Maricopa Community Colleges  ENG213  20004-99999 

Official Course Description:  MCCCD Approval: 2-22-2000

ENG213  2000 Summer I – 2010 Spring

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

Introduction to the Study of Language

Study of language as code; phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics; language acquisition; historical and socio-linguistics.

Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG102, or ENG111, or permission of Instructor.


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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:



ENG213  2000 Summer I – 2010 Spring

Introduction to the Study of Language



Define the concept of language and contrast language with other forms of communication. (I)


Define, explain, and exemplify grammatical terminology common to the study of language. (II)


Contrast the concepts of standard language and nonstandard language. (III)


Trace the process of language acquisition and identify key theories in the field of language acquisition. (III)


Explain the role of the human brain in acquiring and using language as a means of communication. (IV)


Write three reviews of magazine/newspaper articles relevant to the study of language. (V)


Read a minimum of five professional sources on a linguistic topic and write an annotated bibliography critically analyzing the theoretical basis, nature of evidence, and credibility of the findings of each article. (V)


Write a formal research report of at least 1000 words analyzing and interpreting data from primary and/or secondary sources. (V)


Present an oral report on the research project. (V)



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MCCCD Official Course Outline:



ENG213  2000 Summer I – 2010 Spring

Introduction to the Study of Language


I. The Nature of Language

A. What is language

B. How did language develop

II. Grammatical Aspects of Language

A. Morphology: word

B. Syntax: sentence patterns

C. Semantics: meaning

D. Phonetics: sounds

E. Phonology: sound patterns

III. Social Aspect of Language

A. Language varieties

1. Standard English

2. Dialects

3. Cultural aspects

4. Slang, jargon, taboos

5. Sexist language

B. Writing Systems

IV. Biological Aspects of Language

A. Language acquisition

B. Human processing

1. Brain

2. Mind 3. Language

V. Practical Application

A. Magazine/Newspaper Reviews

1. Summarize

2. Response

3. Relevance

B. Annotated Bibliography

1. Theoretical Basis

2. Nature of Evidence

3. Credibility of Findings

C. Sources

1. Primary

2. Secondary

D. Oral Report


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