LING 368 - How Different is Chinese?
Fall 2018, Section 001
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Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
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Ever since their extensive contacts with China began in the sixteenth century, Europeans have been puzzled by the Chinese language. It seemed quite different from the languages with which they were familiar, especially its unique writing system. In the light of current views of human language in contemporary linguistics, this course examines European attempts to come to terms with the differences between Chinese and their own languages from the sixteenth century to the present. In the process of studying Western writings about the Chinese language, students will come to see how claims about other languages are embedded in historical and cultural circumstances. Along the way, they will learn much about the Chinese language and acquire the skills to critically analyze claims about the connections between language and culture.

Course Requirements:

A 10-minute PowerPoint group presentation on the reading assignments with a 1-pg write-up (10%),1/2 to 1-pg weekly response papers on the assignment (20%), two 6-8 page papers (60%), and active participation and attendance (10%).

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates in History, Linguistics, and Asian Studies

Class Format:

Lecture format twice a week for 90 minutes.


LING 368 - How Different is Chinese?
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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