The nature of language. An elementary survey of linguistic disciplines. Phonetics, morphology, syntax, semantics, language, and society.
By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:
- Analyze and articulate general themes about the nature of human language, and how languages work;
- Discuss fundamental processes common to all languages related to the domains of morphology, syntax, phonetics, phonology, semantics, pragmatics, writing systems, and language in society;
- Describe how different human languages are, and yet how fundamentally similar they are in their structures;
- Apply findings in previous linguistic research to address real-world issues, and be able to discuss language issues in an informed way both to linguists and non-linguists;
- Identify and analyze language patterns, draw generalizations from a set of data, and make hypotheses to explain those patterns;
- Question popular beliefs and think critically about language and language myths and determine their validity;
- Outline your own beliefs about attitudes towards languages and how those influence the way language is used; and
- Analyze how language varies across speakers, over time, and across dialectal regions.
- What is Language?
- Language in Society
|Assignment 1 (Syntax & Morphology)||15%|
|Assignment 2 (Phonetics & Phonology)||15%|
|Assignment 3 (Language in Society)||15%|
|Discussion Forum Contributions||20%|
*Course details are subject to change.