Spring 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will be an exploration of the nature of language and its relation to the mind and the world in the framework of modern linguistics, the scientific study of language. This course will be a broad introduction to the science of linguistics and cover the core sub-fields of linguistics: phonetics (speech sounds), phonology (sound structure), morphology (word structure), syntax (sentence structure) and semantics (meaning). In addition, other topics such as language universals, language variation/change, language acquisition will also be examined.
Edward Finegan (2007). Language: Its Structure and Use (5th edition). Thomson Wadsworth.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
• Attendance/class participation
• Homework assignments
• 2 mid-term exams
• Final term paper