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Richard P. Meier, Chair CLA 4.304, Mailcode B5100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-1701

Documentary and Descriptive Linguistics - Program of Study

All PhD students interested in descriptive/documentary linguistics should take the following courses (in addition to required courses):

  • LIN 392 Tools for Linguistic Description
  • LIN 385 Field Methods
  • LIN 392 Linguistic Typology
  • LIN 382 Historical Linguistics
  • At least one seminar in phonology, syntax, or semantics

The following courses are also highly recommended:

  • A course in sociolinguistics or linguistic anthropology
  • LIN 386M Computational linguistics I

Some documentary/descriptive linguistics courses offered on an occasional basis are:

  • LIN 384 Structure of a Language (Recent offerings have included Chatino, Yupik, Mayan languages, Navajo)
  • LIN 392 Current Developments in Linguistic Research (Topics in descriptive linguistics such as: Reading and Writing Grammars, and Morphology)
  • LIN 393 Seminar in Linguistic Topics (Topics in descriptive linguistics such as: Language Contact, Speech Play and Verbal Art, Linguistic Diversity, and Native Languages of North America)
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