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Linguistics (LING)

LING 001 (GS;US;IL) The Study of Language (3) A non-technical introduction to the study of human language, and its role in human interaction. Students who have successfully completed LING 100 may not enroll in LING 001.

LING 001 The Study of Language (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

LING 001 examines the nature of human language and its links to human culture. A major focus of this course is on examining how languages are structured, how all languages are similare, how they differ, and how a language affects and is affected by the culture of its speakers and the sociopolitical context in which it is situated. The course begins by discussing the essential characteristics of every human language. It ends by examining the factors that have put languages at risk throughout history and what is causing them to become increasingly endangered. The course examines such issues as: speakers attitudes toward language through an examination of phenemonena close to home, like African American Vernacular English and various regional accents, how shared Linguistic practices create unity (South Africa, The Americas, Asia), what role languages play in maintaining difference and, indeed signaling socio-political diversity (Serbian versus Croatian, Hebrew, Yiddish, Afrikaans, Taiwanese, The Linguistic Geography of Africa), and how language reflects human origins, migrations, and history.

LING 001 is a core course for the minor in Linguistics and it may also be used for the General Education requirement in Social/Behavioral Science, for a B.A. Social/Behavioral Science requirement, for the General Education Intercultural/International Competence requirement.

The course is offered two times a year. It meets three hours per week and the total enrollment each semester is limited to 75 students. Assessment is based on two examinations, five problem assignments that require short essays (around 2 pages), one problem assignment that requires a more extended analytical essay (around 4-5 pages), and participation in class and group discussions.

General Education: GS
Diversity: US;IL
Bachelor of Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Effective: Summer 2005

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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