Linguistics (2020-21)

This page lists the linguistics courses offered during the 2020-2021 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. Lior Laks  
184-2 Introduction to Linguistics (tutorial) TBA  
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

A typical first year program in linguistics in the 2020-21 academic year will thus consist of 6 hours a day on 2 days a week:

  • First semester -- 184 and 287: Tuesday 10-12, 12-14, 16-18; Thursday 8-10, 10-12, 14-16
  • Second semester -- 286 and 289: Tuesday 10-12, 12-14, 16-18; Thursday 8-10, 12-14, 14-16

See the full timetable (PDF file linked above) for further details.

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 (lecture) Dr. Natalia Meir 184, 287/987, 289/987
517-2 Research Methods (tutorial) Dr. Svetlana Fichman 184, 287/987, 289/987
522 Psycholinguistics (lecture) Prof. Elinor Saiegh-Haddad 184
522-2 Psycholinguistics (tutorial) Dr. Svetlana Fichman 184
529 Sociolinguistics Dr. Rose Stamp 184/286
541 Language Emergence and Evolution Dr. Rose Stamp 184/286
547 Bilingual and Monolingual Sentence Processing Dr. Natalia Meir 184/522/517/922
584 Morphology Dr. Lior Laks 286; or, for MA students, 987
587 Advanced Syntax Dr. Gabi Danon 287/987
589 Advanced Semantics Dr. Keren Khrizman 289/987
591 Meaning and Use Dr. Keren Khrizman 289/987


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 Comments
4856 Reading Difficulties Prof. Elinor Saiegh-Haddad 522/922  
493 Noun Phrases Dr. Gabi Danon 287/987 Online course
852 Scalaraity-Discourse Interfaces Dr. Yael Greenberg 289/987  
9000 Autism: Language, Theory of Mind and Executive Functions Dr. Natalia Meir 522/922  
9100 Linguistics of Sign Languages Dr. Rose Stamp 522/922  
928 Reading in a Second Language Prof. Elinor Saiegh-Haddad 522/922  
9503 Brain Imaging of Language Functions Prof. Michal Ben-Shachar 287/987, 522/922; BA: not in the 2nd year  
977 Acquired Language and Reading Impairment Prof. Michal Ben-Shachar 287/987, 522/922; BA: not in the 2nd year  
9864 Morphological Interfaces Dr. Lior Laks BA students: 584/586  

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, as well as the9001 and 5910 courses.

No. Course Title Teacher Comments
868 Guided Reading (Colloquium)   Required
922 Psycholinguistics and Research Methods Prof. Michal Ben-Shachar Required 1st year LCR
987 Introduction to Syntax and Semantics Dr. Yael Greenberg Required 1st year LCR
9001 Statistics for Linguists Dr. Svetlana Fichman Required 1st year LCR
5910 Practice in Formal Linguistics 2 Ms. Maria Gepner Required 1st year LCR