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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 Linguistic Typology
  • LIN 382 Historical Linguistics
  • At least one advanced course in phonology, syntax, or semantics

In addition, LIN 389D Linguistic Research in Documentary-Descriptive Linguistics is offered every semester and provides students with the opportunity to discuss current issues in documentary and descriptive linguistics and to pursue their individual research projects. Students are expected to enroll in this course each semester during their first three years.

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

  • LIN 384 Structure of a Language (Recent offerings have included Chatino, Mayan languages)
  • LIN 392 Current Developments in Linguistic Research (Topics in descriptive linguistics such as: Reading and Writing Grammars, Morphology, and Linguistic Diversification and Death)
  • LIN 393 Seminar in Linguistic Topics (Topics in descriptive linguistics such as: Language Contact, Speech Play and Verbal Art, Linguistic Diversity, Complexity in Language, and Iconicity in Speech, Sign, and Text)
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