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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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    Language and Society

    • Explore various aspects of pidgins, styles, slang, and taboos.
    • Identify the role of dialects in society.
    • Examine common dialects in your region.

    Language Acquisition

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

    The Nature of Human Language

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

    Grammatical and Pragmatic Aspects of Language

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

    Phonetics and Phonology

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

    Sentence Patterns and Language Structure Rules

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