Fall 2014 - 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 reveal the characteristics of human language. This course begins with an analysis of the sound system and from there examines the construction of words, phrases and clauses. Also included are the study of semantics, 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 or psychology, as well as anyone interested in the study of what it means to be human.
Curzan and Adams, "How English Works"
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
2 exams, 1 research paper, 5 homework assignments, online discussion