Introduction to Linguistics
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Find out how language works through linguistics
Language is fundamental to our everyday social interactions, our politics and culture, and our thoughts.
We all have ideas about how language works, but what separates our own intuitions from linguistic knowledge?
On this course, you’ll get an introduction to the main approaches used in linguistic research, including linguistic experiments and discourse analysis.
You’ll find out about the key methods used in linguistic descriptions, and some of the everyday ‘myths’ about language.
You’ll discover how linguistic researchers turn our ideas about language into linguistic knowledge.
This course is aimed at anyone interested in language and linguistics, but may be of particular interest to students looking to study English language or linguistics at university, or to those working in language education.
- Understand and apply fundamental concepts in language and communication such as ‘arbitrariness’ and ‘iconicity’.,Appreciate the linguistic complexity of sign languages.,Recognise some of the similarities and differences between human languages. and other animal communication.,Discuss some of the key methods that linguists use to explore language.,Reflect on the use of metaphor in everyday communication, and in educational contexts.,Apply linguistic frameworks to social and literary questions and problems.,Experience working with a language corpus.,Debate your own linguistic experiences with a wide community of language-users.
- This course is aimed at anyone interested in language and linguistics, but may be of particular interest to students looking to study English language or linguistics at university, or to those working in language education.