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Intro to Language and Linguistics

This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.

Course Description

This course introduces pre-college students to the study of language. We examine how people produce, hear, and classify speech sounds, how we structure words and group them together, and how we use and interpret language in everyday life. We also discuss key findings about the social dimensions of language, its neurological basis, and the history of language.

Students will strengthen analytical skills vital to college work. Their enhanced awareness of how language works will serve them well in fields as diverse as education, medicine, philosophy, and computer science. Students develop an original research project (gathering and analyzing linguistic data), and improve their academic writing skills through a series of short essays and response papers

There are no prerequisites for this course.