LING 112 - Languages of the World
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Language is the most remarkable feature distinguishing humans from even the most closely related earthbound species. About 6,000 languages are still spoken. To learn more about language in general, we will compare English with unrelated languages, ranging from the well-known (like Arabic and Japanese) to endangered languages that you have never heard of. Further insight can be gleaned by comparisons to the “languages” of chimps, Neanderthals, babies, radical feminists, aphasics, whistlers, African drummers, and (of course) extraterrestrials.

Course Requirements:

Homework, exams

Intended Audience:

No previous knowledge of Klingon or Neanderthal language is required.

Class Format:


LING 112 - Languages of the World
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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