Course Description: This course will serve as a general introduction to the study of linguistics, the scientific
study of human language. We will first focus on the major core subfields (including
phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics,) and then learn about
some specific branches of the field (sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, historical linguistics,
language acquisition.) You will have the opportunity to explore individual areas of interest
within the field, as well. The knowledge that you acquire through this course should give
you a new perspective on language and heighten your sensitivity to the power of language.¶
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
1) identify and describe the various building blocks of language.
2) explain the role of language diversity in society.
3) understand how languages change over time.
4) understand how linguistics is used in a variety of careers.
5) proceed to more advanced coursework in linguistics.