2013-2014 Course Catalog

The University Of Montana


Irene Appelbaum, Director


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.

Degrees Offered


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

Linguistics Program Faculty

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

Adjunct Faculty

Jeanie Castillo, M.A., California State University, Fresno, 1998