Introduction to Linguistics4 units
This course provides an introduction to the field of contemporary linguistics and methods of linguistic analysis. It examines the various facets of human knowledge of language, focusing on the system of abstract principles which govern its structure. Emphasis will be placed on acquiring the basic skills of linguistic analysis in phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax, as well as the methodology for historical and comparative linguistics. Throughout the discussions of these areas, we will continue to ask certain questions such as: How much of linguistic knowledge is innate/biologically endowed? What is the role of environment and social context? How do children develop or acquire their linguistic skills?
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