The properties of human language

Explore linguistics and the human capacity for language.
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  • Lectures 53
  • Length 5.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

This course is a basic introduction to linguistics, and touches on core ideas in phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, historical linguistics, typology, and sociolinguistics.

Students interested in the language as a human tool of communication will find this course informative and useful in developing their own ideas and understanding the ideas current in the study of language. Students should be ready to think about language in way that is different than you may have been taught to think about it as a child.

Students do not need to have any prior experience with linguistics, or with learning a language, the course is self-contained. There are video lectures, a quiz to test understanding, and a list of additional resources for each topic. This course can be completed as fast the as student can move through the information. Most students prefer to move through this information in a week or two.

If you have ever wondered why you speak the way you do, why there are so many languages, or why humans use language, this course will answer your questions.

What are the requirements?

  • Basic computer skills are necessary for this course. Other than that there are no pre-requisite skills or classes.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the complexity of language and appreciate the place of language in human life. Students will develop analytical and critical thinking skills. They will have opportunities to get to understand their own patterns of language use as well as those of others.

What is the target audience?

  • Students interested in language as a general human capacity should take this course. As well as individuals who work, study, or think about the correlations between their interests and language. This is a basic overview of linguistics, those with significant experience with linguistics or those hoping to learn a specific language will most likely find the information uninteresting or irrelevant. If a more advanced approach to language is interesting consider contacting me.

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Curriculum

09:18

This brief lecture provides an introduction to the course.

Section 1: Introduction to Linguistics
01:15

An overview of the concepts to be covered in the first module of the course.

Introduction to Linguistics part 1
04:50
Introduction to Linguistics part 2
07:04
Introduction to Linguistics part 3
07:52
Introduction to Linguistics Quiz
5 questions
Section 2: Phonetics
00:31

An overview of the concepts to covered in the second module.

Phonetics part 1
04:50
Phonetics part 2
08:59
Phonetics part 3
02:50
Phonetics part 4
08:38
Phonetics part 5
06:41
Phonetics Quiz
5 questions
Section 3: Phonology
Phonology: The system of sounds in language
01:19
Phonology part1
02:43
Phonology part 2
07:55
Phonology part 3
03:22
Phonology part 4
09:05
Phonology part 5
07:13
Phonology Quiz
10 questions
Section 4: Morphology
Morphology: Words and Word Parts
00:59
Morphology part 1
06:01
Morphology part 2
05:27
Morphology part 3
11:50
Morphology part 4
07:05
Morphology Quiz
10 questions
Section 5: Syntax
Syntax: The structure of Sentences
01:14
Syntax part 1
08:09
Syntax part 2
06:39
Syntax part 3
06:26
Syntax part 4
02:11
Syntax Quiz
10 questions
Section 6: Meaning in language: Semantics
Semantics: tangible meaning of linguistic elements
01:44
Semantics part 1
12:00
Semantics part 2
10:35
Semantics part 3
08:58
Semantics Quiz
10 questions
Section 7: Meaning in language: Pragmatics
Pragmatics: contextual meaning of linguistic elements
01:12
Pragmatics part 1
09:50
Pragmatics part 2
08:39
Pragmatics part 3
08:51
Pragmatics Quiz
3 questions
Section 8: Language Change
Historical Linguistics: Discovering how and why languages change
01:46
Historical part 1
06:24
Historical part 2
06:43
Historical part 3
06:33
Historical part 4
05:47
Historical part 5
05:03
Historical: History of English
20:06
Historical Quiz
7 questions
Section 9: Universal properties of language
Typology: The universal properties of languages
02:01
Typology part 1
06:19
Typology part 2
08:54
Typology part 3
12:16
Typology part 4
06:46
Typology Quiz
5 questions
Section 10: Sociolinguistics
Sociolinguistics: The social use of language
01:09
Sociolinguistics part 1
05:59
Sociolinguistics part 2
04:28
Sociolinguistics part 3
01:59
Sociolinguistics part 4
04:30
Sociolinguistics part 5
16:45
Sociolinguistics Quiz
7 questions

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Instructor Biography

Chris Rogers (PhD University of Utah) has taught university courses in linguistics in Utah, California, and online. He has been the director of the Center for American Indian Languages at the University of Utah. His specializations are: documentation of endangered languages, research methods in language documentation, historical linguistics, typology, the Xinkan languages, and the linguistics of the languages of Central and South America. His current projects include the documentation of several languages in Central and South America.

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