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Course Description:

Defines language and how it works. Leads students to examine their own beliefs and attitudes about language and provides them with techniques for language analysis. Topics covered include: grammar and appropriate usage, oral vs. written language, formal vs. informal language, standard vs. non-standard languages, language universals, and language typology

Course Objectives:
This course is designed to help the student:

  • Develop an appreciation of the complexity of human language
  • Become familiar with basic vocabulary and concepts necessary for further study of language.
  • Apply accepted techniques for analyzing and describing language.
  • Maintain increased sensitivity in attitude and evaluation of language.

Course Outcomes:

This course requires the student to demonstrate the following:

  1. Discuss how the English language developed.
  2. Discuss and evaluate theories of how language originated.
  3. Distinguish among different types of writing systems.
  4. Recognize the basic properties that define human language and distinguish it from animalcommunication.
  5. Use standard techniques to describe the phonetic and phonological systems of languages.
  6. Read and write a basic version of the International Phonetic Alphabet.
  7. Distinguish the basic sounds used in English and be ablthe sound systems of other languages.
  8. Identify and describe the processes involved in word formation.
  9. Identify the various types of morphemes.
  10. Describe how morphemes are combined to form words.
  11. Apply standard syntactic techniques to analyze and describe how phrases and sentences are formed in English and other types of languages.
  12. Explain how words and sentences acquire their meaning.
  13. Understand the basic stages of children's language acquisition and second language learning.
  14. Define the distinctions among languages, pidgins, Creoles, dialects, and accents.
  15. Be familiar with basic techniques used in the study of varieties of language.
  16. Recognize the integral relationship between languages and the cultures of their users.
  17. Understand that all natural languages are constantly changing.
  18. Classify the major causes of language change.
  19. Recognize that no language or dialect is inherently inferior to any other.

 

 

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