Intro to Language and Linguistics
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|Course Dates||Weeks||Meeting Times||Status||Instructor(s)||CRN|
|July 14, 2014 - July 25, 2014||2||M-F 12:45-3:35P||Open||Elise Morse-Gagne||10312|
Language is the foundation for virtually every human endeavor. Yet it remains in many ways as mysterious as our own nervous system"the fact that we use it does not automatically grant us an understanding of how it works. Learning about language structure and language use gives us unexpected insights into our human endowment and the nature of our social interactions.
This course enables pre-college students to explore this central human trait by introducing them to linguistics, a discipline with roots in social science, education, science, and the humanities. We will study how people produce, hear, and classify speech sounds, and how we structure and group words. We will also investigate the ways we use and interpret language in everyday life, and discuss some key findings in such fields as sociolinguistics, neurolinguistics, and historical linguistics.
The course fosters an awareness of how language works that will serve students well in fields as diverse as education, medicine, philosophy, and computer science. Moreover, the ability to look objectively at a familiar phenomenon about which we have deep-rooted preconceptions develops critical thinking skills that are vital to college-level study. The study of patterns in sounds, words, and sentences teaches analytical skills applicable in a range of disciplines. Students will create an independent 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.