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Ellen Kaisse
LING 100
Seattle Campus

Fundamentals of Grammar

Introduction to basic grammatical concepts and terminology. Specifically intended for students planning to take a foreign language or linguistics. Does not count toward the linguistics major or minor.

Class description

This quarter this course will introduce you to some of the sounds of the world's languages. It concentrates on the special pronunciation problems that English speakers have when they are learning to speak a foreign language. It may also be helpful to non-native speakers of English, since it will discuss why English speakers sound like they do. (But it is not an English pronunciation course -- please see Speech and Hearing Science 111 if you are specifically looking for English pronunciation help.) We will talk about the relation between spelling systems and pronunication and learn some of the International Phonetic Alphabet.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures, small group interactions, and a language lab component for practicing sounds.

Recommended preparation

Required text:Title: Vowels And Consonants: An Introduction To The Sounds Of Languages (includes CD with sounds to practice) Author: Ladefoged. There is no prerequisite but the content of the course will not be particularly relevant for people not intending to study a foreign language now or in the future.

Class assignments and grading


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 Ellen Kaisse
Date: 01/31/2004