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Dallas International University   

7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd.

Dallas, TX 75236 

Applied Linguistics Program

In partnership with Dallas International University (DIU). Dallas Baptist University provides an Applied Linguistics Program through which undergraduate students may include DIU foundational courses as a minor in their degree plan or as a concentration in their interdisciplinary major. DIU offers training for individuals interested in world missions and/or serving with SIL International, Wycliffe USA, or other various organizations translating the Bible into thousands of languages worldwide.

  • The program will prepare students for the work of developing a written language and translating the Bible into the language of people groups who are oral communicators.

  • The program will allow students to explore the discipline of applied linguistics, and to meet requisites for graduate study in the discipline.

  • The program will prepare students for service abroad where the ability to acquire and to use a new language proficiently is necessary.

DIU provides graduate training in the scientific study of language and culture to equip graduates for translation, literacy, and language-based development. DIU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of DIU.

Once a student has been accepted into the Applied Linguistics Program, he or she may register at DBU for the courses, which are offered in two time frames: summer/fall and spring/summer. A student should plan to complete all of these courses in one of the two blocks of time. The courses will be taught through Dallas International University by its faculty at the DIU campus in Dallas, just a five-minute drive from DBU.

DBU residency requirements for a minor are waived for the Minor in Applied Linguistics.

Minor in Applied Linguistics

Linguistics Courses

LING 4302 (DBU) Principles of Articulatory and Acoustic Phonetics

AL4302 (DIU)

Using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), students will be able to identify, pronounce, and transcribe sounds and suprasegmentals in natural human speech and describe the mechanisms by which a speaker produces these sounds.  Students will also be introduced to basic techniques of acoustic analysis.

Requisites: None

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

LING 4303 (DBU) Principles of Phonological Analysis 

AL4303 (DIU)

This course provides practice in recognizing the difference between phonetic (etic) and phonological (emic) data through numerous practical exercises. Theoretical topics of focus include the use of distinctive features, natural classes, phonetic plausibility, complementary distribution, free variation, contrast in identical/analogous environments, phonological processes, common conditioning environments, typological universals, tone analysis, and morphophonemics. This is an ideal course for field-workers preparing to help develop or revise an orthography for any language.

Requisites: None.

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

LING 4350 (DBU) Language and Society

AA4350 (DIU)

This course considers the relationship between language and society. The main purpose of the course is to help students understand the multilingual nature of the world's societies. Subjects covered include factors influencing the choice of language varieties, factors influencing language maintenance and shift, and factors affecting language change and variation. An important aspect of the course is the application of these principles to a specific multilingual community.

Requisites: None.

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

LING 4370 (DBU) Cultural Anthropology

AL4370 (DIU)

This course is an undergraduate introductory cultural anthropology course designed to acquaint students with major concepts of anthropology and cross-cultural work. It introduces students to well- known names in anthropological theory, and a variety of research methods for collecting ethnographic data. The course is centered around the Ethnographic Project, which involves several sub-projects through which each student is to carry out first person research in a cross-cultural context. On campus students should find a context within the Dallas-Fort Worth area. SL students should find a context near where they are residing. Students should NOT attempt to carry this project out via reflection on past experiences, over a phone, or via a computer app. Students may discuss this with the professor. This research will employ multiple methodologies and involve at least six visits outside class hours, culminating in a core values paper and in-class presentation.

Requisites: None.

Offered: Fall, Spring.

LING 4410 (DBU) Principles of Grammatical Analysis

AL4410 (DIU)

This course introduces students to techniques for analyzing and describing basic morphological and syntactic issues in natural languages. By working through numerous practical exercises from a large variety of languages, students gain confidence in their ability to determine word classes and allomorphy and to deal with inflectional and derivational morphology. Students also learn to analyze different types of phrases, clauses, and sentences. This course serves as a prerequisite for several graduate linguistics courses.

Requisites: None.

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.