If you enjoy learning, listening to or any aspect of language, taking our linguistics course should be of interest to you.

In this intro to language and linguistics course, we discuss the following: phonetics and phonology (the sounds and sound patterns of a language); morphology (how words are formed and introduced into a language); syntax (how sentences are created); semantics (the meanings of the words and sentences once they are put together); acquisition (the difference in how people learn their first - second languages); sociolinguistics (how groups of people influence language use and meaning); and historical linguists (how language changes over time).

That's only some of the fascinating language-oriented material you will read about and discuss in this class. While the course is conducted and centers on English, examples from many other languages will be discussed. Whether you only speak English (and English doesn't have to be your first language to do well) or speak several languages, this class should prove to be a beneficial and an entertaining addition to your class schedule.

(Also listed as Mass Communications 101)

3 Units

Linguistics 101 provides an introduction to the scientifi c study of language. The course provides examples from different languages and linguistic communities in order to determine the basic nature of human languages and the extent to which languages may differ. Linguistic concepts are introduced and discussed to encourage critical thinking as a way to understand language as a biological and social phenomenon. Areas of study include but are not limited to: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, language acquisition, neurolinguistics, and sociolinguistics. Lecture 3 hours.

Recommended preparation: Eligibility for English 101.

Transfer credit: CSU, UC, USC

(Course descriptions are taken from the 2006-2007 Glendale Community College Catalog.)

Not all classes in all disciplines are offered every semester. See the Schedule of Classes or contact the Language Arts Division office for offerings in the current semester. Independent Study classes in all disciplines may be available, with instructor permission.