Linguistics and Critical Thinking


We welcome Eldar Sarajlic (Assistant Professor, CRT) to ALL this fall.  Prof. Sarajlic has a PhD from the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. He has been teaching within CUNY for about three years. His primary research interest is moral, social, and political philosophy, focusing more closely on issues of ethics of child rearing, liberalism, and power. He enjoys teaching critical thinking, practicing documentary photography, and watching Peppa Pig with his two year old daughter. 

Eldar Sarajlic is our second full-time CRT faculty member, along with Nicholas Smith (CRT Coordinator), who joined the department in fall 2015. 



Also joining us this fall is a new linguistics faculty member, Jennifer Delfino. Welcome, Prof. Delfino!

Jennifer Delfino (Assistant Professor, LIN) is a linguistic anthropologist, and received her Anthropology Ph.D. from American University in 2014.  She studies AAVE and other urban language varieties. Her research focuses on language, literacy, and schooling among urban minority children and youth. For a total of three years, she taught and conducted ethnographic research among preadolescent African American students in an after school program in Washington, D.C. She is interested in developing critical pedagogies for urban students, and she looks forward to doing so in her teaching and research at BMCC.  She has run two marathons and a handful of shorter distance races, and belongs to a local team, the Dashing Whippets. 



In May 2016, BMCC hosted the third biennial Language, Society, and Culture Conference. The theme was Political Discourse.

The Language, Society, and Culture FIG (Faculty Interest Group) provides a forum for coordinating the conference and also sharing relevant research interests with members of other departments.  Check the CETLS calendar in the fall to join us for a meeting or other event.

CRT100 Critical Thinking

3 crs. 3 hrs.

Critical Thinking presents reasoning and problem-solving techniques. It begins with a description of the thinking process and proceeds to examine areas such as identifying and defining problems; understanding the roles of evidence, interpretation, and perception in reasoning; distinguishing between belief and knowledge; understanding the role of language; techniques for organizing information; and methods for building and analyzing arguments.

This is a liberal arts and social science elective course (cross-listed with PHI115) and is open to the general student population. Students placed in remedial courses must be at the 95 level (e.g., ESL95, ACR95, ENG95) in order to register for CRT100.

LIN100 Language and Culture

3 crs. 3 hrs.

This course focuses on the study of Language and Culture. Students will learn about bilingual/bidialectal families and bilingual education, language and gender, literacy in a changing, technological society, child language acquisition and different dialects and registers of English. The readings will draw on works in linguistics, literature and related fields. Students will work on critical reading, producing writing based on the classroom readings in connection with their own experiences and background.

This is a liberal arts and social science elective course (cross-listed with ANT115) and is open to the general student population. Online and Writing Intensive sections are offered on a regular basis. 

Students must have passed or placed out of ESL62, ENG88 and ACR94 in order to register for LIN100.

LIN110  The Structure of English

3 crs. 3 hrs.

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the grammatical structures of standard American English, allowing them to read, write, and interpret written texts critically and efficiently Through analysis and discovery, students will learn to evaluate the grammaticality of the written work they produce in their academic coursework. In addition, students will explore a variety of writing genres and styles, and learn to manipulate language more effectively, enriching both their production and understanding of written texts.

Students placed in remedial courses must be at the 95 level (e.g., ESL95, ACR95, ENG95) in order to register for LIN110.


LIN250  Forensic Linguistics

3 crs. 3 hrs.

This three credit, 200-level course will explore the complex relationship

between language and the law. The course critically considers the role of language and its power in the legal process. Three branches of forensic linguistics (handwriting, phonology, and discourse analysis) will be discussed. We will examine the work of dialectologists, creolists, and graphologists who have used linguistic evidence to interpret evidence (e.g., blackmail and ransom notes), and voice and spectrogram analysis will also be discussed. The course will also examine how linguists are involved in the legal process when they serve as expert witnesses.

Prerequisite: ENG 201 or ENG 121.
Students must be exempt from CUNY Reading and Writing tests.

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