Maricopa Community Colleges  ASB276   19914-99999 
Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 05/28/91
ASB276 19914-99999 LEC 3 Credit(s) 3 Period(s)
Nature of Language
Introduction to basic concepts of linguistic anthropology and implications for study of culture and society. Prerequisites: ASB102.
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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:
ASB276   19914-99999 Nature of Language
1. Examine the basic elements of language and communications. (I)
2. Analyze the design features unique to human language. (II)
3. Explore the ways language is constructed (II)
4. Trace how languages change and how changes can be discovered. (III)
5. Compare linguistic and archaeological data in historical reconstructions. (III)
6. Discuss sociolinguistic and geographical dialectal variations in language. (IV)
7. Analyze the relationship of language and culture. (IV)
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MCCCD Official Course Outline:
ASB276   19914-99999 Nature of Language
    I. Introduction, Human Language and other Systems of Communication
        A. Linguistics and the Study of Language
        B. Animal Communication
        C. Unique design features of human language
      II. The Structure of Language
          A. Phonetics
          B. Phonology
          C. Phonological Analysis
          D. Morphology
          E. Syntax
          F. Semantics and discourse
        III. Historical Linguistics
            A. How Language Changes
            B. The Comparative Method and Linguistic Reconstruction
            C. Linguistic Reconstruction, Connections with Archaeology and Language Classification
          IV. Language in its Social and Cultural Context
              A. Speech registers and Geographical dialect variation
              B. Language and Culture
                1. Bilingualism and Multilingualism
                2. Intercultural Communications
              C. Ethnosemantics
              D. Pragmatics/Functions of Language
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