Language Learning Center - Moodle

This course examines language as the fundamental characteristic of the human species, the diversity and complexity of human languages, phonological and grammatical analysis, the dimensions of language use, the relationship between language and writing, and the impact of historical linguistics on contemporary theory. Not open for credit to students who have completed LING 400.

This course will introduce you to the field of linguistics: the scientific study and analysis of human language. We will survey some of the core subfields of linguistics: phonetics (the study of the perception/ production of speech sounds), phonology (the study of sound systems and patterns), morphology (the study of word formation and structure), syntax (the study of sentence structure), and semantics (the study of word and sentence meaning). In this survey, you will be introduced the tools that linguists use to analyze the structure of language. Our investigation into this field will include linguistic data that represents the vast diversity of human language as well as some of its universal characteristics. In addition, we will also investigate how the study of language and linguistic structure can be used in other disciplines, such as psychology, neurology, and sociology.