Writing in the Disciplines

The College of Arts and Science at NYU is committed to its undergraduates improving and maintaining writing proficiency across the disciplines. Within the field of Linguistics writing is an important component to the development of critical thinking and analytical skills, and to the communication of ideas and cogent argumentation. The Linguistics Department at NYU understands the importance of writing to the field and to many of its courses. This is especially true for courses beyond the introductory level that include a significant writing component. In many of the advanced Linguistic courses students will produce a term paper 10-15 pages in length that may be submitted as writing samples in applications to graduate programs and for professional employment.

Courses in Linguistics with a substantial writing component:
(Students should consult CAS Bulletin at Linguistics Course Offerings for course descriptions)

  • Phonological Analysis (LING-UA 12): Students write papers 8-10 pages in length.
  • Grammatical Analysis II (LING-UA 16):
    Writing requirements include:
    (1) A 5-page critical journal article review
    (2) Two 1-2 page peer reviews (reviewing the drafts of two classmates)
    (3) A 10-15 page final paperStudents write papers 8-10 pages in length.
  • Grammatical Diversity (LING-UA 27): Students write a paper approximately 10 pages in length.
  • Language in Latin America (LING-UA 30): Students write a term paper of 10-15 pages plus three short reports of 3-5 pages in length.
  • Form, Meaning, and the Mind (LING-UA 31): Students write an abstract, a term paper, in addition to four writing assignments and an oral presentation of research findings.
  • Syntax/Semantics Interface: (LING-UA 37): Students receive weekly or biweekly written assignments, and have a term paper requirement, which may be their own research or a literature review.
  • Pidgin and Creole Languages (LING-UA 38): Students write a term paper approximately 15 pages in length.
  • Field Methods (LING-UA 44): Students write a final paper at least 15 pages in length (with at least three prior drafts). There are also field reports up to 10 pages.
  • Learning to Speak (LING-UA 54): Students write a research proposal comprised of a short literature review, hypotheses, an outline of a methods section, and a discussion of possible outcomes. The final proposals will be 10-12 pages long.
  • Seminar: Research on Current Problems in Linguistics (LING-UA 102): Students participate in a research project which is the main focus of the course. This research culminates in a final term paper.