What is language? How many are there? How do languages work? What are these noises I’m making from my mouth? How do I know that “each of the bag am eated” is nonsense?
Conveniently, there is a field of study dedicated to answering such questions. Linguistics is a very broad field, so this class will be a brief introduction to some of the basic subfields of linguistics:
- Phonology and phonetics (how do I make cool sounds)
- Morphology (why “ing” isn’t a word)
- Syntax (ordering of words interesting is)
- Historical linguistics (why Shakespeare is hard to understand)
- Orthography (whye I dont rite laik this)
- Comparative linguistics (studying some fake languages)
Homework, though optional, is highly recommended for this class. It will consist of weekly assignments allowing students to experiment with concepts covered in class through the mode of constructed languages (similar to Klingon, Dothraki, Elvish), as well as some videos for students who want to learn more.
- Lyosha the Linguist