English 443/543: Introduction to Linguistics

Cr. 3

Sampson:  The main objective of this course is to introduce students to the complexity and diversity of language and to give students tools to analyze and understand language’s structure and variation.  By the end of the semester, students will be able to analyze spoken and written discourse at a variety of linguistic structural levels, including syntax, semantics, pragmatics, morphology, phonology, and phonetics.  Students will also understand basic concepts related to language variation and change, language acquisition, and language processing. These new understandings and skills will ultimately allow students to examine critically their own thoughts and beliefs about language, including our understanding of Standard English, the significance of linguistic diversity, the relationship between language and meaning, relationships between languages, and factors that impact second language learning.  In this course of study, students will engage with the type of analysis and ideas that can aid in a variety of areas, including language teaching and learning (as well as other educational contexts), speech pathology, computational linguistics, lexicography, literary analysis, philosophy of language, and other fields.