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Linguistics BA - Korean Language and Linguistics Concentration

(HEGIS: 15.05 LINGUISTICS, CIP: 16.0102 Linguistics)

Department of Linguistics

609 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1030

Jeff Good

Robert Hoeing
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Hyein Kim
Director of Korean Program

Associated Programs

Why study Linguistics BA - Korean Language and Linguistics Concentration at UB?

This concentration offers a unique program which combines studies in linguistics and advanced-level studies in Korean and is intended for students who wish to pursue the study of linguistics as well as achieve advanced-level proficiency and gain linguistic understanding of Korean. Majors in this concentration develop appreciation of general properties of language in general and Korean in particular, and develop competence in linguistic analysis of Korean.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will:
  • demonstrate a beginner-level understanding of the basic concepts associated with phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics and also apply basic analytical methods from each of these domains to analyze linguistic data.
  • demonstrate an intermediate-level understanding of key concepts in the study of sound systems and methods of phonetic and phonological analysis. Students will apply these methods and concepts to produce and transcribe speech sounds and analyze sound systems.
  • demonstrate an intermediate-level understanding of key concepts in the study of word and sentence structure and methods of morphological and syntactic analysis. Students will apply these methods and concepts to analyze word and sentence structure.
  •  identify ways that different kinds of meaning are encoded linguistically and apply multiple methods for analyzing meaning from a major subfield of linguistics such as semantics, sociolinguistics, or linguistic anthropology.
  • will apply tools from several domains of linguistic analysis to understand and analyze the linguistic patterns of a specific language.

The Learning Environment

The program in Linguistics offers a variety of courses types from large lecture classes to small seminars. Many of the more advanced undergraduate courses are combined with graduate offerings, allowing undergraduates to get early exposure to graduate-style coursework. Faculty also regularly offer independent studies for students interested in areas that do not match the program's regular offerings. The program provides a capstone experience through a senior seminar on field methods, where students work with a speaker of a language that is unfamiliar to them to learn about its grammar. It also offers an internship program where students learn about language teaching in local public schools.

About Our Facilities

The Department of Linguistics is housed in Baldy Hall, and has several dedicated classrooms and meeting spaces. The department also holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate our program’s different class structures. Members of the faculty also maintain their own research labs to support work in areas such as phonetics and computational linguistics.

About Our Faculty

The faculty of the Linguistics department includes internationally known and respected scholars whose research specializations include phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, typology, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, sociolinguistics and historical linguistics. Faculty work on a variety of languages including German, Japanese and Korean as well as languages of the Americas, Africa and the Pacific.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Linguistics Department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Students completing a B.A. in Linguistics most often continue in graduate programs, either in linguistics, teaching English as a second language, or cognitive science. Our students have also gone on to law school, and medical school, and have done graduate work in library sciences. Students who have not pursued graduate work have found employment teaching English overseas and this concentration is particularly relevant for employment in Korea. Our students have also been employed in the fields of publishing, literacy development, marketing, public service organizations, and language technology.

Academic Advising

Academic advising is provided by the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Linguistics and the Director of Korean Program. Other support services are provided by the Assistant to the Chair and Undergraduate Office Assistant of the Department of Linguistics.

Academic Advising Contact Information

This concentration is advised by two faculty directors: Dr. Robert Hoeing, the Director of Undergraduate Studies of Linguistics and Dr. EunHee Lee, the Director of Korean Program. Their office hours are regularly posted outside their respective offices, Room 639 and Room 605, Baldy Hall. The most effective way to reach them outside of office hours is by email: email Dr. Hoeing; email Dr. Lee.

Scholarships and Financial Support

Students in this program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including:

Associated Programs

Published: Jan 25, 2023 07:59:19