LING 1005 Introduction to Language (1)

Pre-requisite: None

The course aims at familiarising students with the range of ways in which language operates in human society, to introduce students to language as a dynamic phenomenon, varying and changing from region to region, from one historical period to another and from one culture to the next. The course also aims at sensitising students to the systematic nature of language and to possibilities for objective description.


Method of Instruction: 2 lectures and 1 tutorial per week

Assessment: 40% in-course assessment, 60% final examination


Basic Reading List

Bergmann, Anouschka, Kathleen Currie Hall and Sharon Miriam Ross, eds. Language Files: Materials for an Introduction to Language and Linguistics. 12th ed. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2016.

More Information

This course and LING 1001 and LING 1002 are pre-requisites for the Minor in Linguistics, and for all Level II Linguistics courses, except for LING 2501 Language, Gender and Sex, and LING 2902 Structure and Usage of French-lexicon Creole 1.

The top Linguistics student in this course plus LING 1001 and LING 1002 is awarded the Departmental Prize for the Most Outstanding Level I Linguistics Student. See Academic Prizes.

Any two of the three Level I courses are pre-requisites for LING 2404 Structure and Meaning in Literary Discourse and LING 2702 Point-of-View and Meaning in Literary Discourse. See also the Dip TESOL.

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