INDV101 – Language; Spring 2008 Lecture Syllabus
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INDV101 – LANGUAGE, Lecture Syllabus
Dr. Alina Twist
Lecture: M/W 9:00-9:50, Social Sciences 100
Office Hours: Tuesday 1pm-2pm,
Wednesday 10am-11am, or by appointment
Office Location: Douglass Building, Room 228
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Language Files: Materials for an introduction to language and linguistics, 10
Columbus: The Ohio State University Press.
– INDVI01 courses explore the central questions about the nature of human beings,
focusing on the individual experience. This course focuses on language, providing a survey of linguistic
concepts and methods: communication among animals, physiology of human speech, elementary
phonetics, syntax, language and thought, language change, language and the brain.
– Successful students will by the end of the semester be able to
Create a language – complete with a plausible ‘phonemic inventory’, ‘core vocabulary’, ‘syntax’
and ‘sociolinguistic environment’ – reflecting the actual range of variation of naturally occurring
spoken human languages
Develop a writing system for this created language.
Describe the way in which spoken human language is produced physiologically
Identify ways in which human language is biological and innate, as well as ways in which it is
culturally shaped and learned via experience
Identify the major language families in use today, and intelligently discuss issues related to
language endangerment, language status, and linguistic diversity
Read and write using (a subset of) the International Phonetic Alphabet
Explain the scientific, cultural, and social issues underpinning controversies about human
Is English under threat from other languages?
Is it being ruined by poor usage or