Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Course Description

GLS 592: Introduction to Human Language

Instructor: Richard Veit

How English Works -- bookcover

More than any other skill, our ability to use language is what makes us human and what makes society possible. At the same time, more than any other important human skill, we take language for granted and have little understanding of it. In this course we will seek to gain that understanding by studying many different aspects of language: the sounds, structure, and meaning of language; the ways society dictates language use; the ways we manipulate language; the way we acquired language as children; the ways language changes over time; and many others.

Text: How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction by Anne Curzan and Michael Adams -- published by Longman Pub Group -- ISBN 0321121880

Last Update: May 11, 2006