LING 102 - First Year Seminar (Humanities)
Fall 2022, Section 001 - Sounds of the World's Languages
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
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This course offers an overview of the sounds (consonants and vowels) of the languages of the world. We shall start with the sound system of English, and then compare its properties with those in other languages. We shall discuss both linguistic and social implications of speech sounds. For example, how do we annotate and analyze the sound system of a language? How do dialects differ from each other? Are people biased against certain accents? Are some accents or pronunciations more attractive than others?

Through exploring these questions, we aim to gain a better understanding of the sound systems of the world’s languages, how linguists do research, how to gather and interpret linguistic data, language attitudes, and the social implications of language variation. Students also have opportunities to explore their own interests, exercise creativity, foster critical thinking, and develop problem-solving skills.

Intended Audience:

Anyone who has an interest in speech sounds and the similarities and differences among the sound systems of the world’s languages


LING 102 - First Year Seminar (Humanities)
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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