Maricopa Community Colleges  SLC201

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 9-25-2007

SLC201  2010 Spring - 9999

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

Introduction to Linguistics

Introduction to the study of language. Study of the nature and diversity of world languages, linguistic structures and functions of language, language variation, pragmatics and the learning/acquisition of first and second languages.

Prerequisites: None.


Course Attribute(s):

General Education Designation: Humanities and Fine Arts - [HU]

General Education Designation: Social and Behavioral Sciences - [SB]

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


SLC201  2010 Spring - 9999

Introduction to Linguistics



Define the significance of language. (I)


Describe the principal aspects of language typology that classifies languages according to their structural features. (II)


Describe, explain and compare the structural diversity of various languages. (II)


Describe the basic differences and commonalities of various languages. (II)


Explain each one of the basic concepts of the traditional areas of linguistic structures and function of languages. (III)


Identify and differentiate the major dimensions of language variation and language change. (IV)


Describe the principles of pragmatics. (V)


Define the concept of discourse analysis. (V)


Explain the similarities and differences between written and oral discourse. (V)


Describe the important aspects of language learning / acquisition. (VI)

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MCCCD Official Course Outline:


SLC201  2010 Spring - 9999

Introduction to Linguistics


I. The nature of language

A. What is language?

B. Human vs. animal communication

II. World languages

A. Typologies of world languages

B. Language diversity

C. Written systems of various world languages

III. Linguistic structure and functions of language

A. Phonemes

B. Morphemes

C. Syntax

D. Lexicon

IV. Language variation

A. Language vs. dialect

B. Regional and social variation and language change

C. Languages in contact and bilingualism

V. Pragmatics

A. Appropriate use of language according to situation and social factors

B. Written vs. oral discourse

VI. Language learning/acquisition

A. Language and the brain

B. First and second language acquisition


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