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The Linguistics component of the Department of Academic Literacy and Linguistics offers courses in both applied and general linguistics.

Among our current offerings are:

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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