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Laura Wilbur Mcgarrity
COM 374
Seattle Campus

Perspectives on Language

Study of language and meaning, and survey of several influential modern approaches, including the semantic, general semantic, behavioral, and analytic philosophical. Relates theories of language and meaning to the study of speech communication.

Class description

The central goal of this course is to develop an understanding of what language is, how it is structured, and how it is used in the wider context. With this goal in mind, we will address the following themes: -- The difference between language and communication -- The acquisition of language -- The connection between language, thought, and identity -- The use of language in different personal, cultural and political contexts

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

There will be a series of short, weekly, written reading responses, weekly in-class quizzes, and 2 exams (a midterm and a final).


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Laura Wilbur Mcgarrity
Date: 02/10/2011