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Introduction to Linguistics

Subject Area
Course Number
LING 001 920
Course Code
LING001920
Course Key
69552
Day(s)
Tuesday
Thursday
Time
5:30pm-9:20pm
5:30pm-9:20pm
Instructor
CHEN, YIRAN
Primary Program
Secondary Program
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.
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