Understanding Language


REVISED

Fall 2014 quarter

Taught by

linguistics

Prerequisites

Basic background in phonetics, phonology, and syntax such as gained in Inside Language or an equivalent introductory linguistics course or program is required.  In phonics, students must be able to transcribe words using the International Phonic Alphabet. In phonology, students must be able to identify phonemes and allophones in a set of phonological data.  In syntax, students must be able to diagram the structure of sentences in terms of noun phrases, verb phrases, determiners, etc.

This one-quarter program is designed to allow advanced students to develop their understanding of how languages are structured and how they change over time. We will consider linguistic structure at various levels, from the sounds and gestures of speech to the structure and meaning of words and sentences. We will also work to understand the complex relationship between an individual's knowledge of language and the broader function of language in human society and history. Throughout the quarter, we will look at a variety of languages from around the world and learn to analyze, describe and compare them. Topics for the quarter will include phonetics and phonology, historical linguistics, comparative linguistics and dialectology, language and gender, and field methods. Our work for the quarter will include discussions of linguistic theory, extensive reading of primary and secondary scientific literature, regular problem sets and an independent research project.

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

communications, language studies and linguistics.

Location and Schedule

Campus location

Olympia

Schedule

Offered during: Day

Books

Buy books for this program through The Greener Store.

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning

More information about online learning.

Revisions

Date Revision
September 10th, 2014 Prerequisites updated.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall)

Variable Credit Options

Students wishing to study a foreign language should contact the faculty regarding a 12-credit option.

Class standing: Junior–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 25

Fall

Course Reference Numbers

Jr - Sr (16 credits): 10141
(1-16 credits): 10142

Go to my.evergreen.edu to register for this program.

Need Help Finding the Right Program?

Contact Academic Advising for help in answering your questions, planning your future and solving problems.