The Linguistic Institute, 2011 at the University of Colorado at Boulder is offering a wonderful opportunity for linguistics and language majors to meet the leaders in the field face to face in small classroom settings during Summer Session B, at a lower tuition than is otherwise charged for summer coursework at CU. Over 100 faculty and hundreds of students, from all over the world, will converge on Boulder this summer to explore the latest issues in linguistics. The Institute happens only once every two years, and has never before been held at CU Boulder.

There are several introductory courses that are especially suitable for undergraduates. These include:

  • LING 7800-030 Introduction to Computational Linguistics (Kübler)
  • LING 7800-031 Introduction to Conversation Analysis (Mandelbaum)
  • LING 7800-032 An Introduction to Dialectology (Preston)
  • LING 7800-033 Introduction to Formal Semantics (Katz)
  • LING 7800-035 Introduction to Probability and Information Theory (Malouf)
  • LING 7800-037 An Introduction to Sociophonetics (Di Paolo, Yaeger-Dror)
  • LING 7800-038 Introduction to Syntax (Carnie)

    Depending on your background and interests, other courses may also be appealing, including these special-interest courses:

  • LING 7800-011 Defining English for Global Consumers: A Course in Practical Lexicography (Hargraves)
  • LING 7800-041 Language and Law (Kaplan)
  • LING 7800-042 Language and Race (Chun)
  • LING 7800-043 Language and Sexuality (Barrett)
  • LING 7800-045 Language Evolution (Heine)

    Note that a graduate-student TA will be available to help undergraduate students to master class concepts and do assignments. If you’d like to get advice about which courses might best fit you needs, contact .

    To see a list of courses, visit:

    To register, please visit:

    The Linguistic Institute 2011 will take place July 7-August 2 on the campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder, with major sponsorship by the Linguistic Society of America and the university. Courses are being taught by over 100 outstanding international visiting faculty members. In addition, more than 20 affiliated workshops and conference meetings will be held during Institute 2011.

    The theme of the 2011 Linguistic Institute is Language in the World, and the focus is on interdisciplinary, empirically based approaches to language. In keeping with this theme, a large suite of courses target language documentation and description, as well as processes of language endangerment and appropriate responses. The Institute not only continues a vital tradition in the field but also showcases the outstanding research and teaching activities at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The 79 one-credit hour courses include many courses on sociolinguistics, field methods, typology, syntactic/semantic/pragmatic theory, cognitive science and computational linguistics.

    Registration is open until July 5, so please consider taking advantage of this one-time opportunity. Enrollment costs for students are $375 per course (less than the normal CU summer school fee). The Institute website is located at CAMPUS HOUSING RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE THROUGH JUNE 13, 2011.