LING 101(F) Introduction to Linguistics (Same as Anthropology 107)

This course is a general introduction to the scientific study of language, particularly its theoretical debates, methodology, and relationship to other disciplines. With this aim in mind, we will examine the analytic methods and major findings of various subfields of linguistics, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and language change. Additional topics may include dialects, American Sign Language, the acquisition of language, and the official English language movement. By the end of the course, you should be acquainted with systematic methods of studying language, be aware of the fundamental similarities and startling diversity of human languages, and have an informed perspective on how issues of language have an impact on our society. Format: lecture/discussion. Requirements: participation in discussions, weekly homework, a midterm exam, and a final exam. No prerequisites. Enrollment limit: 40 (expected: 40).