Linguistics (2019-2020)

This page lists the linguistics courses offered during the 2019-2020 academic year. Further details can be found in the following file:

You may also search for course details on the university's course search page.

Course list

1st year BA courses

The following are first year introductory courses. For those courses that have a tutorial, you must register for both the lecture and the tutorial.

No. Course Title Teacher Prerequisites
184 Introduction to Linguistics (lecture) Dr. Natalia Meir  
184-2 Introduction to Linguistics (tutorial) Ms. Elena Miashkur  
286 Phonetics and Phonology (lecture) Dr. Chen Gafni 184
286-2 Phonetics and Phonology (tutorial) Ms. Tamar Fenster 184
287 Syntax (lecture) Dr. Gabi Danon  
287-2 Syntax (tutorial) Ms. Orit Tenne  
289 Semantics (lecture) Dr. Keren Khrizman 184
289-2 Semantics (tutorial) Ms. Maria Gepner 184

2nd/3rd year BA courses

The following BA courses are usually taken during the 2nd or 3rd year, but interested students may also sometimes take these in the second semester of their first year after completing all the prerequisites. Depending on your track (expanded major, double major, etc), these are either required courses or electives; see the BA programs page for details about the different tracks.

No. Course Title Teacher Prerequisites
503 Reading: Theory and Practice Prof. Elinor Saiegh-Haddad 184
517 Research Methods Dr. Natalia Meir 184, 287/987, 289/987
522 Psycholinguistics (lecture) Prof. Elinor Saiegh-Haddad 184
522-2 Psycholinguistics (tutorial) Ms. Svetlana Pichman 184
542 Bilingualism Prof. Sharon Armon-Lotem  
543 Language and Gender Dr. Rose Stamp 522/922
545* Case and Agreement Dr. Gabi Danon 287
546* Natural Language Processing: Basic Concepts Dr. Gabi Danon 287
584 Morphology Dr. Lior Laks 286; or, for MA students, 987
589 Advanced Semantics Dr. Yael Greenberg 289/987

*Please note that courses 545 and 546 are 1 credit each (2 hours a week, 1 semester).

New - Data Science courses outside the department:

Two courses in the field of Data Science are now open to linguistics students and can be taken either as electives (instead of 500-level courses taught in the department; but note the number of credits in these courses), or as general courses:

No. Course Title Teacher Department Time Credits
35-626 Data Science Dr. Shay Horovitz Information Science Sun 18-20:15, 1st semester 1.5
13-619 Digital Humanities in the Service of Hebrew Text Analysis Dr. Avi Shmidman Literature of the Jewish People Tue 18-20, yearly 2

Please note that these courses will be taught in Hebrew.


Seminars usually involve reading and discussion of advanced research articles. At the end of the semester, students are required to write a paper on a topic of their choice. BA students usually take seminars during their 3rd year, but they can also take them on the 2nd semester of the 2nd year. For MA/PhD students, most of the program should consist of seminars.

No. Course Title Teacher Prerequisites
459 Neurolinguistics Prof. Michal Ben-Shachar 522
485 Reading Acquisition Prof. Elinor Saiegh-Haddad 522/922; MA/PhD only
872 Features in Syntax Dr. Gabi Danon 287/987
971 Language Acquisition in Special Circumstances Prof. Sharon Armon-Lotem 517/522/922
998 Morpho-Phonological Variation Dr. Lior Laks BA students: 286/584
9010 Adult Bilingualism/Multilingualism Dr. Natalia Meir 522/922
9020 Corpus Linguistics Dr. Rose Stamp 522/922
9040 Context Sensitivity in the Semantics-Pragmatics Interface Dr. Yael Greenberg 289/987
9503 Brain Imaging of Language Functions Prof. Michal Ben-Shachar 287/987, 522/922; BA: not in the 2nd year

Other MA/PhD Courses

Every MA/PhD student is required to register for Guided Reading (868) for one year during his/her studies; for MA students, this should usually be their 2nd year. Students registered to Guided Reading must attend the Linguistics Colloquium on Tuesday 14:00-15:30 regularly throughout the year; all other MA/PhD students (as well as interested BA students) are also encouraged to attend the colloquium, which provides you with a unique opportunity to hear about a variety of active research topics presented by guests from Israel and from abroad. The colloquium program is published during the semester in our Events calendar; you can also subscribe to be notified of upcoming lectures through our Telegram channel (@biu_ling_news).

Two courses, 922 and 987, are required for all new students in the Linguistics in Clinical Research (LCR) program. Other students whose BA is not in linguistics are also usually required to take these courses. MA students taking these courses are also required to take the 9870+5910 courses.

No. Course Title Teacher Comments
868 Guided Reading (Colloquium)   Required
922 Psycholinguistics and Research Methods Prof. Sharon Armon-Lotem Required 1st year LCR
987 Introduction to Syntax and Semantics Dr. Yael Greenberg Required 1st year LCR
9870 Practice in Formal Linguistics 1 Ms. Elena Miashkur Required 1st year LCR
5910 Practice in Formal Linguistics 2 Ms. Maria Gepner Required 1st year LCR