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Fundamentals of Linguistics

Course Description

An introduction to contemporary linguistics. Covers the phonology, morphology and syntax of the English language with an emphasis on language acquisition as related to the developmental stages of childhood. The course is especially designed for students intending to teach elementary school students.

Learning Outcomes

  • Transcribe English words using a phonetic alphabet.
  • Analyze English phonemes by their articulations.
  • Analyze English words by their morphemes.
  • Analyze English words by their class. (noun, verb, etc.)
  • Analyze English sentences by their syntactic patterns.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of stages of first language acquisition.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of theories of first language acquisition.
  • Research issues related to interaction of first and other languages.
  • Research exceptional issues of a child’s language development not caused by inter-language effects.(e.g., dyslexia).
  • Research English words semantically by referential, social, and affective meanings.
  • Research the role of pragmatics in using language to communicate.

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