Introduction to Linguistics F17 (LING*1000)
Code and section: LING*1000*01
Term: Fall 2017
This course provides an introduction to the discipline of Linguistics. Students will learn the basic concepts and methods used by linguists in the scientific study of human language. While many key aspects will be illustrated using evidence derived primarily from English, we will discuss evidence from a variety of languages in order to better demonstrate the richness of linguistic diversity. Students will become familiar with how linguists approach and analyze language in primary fields of linguistic analysis such as morphology (word structure), syntax (phrases and sentences), semantics (meaning), phonetics (types of sound), and phonology (rules of phonetic processes), and language in society.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
• Analyze structures and some of the fundamental elements that make up the study of language as a science, including syntax, phonetics, phonology, morphology, semantics, language and society
• Analyze linguistic elements and relate it to English and their own use in everyday life
• Gain understanding of the similarities and differences that exist in all domains studied, between languages