112. Languages of the World. (3). (SS).
This course is intended for those who are curious about human
language but who have not had courses or formal training in linguistics.
We will examine selected languages from various parts of the world
to see what they can tell us about human languages in general:
How are they alike and how do they differ? How do they change?
How do they help structure the worlds and societies of their speakers?
At the same time students will gain some insight into how linguists
proceed in their task of analysis and explanation. They will also
learn how to confront texts in languages they do not know. There
are weekly problem sets, readings, and two hour exams. No prerequisites.
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