Linguistics, the scientific study of language, is an interdisciplinary field devoted to understanding how people acquire knowledge about the languages they speak, how this knowledge interacts with other cognitive processes, how it varies across speakers and geographic regions, and how to model this knowledge computationally. The linguistics undergraduate minor at Wichita State University offers a rich and diverse experience for students interested in pursuing various aspects of language study and/or analysis. Students are introduced to the basic methodology and linguistic principles of linguistics, including phonological and grammatical concepts used in modern and historical linguistics. Students also study how language varies across time and space, and how it is used in different social contexts. They are also introduced to various subfields of linguistics, including phonetics and phonology, syntax and semantics, morphology, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, historical linguistics, and applied linguistics. Linguistics classes are offered through departments of English, Anthropology, Modern Classical Languages and Literatures, Communication Sciences and Disorders, thereby engaging students in a truly interdisciplinary critical inquiry and enabling them to become informed participants in public discourse about language.
As students’ progress through a minor, they will acquire the following:
Increasing interest in the program has led to a thriving minor. To support this program, faculty continue to:
A minor in linguistics consist of 15 credit hours selected from the following courses. Note: Coursese applied toward another major or minor will not apply toward a minor in linguistics.
At least 6 credit hours must be selected from Group A.
|LING 151||Nature of Language|
|LING 315||Introduction to English Linguistics|
|LING 316||English Sentence Structure|
|LING 317||History of the English Language|
|LING 667||English Syntax|
|LING 505A||Advanced French Phonetics and Diction|
|LING 505B||Russian Phonology|
|LING 505C||Spanish Phonetics|
|LING 635||Introduction to Romance Linguistics|
|LING 720||Seminar in Old English|
|LING 351||Linguistics and Foreign Languages|
|LING 651||Language and Culture|
|LING 740||Graduate Studies in Linguistics|
Several new courses are being developed and offered that count towards the Minor in Linguistics. These include:
BA in Mass Communication and Journalism, Mahatma Gandhi University, India;
MA and MPhil in Linguistics, Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad, India;
MA and PhD in Linguistics, University of Southern California.
Syntax and semantics interface- Adjectival meaning, Comparatives, Plurals, Numerals and Measurement, Spanish Copulas and Measure Phrases
Language and Musical processing- Language and Music, Artificial Language Learning
Language documentation and revitalization- Praire-Band Potawatomi, Judeo-Malayalam
Ph.D., Hispanic Linguistics, The University of Texas at Austin
M.A., Spanish, Sacramento State University
B.A., History, The University of California, Santa Cruz
Spanish in the U.S., Language and Identity, Language Ideologies, Language Maintenance, Heritage Language Learning and Pedagogy, Discourse Analysis and Pragmatics, Language in Health Care, Service Learning
Department of Anthropology
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
2008 PhD, Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, University of Memphis
1996 MA, Philosophy, University of Memphis
1992 BA, (1) Foreign Languages and (2) Philosophy, Memphis State University
Typical and Atypical Speech-Language Development
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Professor Emerita of English and Linguistics
Department of English
Dr. Mythili Menon is the Linguistics Advisor for LAS and Wichita State University. Please contact her directly through email, telephone, or at their office during office hours. If you have questions about our program, classes, or need general information about Linguistics minor, and/or applying please talk with Administrative Assistant Brian Evans.
Welcome to Wichiling, the linguistics club at Wichita State University!
We generally meet every other Friday afternoons at 12:00 pm in Lindquist Hall 503!
The Linguistics Club at Wichita State University is open to everyone, whether or not you're a linguistics minor, and is free to join! Each week we meet to hang out, eat snacks, play language games, and talk linguistics. Sometimes an invited speaker comes in to talk about their job or research in linguistics, so WichiLing is a great way to network and think about your career as a linguist. It's also a good way to meet other linguistics students on campus if you want a study buddy!