Linguistics aims to discover the forms, rules and representations that underlie human languages. The Linguistics unit housed within IIT Delhi engages with questions pertaining to the production and comprehension of language. Between the faculty members and the students here, we cover a wide range of interests that spans from phonology, syntax to computational linguistics as well as psycholinguistics.

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Linguistics Faculty

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Linguistics Courses

Course Number: HUL 888 | Credits: 3
Course Objective:

Notions of applied linguistics; psycholinguistics; socio- linguistics; language learning; language teaching; contrastive analysis; error analysis; pedagogic grammars; applied lexicology; communicative teaching; discourse analysis; stylistic and literature.

Course Number: HUL 242 | Credits: 4
Course Objective:

This course provides answers to basic questions about the nature and constitution of human language in the mind/brain of native speakers. Varied aspects of linguistic organization, including structures of sounds, words and sentences are considered to understand the core universals of all languages as well as their variations. Cases of feral children, language deficiencies and cognition-language interactions are also highlighted.

Course Number: HUL 812 | Credits: 3
Course Objective:

Two complementary aspects of studies in linguistics and literary theory are brought together in this course; grammatical paradigms for the study of sentential and supra-sentential structures, including those of narrative and argument; theories of rhetoric; persuasion, use and meaning; rhetorical functions such as those performed by tropes like metaphor, irony, simile, metonymy, etc. debates on the universal psychological as well empirical standing of such figurative language; its place in the lexicon etc. The course will be useful to those students of literature who require some knowledge of technicalities of grammar and to those students of linguistics who feel that the analysis of language extends beyond the study of sentence 'structure' to social 'meaning'.

Course Number: HUL 243 | Credits: 4
Course Objective:

This course offers a wide-ranging introduction to, and analysis of, varieties of spoken and written language. From political oratory to examination answer scripts to computer codes, not to mention jokes, riddles and poetry, human language offers an amazingly rich set of structures for expressing and conveying our thoughts, intentions and desires. The course will consider some of these linguistic structures and communicative strategies in detail, beginning with early childhood development. How is it that children in every culture learn language so effortlessly despite its great complexity? The course aims to introduce students to a set of theories that address this and other puzzles and mysteries in the arena of language studies. Finally, since a central focus of the course is communication, it will strive to be as interactive as possible, with lots of scope for the discussion and working out of actual 'problems' in language use.

Course Number: HUL 341 | Credits: 3
Course Objective:

This course examines different aspects of meaning/semantics in language. Some specific questions addressed here are: a) what is meaning?, b) how do we use words to convey meanings?, and c) how does our grammatical knowledge interact with the interpretive system? We try to answer these and other questions while introducing students to the formal techniques used in research on the semantics of natural language.

Course Number: HUL 381 | Credits: 3
Course Objective:

Exploratory in nature, the course seeks to debate questions such as: What are the implications of conceiving the mind as a 'machine'? Can evolutionary theories about language and tool- using help us understand how we continually manage today to process the world around us 'online'? On this course, the class will be introduced to some state-of-the-art discussions in the interdisciplinary field of cognitive studies. These topics will include: i) the modularity of mind ii) the content of consciousness, iii) the language bio-programme hypothesis, iv) the relativism versus universals of controversy; v) strong and weak positions on AI, etc.. The course will rely on down-to-earth examples to demonstrate that such an interconnected area of study is not remote or esoteric but part of the intellectual excitement of living in the new millennium and attempting to anticipate both how it will shape us and how we will shape it.

Course Number: HUL 350 | Credits: 3
Course Objective:

The course will introduce students to selected topics in Linguistics as decided by the instructor.