Linguistic Theory


Although Linguistics has no official “tracks” toward the Ph.D, linguistic theory is the Department’s main intellectual focus, with four tenured and two untenured colleagues (Bobaljik, Chierchia,  HuangRyan, CharnavelDavidson) working in this area. Of the four courses in 1, three (Linguistics 112Linguistics 115, and Linguistics 116) are offered every year; Linguistics 114 is offered in alternate years.

Course Requirements

Four half-courses, to be distributed as follows:

  1. At least one of the following:
      • Linguistics 112: Syntactic Theory I
      • Linguistics 114: Morphological Theory
      • Linguistics 115: Phonological Theory I
      • Linguistics 116: Semantic Theory I
  2. Three other courses in Linguistics, two of which must be chosen from the following:
      • Linguistics 117r: Linguistic Field Methods
      • Linguistics 132: Psychosemantics
      • Linguistics 146: Syntax and Processing
      • Linguistics 148: Language Universals
      • Linguistics 152: Prosody and Intonation
      • Linguistics 171: Structure of Chinese
      • Linguistics 174: Tense and Aspect in Japanese
      • Linguistics 175: Structure of Japanese
      • Linguistics 202r: Advanced Syntax
      • Linguistics 204r: Topics in Syntax
      • Linguistics 205r: The Syntax-Semantics Interface
      • Linguistics 206r: Syntactic Structure and Argument Structure
      • Linguistics 207r: Topics in Semantics
      • Linguistics 212: Syntactic Theory II
      • Linguistics 114: Morphological Theory (formerly Linguistics 214)
      • Linguistics 215: Phonological Theory II
      • Linguistics 216: Semantic Theory II
      • Linguistics 219: Advanced Phonology

Other courses with a theoretical focus, including courses in other departments cross-listed with Linguistics, may be added to this list at the discretion of the Director of Graduate Studies in Linguistics.

The contact person is the Director of Graduate Studies in Linguistics.