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Spring 2016-2017
* LIN 308 / TRA 303 (EC)   na, npdf


Christiane D. Fellbaum


The course covers the linguistic, psycholinguistic, neurolinguistic, and sociolinguistic aspects of bilingualism. We examine language acquisition in monolingual and bilingual children, the notion of "critical age" for language acquisition, definitions and measurements of bilingualism, and the verbal behavior of bilinguals such as code-switching. We consider the effects of bilingualism on other cognitive domains, including memory, and examine neurolinguistic evidence comparing the brains of monolinguals and bilinguals. Societal and governmental attitudes toward bilingualism in countries like India and the U.S. are contrasted.

Sample reading list:
Grosjean, F. & Li. P., The Psycholinguistics of Bilingualism
Pettito, L. & Dunbar, K., New Findings from Educational Neuroscience
Kroll, J. & Dussias, P., The Comprehensions of Words and Sentences in Two Languages
DeKlerk, V., Codeswitching, Borrowing and Mixing
Fillmore, L., When Learning a Second Language Means Losing the First
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Class discussion is based on assigned readings (approx. 60 pages/week). Written assignments consist of two homework assignments, a midterm take-home paper (5 pages) and a term paper on a topic agreed upon between the student and the instructor.

Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 30%

Other information:
Students wishing to enroll in LIN 308 must write to Prof. Christiane Fellbaum, stating their interest/reason for wanting to take the course. Application deadline is Tuesday, November 29, 2016. Permission to enroll, will be given by instructor.

Reserved Seats:
Freshmen Only 4
Sophomores Only 5
Juniors Only 5
Seniors Only 6

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40548 C01 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T Th   Green Hall   0-S-9   Enrolled:22 Limit:20 Closed