Fall 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Language is the cornerstone of any account of human nature. The field of linguistics uses the scientific method to discover the nature of language. This course begins with an analysis of the sound system employed by language to convey meaning and builds to a vision which includes the study of discourse analysis, dialects, and language acquisition. The knowledge acquired in this course is essential to anyone in the fields of education, literature, computer science, philosophy and psychology, as well as anyone interested in the study of what it means to be human.
Curzan, Anne and Michael Adams. How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction. Pearson Education/Longman 2006, ISBN 0-321-12188-0.
Crystal, David. The English Language: A Guided Tour of the Language. Penguin Books, 2002, ISBN 0-14-100396-0.
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