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Emily K. Curtis
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.

Class description

Autumn 2000 - Evening Degree Course - What is 'language?' How is it organized in the human brain? How do we produce the sounds, words and sentences of our languages? Is there any basis for our prejudices about others' use of language? Are some languages more complex than others? Are some structures more 'correct?' In Linguistics 200, students analyze how human language functions and what it consists of, from the vocal tract to theories of syntactic structure, and many organizing elements in between. Drawing on examples that show some of the richness and diversity of language, students learn and apply basic concepts and methods linguists use in investigating and describing human languages. Goals include: gaining an objective understanding of some aspects of human language and of the field of linguistics, training in analytical thought and in analysis of linguistic structure.

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Class assignments and grading

Homework, midterms, 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 Sojourner Truth
Date: 06/15/2000