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ENGL 25 Linguistics


An Introduction to the Study of Language

Instructor: Dr. Eileen Smith

An introduction to the study of language, ENGL 25 Linguistics deals with two essential aspects of language: how language works as a system, and how we make language work for us as a communicative tool. The course examines the nature and study of language, how brain and language interface, how we form words and string them into meaningful units, how we produce and describe the sounds of language, how we acquire language and use it to accomplish our personal goals, how rich and varied languages are both socially and geographically, and how rapidly and predictably language changes occur over time.

Catalog Course Description:

The emphasis of the course is to develop the studentís analytical abilities and to enhance understanding of the complexities of the medium through which we communicate, language. Course content surveys linguistic concepts of the nature and diversity of language: morphology, syntax, semantics, phonetics, and phonology; language acquisition; social variation and historical change. The equivalent of this course in content and objectives may also be offered on the Internet.

Will this course satisfy transfer requirements?  Highly transferable, this course satisfies the following transfer requirements and recommendations:

an Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirement in the humanities in Area 3 for transfer to either the University of California (U. C.) or California State University (C. S. U.)
the linguistics requirement for all literature majors at U. C., Davis
a recommended course for English majors at C. S. U., Chico

Overview of Course Content

ENGL 25 Linguistics offers a survey of current linguistic knowledge about language.  The course examines multiple aspects of language from its nature and internal structure, to its acquisition, its use in society, and its history over time. 

The following topics will be covered:

Language, Its Nature and Study

Brain and Language

Morphology: How We Form Meaningful Units in Words

Syntax: How We String Together Groups of Words

Semantics: The Meanings in Language and How We Use Language to Get Things Done

Phonetics: The Sounds of Language

Phonology: The Sound Patterns of Language

Language Acquisition: How We Acquire Language

Social and Geographic Varieties of Language

Language Change over Time

Relevance to You, the Student:

Can this course help you in your career?  

Some background in linguistics could very possibly help you in your career. Any students planning to pursue studies in English, foreign languages, literature, any aspect of education, social work, communications, management, and related fields will find this course relevant. Anyone interested in working with people can benefit from the insights into language that linguistics offers. Linguistics can also benefit you in the field of computer programming and technology. 

The Online Advantage:

  No On-Campus Class Meetings. ENGL 25 Linguistics does not require any on-campus class meetings. All coursework, discussions, and exams are completed online. 

Parallels a Traditional Course.  ENGL 25 Linguistics follows a schedule similar to a traditional face-to-face course. You will be expected to access your course, comply with course requirements, and complete reading and writing assignments on a well-defined schedule. Course content is based on a textbook by a mainstream publisher, the instructor's online course materials, and numerous online resources in the field of linguistics. Hyperlinks to many relevant internet websites for linguistics are included in the course materials.

  Highly Interactive. ENGL 25 Linguistics does require that you interact with your classmates and instructor. Even though your fellow classmates or instructor may be located in places throughout the tri-county area and beyond, you will feel a sense of community. Work will include weekly reading and twice-a-week postings to the Discussion board, two essays, and three exams.  The reading will include the assigned reading in the textbook and weekly readings of online course content (lecture) materials. Then, twice a week, postings will be due to the Discussion board as follows: you will post your original response as per the assignment prompt, and you will reply to two classmates' postings. So the total of postings per week will be six: two original postings, four responses. This is where much of  the class discussion  --  and learning  --  will take place.


  Online Resources.  From your home computer, you can access the course content, visit the Discussion board, explore numerous online linguistics websites, and contact your instructor by email. Campus resources available online include learning resources and the library, student services including admissions and records, financial aid, counseling, and much more.


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