Linguistics 102: Introduction to the study of language
At the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, I teach LING 102, a 3-credit, 100-level non-technical introduction to linguistics, the scientific study of language. We talk about what makes language language and how students can begin to describe and analyze the languages and dialects spoken and heard around them. The course includes a Writing-Intensive focus, and includes projects and assignments designed to help students develop tools to use in future classes and employment: researching, writing, editing, working in groups, and clearly communicating ideas.
Some of the things students learn to do in this class include:
- learning to broadly transcribe American English words using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)
- analyzing sentences in multiple languages in terms of grammatical relations and thematic roles
- reconstructing sounds and words in a proto-language, and
- presenting informed arguments about real-world events and attitudes related to linguistics and language
Download a sample syllabus (Fall 2019) to learn more