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Have you ever wondered why the spelling of English often doesn’t make sense? Or why people in the same family might say things slightly differently (try asking how people say “both”)? Or been curious as to why different regions have different dialects, from Boston to Louisiana to Minnesota?
In this class we will study Linguistics, a social science, spending time learning:
- About the main branches: Sociolinguistics, Phonetics and Phonology, Syntax and Morphology, Semantics and Pragmatics, historical Linguistics, and more.
- How neighboring towns can have different dialects and what that reveals about the communities.
- How to find patterns and rules within languages (both in the sounds and in the grammar) in order to pick up languages more easily.
- How history and basic anthropology both impact the way languages develop.
Addtionally, students will also gain a better understanding of English as we study how language changes over time, looking at the progression from Beowulf’s English to Shakespeare’s to the English we speak today.
Even if you have no interest in Linguistics as a field itself, this course will help with:
- Learning other languages
- Critical thinking
- English grammar and writing skills
- Knocking another English credit off the required graduation list ; )
Offered Spring semester 2020 following Luma Learn’s academic calendar.