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This course introduces students to the nature of language, how the brain processes language, and the role of language in society. It also addresses grammatical aspects of language such as morphology, syntax, semantics, phonetics, pragmatics, and writing development. Stages of language acquisition and bilingual development will be discussed.

This graduate-level course is 6 This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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    Grammatical and Pragmatic Aspects of Language

    • Examine the properties of semantics.
    • Define the term morpheme and the rules of word formation.
    • Explain the use of morphemes to create meaningful words.
    • Analyze sentence structures and phrase meanings.
    • Compare and contrast the use of pragmatics in a variety of social contexts.

    The Nature of Human Language

    • Define grammar and language universals.
    • Analyze how the human brain processes language.
    • Examine linguistic knowledge and performance.

    Sentence Patterns and Language Structure Rules

    • Compare and contrast the meaning of grammatical versus ungrammatical .
    • Identify phrase structure rules.
    • Analyze the relatedness of sentences.
    • Examine sentence structures.

    Phonetics and Phonology

    • Identify speech sounds and alphabetic principles.
    • Analyze articulatory phonetics of consonant formation.
    • Describe articulation of vowel production.
    • Identify a variety of suprasegmental features.
    • Examine rules of phonology, pronunciation of morphemes, and phonemes.

    Language Acquisition

    • Examine theories and development of bilingualism.
    • Analyze how children learn language and construct grammar.
    • Identify the process of language acquisition.
    • Compare and contrast first- and second-language acquisition.
    • Distinguish animal language from human language acquisition.

    Language and Society

    • Identify the role of dialects in society.
    • Examine dialects commonly used in the Unites States.
    • Explore various aspects of pidgins, styles, slang, and taboos.
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