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Introduction to Linguistics

Week 1 This week is about how human beings (and some other animals) make meaning with our voices and with our hands. We cover: Week 2 This week is about methods used in the contemporary study of language. We cover: Week 3 This week is about how linguistic concepts and methods can be applied to a range of problems. We cover: Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts. Find out more This course is aimed at anyone interested in language and linguistics, but may be of particular interest to students looking to study English language or linguistics at university, or to those working in language education. You can use the hashtag #FLlinguistics to talk about this course on social media.

Topics Covered
  • Some fundamental concepts in the study of language and communication;
  • Language and gesture;
  • Sign languages;
  • Relations between human languages and other animal communication.
  • The use of grammar experiments to investigate language learning;
  • The use of eye-tracking technology to investigate language processing;
  • Big data dialectology.
  • How metaphor and metonymy can shed light on communication in everyday and educational contexts;
  • The stories we tell about social and political events;
  • The language of literature.

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Cost $59
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Instructors Joe Bennett, Garry Plappert, Ewa Dabrowska
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Language English
Subjects Languages Humanities
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Rating Not enough ratings
Length 3 weeks
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Starts Jul 1 (next week)
Cost $59
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Instructors Joe Bennett, Garry Plappert, Ewa Dabrowska
Download Videos Only via web browser
Language English
Subjects Languages Humanities
Tags Languages & Cultures

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