LING 102 - First Year Seminar (Humanities)
Fall 2016, Section 003 - Deciphering Ancient Languages
Instruction Mode: Section 003 is (see other Sections below)
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
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Course Note:
Designed to introduce entering students to the intellectual life of the university in a small course taught by an experienced member of the faculty. Topics vary according to the interests of the instructors. Whatever their subject matter, first-year seminars emphasize critical thinking through class discussion and regular practice in writing. LING 102-104 differ only in their area distribution designation.
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Description

Much of what we know about early civilizations results from the decipherment of ancient scripts and languages. To decipher an unknown script, one needs to understand how languages and writing systems work; it also helps to have good decipherment strategies and luck.

This course will examine some successful decipherments of the past (such as that of Egyptian hieroglyphs and of Mesopotamian cuneiform), recent breakthroughs (such as the decipherment of the Maya script), and cases that are still being worked on. Linguistic, geographical, and historical background information will be provided as needed. There will be frequent exercises (usually weekly), based on real examples.

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Schedule

LING 102 - First Year Seminar (Humanities)
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001 (SEM)
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (SEM)
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
003 (SEM)
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2Y1
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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