Course Offerings - Catalog 2011-12

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Interdisciplinary Program

A minor in linguistics is under development. In anticipation of its approval, the following, intended core course was offered spring term 2011.

LIN 210 Introduction to Linguistics
An introduction to the fundamental principles and theories of linguistics, including sound systems, lexical systems, the formation of phrases and sentences, and meaning--both in modern and ancient languages and with respect to how languages change over time. We will explore the cognitive theories and scientific principles behind language use as a defining human activity, as well as the basic methods of linguistic analysis and the application of these methods to language data. Drawing upon students’ experience with English and a broad spectrum of other languages, we will practice elementary analytic techniques and work with problem and data sets.