Objectives. The Linguistics Program aims to train students in the scientific analysis of language. Students are prepared to pursue further graduate study in the field; study other languages; apply their understanding of language to other fields including teaching English and other languages to non–native learners of those languages.
Indigenous and Endangered Languages. The research focus of the Program includes Indigenous languages of North America. Montana is the aboriginal home of speakers of languages belonging to four distinct families: 1. Salish (Flathead); 2. Algonquian (Cree, Blackfoot, Northern Cheyenne, and Gros Ventre); 3. Siouan (Assiniboine, Sioux and Crow); and 4. Kootenai, a language isolate. The Linguistics Program is committed to preserving and promoting the linguistic diversity of the region and the state.
Interdisciplinary. The Linguistics Program is situated within the Department of Anthropology. In offering its curriculum the Linguistics Program collaborates with Communication Studies, Communicative Sciences and Disorders, English, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, Native American Studies, and Philosophy.
i. 3 credits: LING 470;
ii. 6 credits (2 of the following 3 courses): LING 471, LING 472/572, LING 489; and
iii. 9 credits (3 elective courses from among the following): LING 270S*, LING 375X, LING 465*, LING 466, LING 471**, LING 472/572**, LING 473, LING 474, LING 475, LING 477, LING 478, LING 484, LING 489**.
* Cannot be taken after taking 470 or other courses marked with an asterisk. Only one of 270S and 465 may be counted towards the minor.
** May be taken as an elective, only if not taken as a required course under ii. above.
A major in Linguistics is not currently offered.Students may also pursue a Linguistics Option while earning a B.A. degree through the following departments: Anthropology, English, and Modern and Classical Languages and Literature (French). For specific course requirements, students should refer to the relevant department’s section in this catalog.
i. 12 credits: LING 470; LING 471; LING 472/572; LING 477 or LING 478
ii. 6 credits (2 upper-division elective courses from among the following): LING 466, LING 473, LING 475, LING 476, and LING 489;
iii. 3 credits: LING 480; and
iv. 1 credit: LING 491.Courses taken for Certificate credit may not be taken on a credit/no credit basis (except 491).
R- before the course description indicates the course may be repeated for credit to the maximum indicated after the R. Credits beyond this maximum do not count toward a degree.
Linguistics (LING) - Course Descriptions
191, 198, 270S, 295, 375X, 391, 398, 403, 405, 465, 466, 470, 471, 472, 473, 474, 475, 477, 478, 480, 481, 482, 484, 489, 491, 492, 495, 498, 559, 570, 571, 572, 573, 574, 575, 584, 589, 595, 596, 598, 599, 699
Irene Appelbaum, Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1995, Associate Professor, Director
Leora Bar-el, Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 2005, Associate Professor
Mizuki Miyashita, Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2002, Associate Professor
Tully J. Thibeau, Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1999, Associate Professor
Jeanie Castillo, M.A., California State University, Fresno, 1998