This course is an introduction to the basic ideas and methodology of linguistics. We learn how to formally analyze the patterns of speech sounds (phonetics and phonology), word formation (morphology), sentence structures (syntax), and meanings (semantics and pragmatics). Other topics, such as first language acquisition and language variations, may be discussed as needed. Although we use Japanese as the primary target data throughout the course, we occasionally look at data from other languages for further application of linguistic methodology and for the better understanding of cross-linguistic variations and underlying universality across languages. Classes are conducted in English.
The Class: Type: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: class discussion, reading assignments (as preparation for class), written assignments (exercises), mid-term and final exam
Prerequisites: no background knowledge of Japanese or linguistics is required; open to all students who are interested in Japanese language or language in general
Enrollment Preference: first-year and sophomore students
Distributions: Division I;
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- JAPN 131 - 01 (F) LEC Intro to Japanese Linguistics