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Fall 22 Linguistics Courses

This is an unofficial list of courses that will be offered in Linguistics in Fall 2022. It is strictly for the use of expanded course descriptions. For the complete official course offerings, please consult the My.UIC portal.

For a list of all courses and general course descriptions, please see the UIC Academic Catalog.

Fall 2022 Courses in Linguistics Heading link

LING 150 – Introduction to the Study of Language
On Campus, TR 9:30-10:45
You use language all the time, but do you know about the structures that make up language? In this course, you will learn how we produce and organize sounds, build words, and understand the difference between “time flies like an arrow” and “fruit flies like a banana.” Here you’ll make sense of why people have accents, what teachers should know about language, and why good AI speech recognition is so darn hard to achieve.
Individual and Society

LING 150 – Introduction to the Study of Language
On Campus, TR 2:00-3:15
You use language all the time, but do you know about the structures that make up language? In this course, you will learn how we produce and organize sounds, build words, and understand the difference between “time flies like an arrow” and “fruit flies like a banana.” Here you’ll make sense of why people have accents, what teachers should know about language, and why good AI speech recognition is so darn hard to achieve.
Individual and Society

LING 160 – Language and Society
Asynchronous Online
How does language change over time? How do children’s animation films racialize language? What’s with all the pronouns? This course introduces students to language as it socially constructs place, status, gender, ethnicity, and other aspects of identity through intimate conversations all the way to national language policies. Bring your lived experiences and learn to process them through current sociolinguistic lenses.
Individual and Society & US Society

LING 230 – Semantics, Pragmatics, and Discourse
On Campus, MW 9:30-10:45
What is meaning? How is meaning communicated? How does meaning change in context? How does meaning change according to genre, style and modes of communication? Does new technology create new meaning? How do chatbots understand human language? Should chatbots be made polite? This course will explore these questions and more. We will study a range of linguistic approaches to meaning and look at real world examples.
Prerequisite(s): LING 150; or consent of the instructor.

LING 300 – Are algorithms biased?
On Campus, MW 3:00-4:45
Can search engines discriminate? We tend to think of modern technology as neutral and unbiased, after all, how can a machine show bias? However, the technology that we interact with everyday carries over many of the prejudices that we may have about other people. This course will look at examples of how our modern technology reflects and increases social stereotypes about certain groups of people. We will explore how the profit goal of tech companies contributes to this result, and how individual programmers’ biases can be written into the code that drives high tech. We will also explore efforts to overcome these biases, and how high tech can also be used to reverse discrimination.
Recommended Background: At least one of LING 210, LING 220, or LING 230.
Prerequisite(s): LING 150; or consent of the instructor.