In this course, we look at the five major pillars of analytic linguistics. These five pillars tell us about the general properties of language and help us talk about the similarities and differences in languages.
The primary focus of the course will be teaching you the tools in our language toolbox using English. However, we will also look at different languages, such as Japanese, Marshalese, Khmer, Tagalog, and a few others.
The course primarily consists of videos, but I've included a couple practice exams that you can use to demonstrate your mastery of the course.
Even if you're not interested in demonstrating mastery, the content provided is incredibly interesting for those who wish to learn languages in the future. The tools you learn here will help you understand that not all languages have the same sets of rules and features, and that you can use that knowledge to help you learn other languages even faster! We discuss how you make sounds, how you put sounds together, word orders, conjugation, and more!
We look at word order in languages, what grammar is, and how we use rules to generate sentences.
We look at nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions, and more, as well as what constituency is.
We look at how we put trees together to make sentences, as well as adjuncts, complements, and specifiers.
We look at semantic notions, such as ambiguity, entailment, paraphrase, and contradiction.
We look at the four maxims of speech, as well as implicature and presupposition.
All words have thematic roles, so we learn to identify them.
We distinguish between free and bound morphemes, and then have a discussion about affixes.
We discuss the differences between derivational and inflectional morphemes, then take a look at other morphological processes.
We look at different processes that govern word creation.
We learn about acoustic and articulatory phonetics, as well as the IPA and different sound classes.
We discuss the production and transcription of consonants.
We discuss the production and transcription of vowels.
We look at what phonemes are, show allophonic variation, and then discuss minimal pairs and complementary distribution.
We look at syllable structure and the sonority hierarchy.
We discuss phonological features.
We look at phonological rules and how we derive them.
The exam 1 is attached in the resource section.
The solutions to exam 1 are attached in the resource section.
The exam 2 is attached in the resource section.
The solutions to exam 2 are attached in the resource section.
Hello everyone! My name is Trevor and I am a mathematics enthusiast that wants to help you get better at mathematics. I have been creating videos of mathematics for over a year now and have helped hundreds of individuals around the world.
My main areas of interest are logic and mathematical linguistics, specifically formal grammars and how natural language can be modeled, but I also enjoy abstract algebra and number theory.