LING1000 Introduction to Language

Mr. John Guest

Pre-requisite course. Sem 1, 6 credits
Venue: MWT2, Wednesday, 10:30-12:20


Course Description

This course is an introduction to linguistics. The first half of the course introduces the field, starting with a brief history of the ideas that lead to our current theories of language. We also introduce you to the main areas of inquiry in the field, including language variation and change over time, language and the brain, language acquisition and linguistic diversity. The second half of the course is devoted to what have been traditionally regarded as “core” areas in linguistics, i.e. the foundations required for the theory and analysis of human language: these include the study of (i) sound patterns (phonetics and phonology), (ii) word and sentence structure (morphology and syntax), (iii) meaning (semantics). These are some of the more fundamental tools that linguists use to analyze language. The aim is for students to get an overview of our diverse field as well as understand the foundations of its theory and practice.


This course is a prerequisite for the majors in General Linguistics and Human Language Technology, and also for all Introductory and Advanced Linguistics courses.


50% coursework; 50% examination

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