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Courses

The following courses offered by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures are included in the emphasis: 

  • MODL 1001H – Introduction to linguistics I
    An introduction to modern approaches to the descriptive analysis of sounds, words and sentences,
    including extensive practice in the application of linguistic techniques.
  • MODL 1002H – Introduction to linguistics II
    A continuation of MODL 1001H. Approaches to the study of human language: how languages
    change over time, the role of language in society, the development of writing systems, language
    learning, the brain and language. Prerequisite: MODL 1001H.


  • Modern Languages 1000Y - Introduction to linguistics
    An overview of the many approaches to the study of human languages. Topics covered include: the descriptive study of words, sentences and sounds; the role of language in society: the ways languages change over time; the development of writing systems; language learning; the brain and language.

  • Modern Languages - Anthropology 2010H - Phonetics
    An overview of articulatory and instrumental phonetics, including the mechanics of speech production, the accurate transcription of speech in any language, and the use of instruments to study the physical nature of speech sounds. Students will learn all characters and values of the International Phonetic Alphabet, an indispensable tool for linguistic study and research.
    Prerequisite: Modern Languages 1000Y.  Excludes Anthropology 432H.

  • Modern Languages - Anthropology 2020H - Historical linguistics
    An overview of the field of historical linguistics with an emphasis on the Indo-European languages. Students will be exposed to the principles and methods of historical research on languages, including topics related to language change and the reconstruction of extinct languages from their known daughter languages. Prerequisite: Modern Languages 1000Y. Excludes Anthropology 330.

  • Modern Languages - Anthropology 3020H - Romance linguistics
    A survey of the origin and diversification of the Romance languages, including: Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, French, Occitan, Italian, Sardinian, Rhaeto-Romance, and Rumanian. Phonological and grammatical diversification, socio-political context, the emergence of literary languages, and the birth of literary traditions.
    Prerequisite: Modern Language 1000Y

  • Modern Languages - Anthropology 3030H - Germanic linguistics
    A survey of the origin and diversification of the Germanic family of languages, including the earliest forms of: Gothic, Norse, Saxon, English, Frisian, Low Franconian, High German and their modern descendants. Phonological and grammatical diversification, socio-political context, the emergence of literary languages, and the birth of literary traditions.
    Prerequisite: Modern Language 1000Y