UT-Austin Linguistics Courses: LIN 306






Course Description

This course will introduce you to linguistics, the scientific study of language. In what ways do languages differ? In what ways are languages the same? How do languages change over time? Why do languages change? What are the differences between verbal and non-verbal communicating? Do dolphins speak? How do children learn language, and how do adults learn language? Does language control our view of reality? How does language interact with social class? What kind of language should be taught in schools? What language problems do other countries have? What are the different language families of the world?

The course will deal with sociolinguistics (language in society), historical linguistics (language change and language relationships), and formal linguistics. Basic material covered under formal linguistics includes phonetics (the properties of speech sounds), phonology (the systematic sound patterns of language), morphology (the grammatical structure of words), syntax (the structure of sentences), and semantics/pragmatics (the meaning and use of words and sentences).




Requirements differ depending on the instructor. See links above for individual 306 sections.


Fromkin & Rodman, An Introduction to Language


Morphology Download practice morphology problems. Links to sites with more practice problems, morphological analyzers, and more.
Syntax Download an interactive syntax tutor or a tree-building font. Links to essays on sentence structure, word order, syntactic ambiguity. Plus lots more...
Semantics Links to WordNet and sites on semiotics, metaphors and meaning.
Phonetics Phonetics exercises for practice with transcription and phonetic fonts for your computer. Also, links to help with articulatory as well as acoustic phonetics.
Phonology Links to an online phonology course, phonology and sound change, and Canadian raising.
Psycholinguistics Links to sites on language acquisition, neurolinguistics, and animal communication.
Sociolinguistics An interactive dialect map, as well as links to sites on dialects, language policy, Ebonics, pidgins & creoles, and much more.
Historical Download some historical linguistics problems for help with Grimm's Law, comparative reconstruction, and more. Links to sites on history of English, language change, Germanic languages, and more.
Writing Links to mayan glyphs, ancient scripts, and all the scripts of the world.
Other Links to sites on endangered languages, Tolkienian languages, computational linguistics, linguistic fieldwork, and fun with linguistics!

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