Department of English at Illinois State University

Linguistics

Language plays a central role in human affairs. Linguistics is a vital academic discipline for anyone interested in the study of human language. While many of the disciplines within English Studies emerge from traditions within the Humanities, Linguistics is grounded more directly in discourses and traditions emerging from the cognitive and social sciences.

The Linguistics faculty in the English Department teach courses ranging in level from the Doctoral Seminar in Linguistics and Language Study (ENG 540) to a basic invitation to disciplined language study for the General Education Program (ENG 143: Unity and Diversity in Language).

Students interested in language study should also look for courses in Linguistics offered by these faculty in other Illinois State Departments: Virginia Gill and Jim Stanlaw (Sociology and Anthropology); Dan Everett, Lorie Heggie, Jeanette Sanchez Naranjo, Ben Schmeiser, and Rachel Shively (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures), and J. Cooper Cutting (Psychology).

For students interested in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL), the English Department offers a set of courses which can be used for an undergraduate or graduate concentration in TESOL.

Undergraduate Linguistics Courses

To view course descriptions for any undergraduate Linguistics course, please check the Undergraduate Catalog.

  • ENG 143: Unity and Diversity in Language
  • ENG 241: Growth and Structure of the English Language
  • ENG 243: The Grammatical Structure of English
  • ENG 245: Semantics
  • ENG 310: History and Development of the English Language
  • ENG 311: Introduction to Old English Language and Literature
  • ENG 341: Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics
  • ENG 342: Sociolinguistics

Graduate Linguistics Courses

To view course descriptions for any graduate Linguistics course, please check the Graduate Catalog.

  • ENG 310: History and Development of the English Language
  • ENG 311: Introduction to Old English Language and Literature
  • ENG 341: Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics
  • ENG 342: Sociolinguistics
  • ENG 440: Studies in English Linguistics
  • ENG 540: Seminar In Linguistics and Language Study