, 2009 to January 12
** This syllabus is subject to change **
Kara Hawthorne, MA
Virtual Office Hours:
via d2l chat or e-mail, by appointment only
**In person meetings are possible from December 21
and from January 7
, by appointment only.**
This class fulfills a Tier One requirement.
INDV courses explore the central
questions about the nature of human beings, focusing on the individual experience.
will focus on language.
We will explore linguistic issues and methods, including discussion of
the phonetics, syntax, and physiology of human speech.
We will also discuss communication
among animals, language change through time, language acquisition by children, and language
in the brain.
At the end of the term, successful students will have mastered the following
The sounds that occur in human languages, how they are produced, and how they are written
in the International Phonetic Alphabet.
The connections between spoken, signed, and written languages.
The basic grammatical structures that we use to build words and sentences.
The basic ways in which language is processed in the brain.
The mechanisms by which humans learn language as a child and as an adult.
The similarities and differences between human language and animal communication.
The challenges faced by endangered languages, and the native languages of Arizona.
Students will also learn to:
Debunk common myths about language.
Evaluate the quality of reporting about language issues in the popular media.
Develop intuitions about and awareness of their own language behavior.
Lectures, readings, and videos:
Unless otherwise noted, all mini-lectures, readings, and videos are
The lectures will be video podcasts.
All of the content will be organized by date, and
will be posted under the “Content” link from the course website in d2l (d2l.arizona.edu).
textbook is required.