Indigenous Languages


Potential Courses (subject to student and committee modification)

Students enrolling in the Indigenous Languages thematic area are expected to acquire a degree of proficiency in an Indigenous language, as determined by the students graduate committee.

ANL/LING 651  
Topics in Athabascan Linguistics (3 Credits) 
Graduate-level introduction to important topics in Athabascan linguistics, including both foundational literature and current research. Topics may include laryngeal features; tonogenesis; the syntaxmorphology interface; argument structure; lexical semantics and discourse. Course may be repeated once for credit with permission of instructor. (Prerequisites: LING 601 or equivalent; graduate standing. Recommended: LING 603 and LING 604.)

ED 620  Language, Literacy and Learning
(3 Credits)  The relationships among language, culture and thinking as issues of literacy and learning. Specific areas of emphasis include linguistic relativity, discourse, role of context in communications, variant language learning strategies and styles, speech community, open and closed linguistic systems, cognitive styles, and literacy as a cultural and cognitive phenomenon.

ED/LING  621  Cultural Aspects of Language Acquisition (3 Credits)  An expanded view of the ways in which individuals become socialized into particular patterns of first and second language and literacy. The ongoing acquisition of both oral and written language(s) from early childhood through adult life. Topics will include: the cultural dimensions of language development; the relationship between communication and culture; bilingualism; and the role of language in the transmission of sociocultural knowledge.

ED 669  
Reading, Language and Culture (3 Credits) 
Introduction to the foundations of psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic theories as they relate to oral and written language acquisition and development. Focus on issues of language and literacy education practices in the Alaska context. Topics include bi-lingual and bi-literacy education, school and community languages and literacies, and culturally responsive pedagogy. Emphasis on teachers/students developing the skills and dispositions to become researchers of culture, language and literacy in their communities.

LING 602  
Second Language Acquisition (3 Credits)  Central issues in second language acquisition research. Includes a critical review of SLA theories and research. (Prerequisites: LING 101 or LING 601; graduate standing; or permission of instructor.)

LING 627  
Introduction to Linguistic Description and Documentation (3 Credits) General introduction to lexicography, field phonetics, grammatical documentation, investigation of narrative, other levels of linguistic documentation, the distinction between description and documentation and differences in structure and method between pedagogical and academic materials resulting from field work. (Prerequisites: LING 601 or equivalent, and demonstrated background in phonology and morphology, or permission of instructor).

LING 631/ANTH 632   
Field Methods in Descriptive Linguistics (3 Credits) Introduction to general issues in language field work and to issues specific to working with little studied and/or endangered languages in particular. Focus on introduction to writing systems, making records, computers and transcriptions, planning consultant sessions, working with consultants, interviewing, and ethics in the field. Projects include making transcriptions of familiar language, and later, working on unfamiliar language with a language consultant, selecting and carrying out a well-defined project, resulting in a term paper. (Prerequisites: LING 627, or permission of instructor.)

LING 650  
Language Policy and Planning (3 Credits) 
Consideration of minority languages, including Alaska Native Languages, in light of their histories, current status and factors affecting future maintenance.

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