LING 201 Introduction to Linguistics

Course Description: This course examines the nature of human language.  What is language?  Is it a cultural artifact or a biological ‘organ’ (or some combination of the two)?  How does language emerge in the child, and how and when did it emerge in the species?  What is the structure of language and how do we go about investigating it?  Is there really such a thing as ‘bad grammar’ ? Are some dialects better or worse than others (the answer may surprise you)?  LIN 201 Introduction to Linguistics addresses these, and many other questions, about this most human of properties, developing the methods and results of the modern scientific study of language.  It will be of interest, and value, to anyone interested in the language arts, psychology, human behavior, education, biology, culture and anthropology.