Linguistics | Intro to the Study of Language
L103 | 2665 | M. Marlo


L103 is designed to be the student's first encounter with
linguistics.  We will look at language from different perspectives:
speech sounds, their production (phonetics) and the regularities
governing their occurrence in languages (phonology), and the
structure of words (morphology) and sentences (syntax).  The first
part of the course will introduce basic concepts and methods of
modern linguistic research.  In the second part of the course, we
will focus on particular topics of linguistic research, such as the
study of dialectal variation, historical development of languages,
language acquisition by children, sign language, and the use of
computers in dealing with languages.  By the end of the course,
students will be acquainted with the basics of linguistic analysis,
be aware of the fundamental similarities and differences among all
human languages, and have an informed perspective on issues of
language that have an impact on our society.