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Cinzia Russi
LING 200
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Linguistic Thought

Language as the fundamental characteristic of the human species; diversity and complexity of human languages; phonological and grammatical analysis; dimensions of language use; language and writing; impact of historical linguistics on contemporary theory. Not open for credit to students who have completed LING 201 or LING 400.

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Summer 2001

Language as the fundamental characteristic of the human species; diversity and complexity of human languages; phonological and grammatical analysis; dimensions of language use; language and writing; impact of historical linguistics on contemporary theory. Not open for credit to students who have taken L400.

Course objectives: This course is an analytic introduction to the methods linguists use for investigating and describing human languages. Drawing on examples that show some of the richness and diversity of the world's 5,000+ languages, we will explore the spectrum of linguistic devices used in the world's languages, spoken and signed, written and oral. We will explore the core areas of linguistics, that is, morphology, syntax, semantics and phonology, as well interdisciplinary areas.

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Last Update by Sojourner Truth
Date: 03/09/2001