Introduction to the nature, structure, and functions of human language. Topics include: design features of language; phonology, morphology, and syntax; semantics; and language variability.
Builds upon the principles presented in General Linguistics and applies them in the analysis of further topics such as writing systems, language comparison and change, language acquisition and learning, and artificial and non-human communication systems.
Lang As Cultural Phenomenon
An introduction to sociolinguistics, the study of the relationship between language and society. Readings, lectures and discussions will focus on variation at all levels of language and how this variation helps to create and is created by a multitude of factors with possible educational, political and social repercussions.
The Origin of Language
Spoken language has been called the most important achievement of humanity. The origin of language may be found in the gestures of hominids millions of years ago. An investigation of how these simple gestures may have developed into the modern spoken, written, and signed languages of today.
Tch Eng to Spkrs of Othr Lngs
Development of linguistic, cultural, and pedagogical competence in teaching English as a second or foreign language.