The aim of this course is to give the student an introduction to the fundamental principles of linguistics: phonetics, morphology and syntax, and semantics.
Short quizzes every second week as well as a final examination.
Crystal: A First Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics.
This course is meant to be a general introduction to the field of linguistics. The first term will begin with the fundamental sounds of language, by examining the phonetics of English and Japanese. Phonology and the concept of the phoneme and allophone will then be discussed as well as the concept of sound universals and markedness. The second topic will be that of grammar and morphology.
The second semester will examine syntax from both an historical and a contemporary point of view and chiefly with reference to English. A brief introduction to the general theory of transformational grammar and the concept of universals of language will be presented. The second part of the second semester will be devoted to semantics, with particular reference to field theory and linguistic relativism.
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