Natalie Operstein
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Introduction to Historical Linguistics
University of Pittsburgh; University of California, Los Angeles; California State University, Fullerton

Level: upper undergraduate.
Audience: upper undergraduate and graduate linguistics students.
Description: a hands-on introduction to the principles and methods of historical and comparative linguistics.

Contact Languages
Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles Graduate Program in the Humanities
Level: a graduate seminar.
Audience: graduate students of the humanities.
Description: an introduction to contact linguistics with major emphasis placed on European-derived creoles and pidgins.

Phonetics and Phonology
University of Sonora
Level: graduate.
Audience: graduate linguistics students.
Description: a hands-on introduction to the principles and methods of phonetic description and phonological analysis.

Lexicography and Dictionary Making
University of Sonora
Level: graduate.
Audience: graduate linguistics students.
Description: a hands-on introduction to the principles and methods of lexicographic research.

Structure of English Words
University of California, Los Angeles
Level: a general education course.
Audience: undergraduate students.
Description: an introduction to the history and structure of English vocabulary, with elements of historical and comparative linguistics, language contact, and history of English.

Languages of the World
University of Pittsburgh; University of California, Los Angeles Extension
Level: a general education course.
Audience: undergraduate students.
Description: an introduction to linguistic typology, areal linguistics, and language classification.


Introduction to Linguistics
University of Pittsburgh; University of California, Los Angeles
Level: undergraduate.
Audience: linguistics majors and other undergraduates.
Description: an introduction to the core areas of contemporary linguistics based on data from a variety of languages.


English Language in America
California State University, Los Angeles
Level: upper undergraduate.
Audience: graduate and upper undergraduate students of English and the humanities.
Description: an introduction to the core areas of contemporary linguistics for English majors and graduate TESOL students.