERROR ANALYSIS IN THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH AS A SECOND OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE (3-0). A study of contrastive analysis and error analysis as means of defining student problems and progress; emphasis on current research; application to specific problems and contexts. Prerequisite: LING 5301.

5304. PEDAGOGICAL GRAMMAR OF ENGLISH (3-0). Grammaticality, variation, and acceptability applied to teaching English as a second or foreign language. Problems of description; means of application; adaptation to current pedagogical methods. Prerequisite: LING 5301.

5305. SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION (3-0). Study of the processes of first and second language acquisition, their similarities and differences, language disorders, language perception and
production, and implications of language acquisition research for linguistic theory and language teaching.

5307. PEDAGOGICAL PHONOLOGY OF ENGLISH (3-0). A study of the sound system of English. Topics include segmental phonemes, stress, length, intonation, and variation at the lexical and utterance levels. Application to teaching English as a second or foreign language. Problems of description; means of application; adaptation to current pedagogical methods. Prerequisites: LING 5300 and LING 5301.

5309. LANGUAGE USE IN MULTILINGUAL SOCIETIES (3-0). An overview of linguistics and some of its applications, with primary focus on language use in developing nations. May not be used to fulfill the MA degree requirements in linguistics.

5310. SOCIOLINGUISTICS (3-0). The study of language in its social context, including topics such as linguistic variation, address and reference, speech levels, bilingualism, code switching, speech acts, conversational analysis, and language and gender.

5311. SOCIOLINGUISTICS OF SOCIETY (3-0). The study of macro-sociolinguistics, including topics such as multilingualism, language standardization and planning, literacy, language dominance, maintenance and death, language and identity, diglossia, and pidgins and creoles.

5312. LANGUAGE AND GENDER (3-0). The role of language in the expression and creation of gender identities. Gender differences in language structure and use, men's and women's languages in other cultures, the acquisition of gendered ways of speaking, and sexism in language.

5313. TOPICS IN SOCIOLINGUISTICS (3-0). Selected topics relating the scientific methodologies of linguistics to larger concerns of society and culture including cognition, motivation, description and analysis. May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

5314. HISTORICAL AND COMPARATIVE LINGUISTICS (3-0). The study of language development and change; comparative method and its use in linguistic reconstruction; laws of language change.

5320. PHONOLOGICAL THEORY (3-0). Explores the principles governing sound systems in human languages.

5321. ADVANCED PHONOLOGICAL THEORY (3-0). A continuation of LING 5320. Topics include autosegmental analysis, lexical phonology, metrical phonology and phonological feature geometry. May be repeated for credit when topic changes. Prerequisite: LING 5320.

5322. LABORATORY PHONOLOGY (3-0). An investigation into the physical properties of human speech. Students will gain hands-on experience with computer-assisted speech analysis. No prior computer experience is assumed. Prerequisite: LING 5320

5330. FORMAL SYNTAX (3-0). Explores the grammatical structures characteristic of human language by analyzing data from diverse languages within the theoretical framework of formal syntax.

5331. ADVANCED FORMAL SYNTAX (3-0). A continuation of LING 5330. Investigates theoretical controversies in formal syntax and provides extensive opportunity for application in linguistic field work. Prerequisite: LING 5330.

5332. DISCOURSE GRAMMAR (3-0). Studies grammatical structures of discourse, paragraph, sentence, and clause, using texts and other data from typologically different languages. Focuses on both morphosyntactic forms and their functions in discourse.

5333. FUNCTIONAL-TYPOLOGICAL GRAMMAR (3-0). Grammatical analysis based on the communicative functions of grammar as mediated through discourse; involves comparison across languages.

5334. MORPHOLOGY (3-0). A theoretical and typological investigation into the nature of word-structure and word-formation
processes in human languages.

5335. LANGUAGE UNIVERSALS AND LINGUISTIC TYPOLOGY (3-0). Consideration of universals in human language, their explanation and description, and language types.

5340. PRINCIPLES OF TRANSLATION (3-0). Theory and procedures in cross-language transfer with emphasis on basic linguistic notions such as form vs. meaning, multiple senses, and types of lexical equivalences and sociolinguistic factors involved in idiomatic translation. Prerequisite: LING 5330 or 5333, or permission of the instructor. May not apply toward degree requirements if LING 5341 and ANTH 5342 are applied.

5341. PRINCIPLES OF LITERACY (3-0). Principles involved in the introduction of literacy to preliterate societies. Includes consideration of motivational factors, stimulation of indigenous authorship, orthography design, elements of reading methodology and alternative strategies for literacy programs. May not apply toward degree requirements if LING 5340 and ANTH 5342 are applied.

5342. LITERACY INSTRUCTION AND APPLIED LINGUISTICS (3-0). A study of the linguistic, pedagogical, and sociocultural bases for training literacy teachers in languages of preliterate societies. Surveys current trends in literacy instruction, issues of language choice, and the use of linguistically appropriate material.

5343. READING THEORY AND APPLIED LINGUISTICS (3-0). Survey of reading theory with practical application to preparation of literacy materials for preliterate societies. Focuses on specific linguistic and psycholinguistic factors involved. Prerequisites: LING 5320.

5344. SOCIOLINGUISTIC ASPECTS OF LANGUAGE PROGRAMS (3-0). Survey of the linguistic and social factors involved in the development of language programs for preliterate speakers of vernacular languages. Special attention given to the effect of using the mother tongue and/or a second language in such programs, and accompanying measurement and documentation.

5345. SEMANTICS (3-0). Considers meaning with respect to how humans form concepts in terms of semantic features, categorization, prototype imaging, cultural scenes, scripting and coherence within world views.


5350. TEXT ANALYSIS (3-0). Methods of charting and analyzing texts to reveal the systematic contributions of pragmatic choices to their organization and meaning. Prerequisite: LING 5330, 5332, or 5333.

5351. SPOKEN DISCOURSE (3-0). Techniques for collecting, transcribing, and analyzing conversation and other forms of spoken communication. Topics may include discourse prosody, turn-taking and exchange structure, interactional sociolinguistics, discourse in oral cultures, and cross-cultural communication.

5360. NON-WESTERN LINGUISTIC STRUCTURES (3-0). Study of a selected non-Western language, language family or language area based on descriptive linguistic analysis. May be repeated once for credit as the topic varies.

5361. READINGS IN NON-WESTERN LINGUISTIC STRUCTURES (3-0). May not be used to fulfill the non-Western language requirement. Prerequisite: LING 5360 or equivalent.

5370. SURVEY OF LINGUISTIC THEORIES (3-0). A comparison and contrast of various linguistic theories, with consideration of their assumptions and problem-solving capacities.

5371. SURVEY OF THEORIES IN APPLIED LINGUISTICS (3-0). A comparison and contrast of various linguistic theories, with consideration of their implications for application to real-world problems involving language.

5372. READINGS IN LINGUISTICS (3-0). May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

5380. FIELD METHODS (3-0). The principles, techniques and practical aspects of linguistic field research. The course includes extensive practice in eliciting data (phonological, morpho-syntactic, textual and lexical) directly from a native speaker, as well as in managing, analyzing and describing the data obtained.

5381. THE COMPUTER AND NATURAL LANGUAGE (3-0). Applications of computers to linguistic analysis, and applications of linguistic analysis to computing. Topics may include natural language processing, speech recognition and synthesis, language prostheses, statistical analysis, text processing, and corpus analysis.

5391. CONFERENCE COURSE IN LINGUISTICS. Graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

5392. THESIS SUBSTITUTE (3-0). Graded P/F/R.

5398, 5698, 5998. THESIS. 5398 graded R/F only; 5698 and 5998 graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: permission of Graduate Advisor.

6191 (1-0).6291 (2-0), 6391 (3-0). 6491 (4-0), 6591 (5-0), 6691 (6-0). RESEARCH IN LINGUISTICS.




6381. RESEARCH DESIGN AND STATISTICS (3-0). Practical training in methodologies and analytical techniques common in linguistic research. Topics include qualitative vs. quantitative data analysis, questionnaire design and administration, laboratory protocol, field protocol, population sampling, statistical analysis, and research ethics.

6390. LINGUISTICS SEMINAR (3-0). Course may be repeated for credit when topic changes.

6399. 6699. 6999. DISSERTATION. 6399 and 6699 graded R/F only. 6999 graded P/F/R. Prerequisite: permission of Graduate Advisor.


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