Introduction to Linguistics

Summer 2024
Summer Session II: July 5 – August 9, 2024
Subject Area:
Course Number
LING 0001 920
Tuesday 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Primary Program:
LPS Undergraduate & Post-Baccalaureate
Course Description:

A general introduction to the nature, history and use of human language, speech, and writing. Topics include the biological basis of human language, and analogous systems in other creatures; relations to cognition, communication, and social organization; sounds, forms, and meanings in the world's languages; the reconstruction of linguistic history and the family tree of languages; dialect variation and language standardization; language and gender; language learning by children and adults; the neurology of language and language disorders; the nature and history of writing systems. Intended for any undergraduate interested in language or its use, this course is also recommended as an introduction for students who plan to major in linguistics.