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Department of Reading, ESL and Linguistics

Rockville Campus

Linguistics

Welcome to the Fascinating World of Linguistics!  Linguistics is the Scientific Study of Language. 

"When we study human language, we are approaching what some might call "the human essence," the distinctive qualities of mind that are, so far as we know, unique to man."- Noam Chomsky


Formal Analysis 

So we can talk with precision about languages

  • Phonetics & Phonology
  • Morphology
  • Syntax
  • Semantics
  • Pragmatics

Dialects and Variation 

We don't all have to speak exactly the same, y'know

Historical Linguistics 

Match languages that have the same parent

a-Turkish
b-English
c-Finnish
x-Icelandic
y-Hungarian
z-Japanese

Language Learning 

Are children really better learners than adults?
Are some languages easier than others?

Writing Systems 

Which symbols belongs to...
Cherokee
Chinese
Hindi
Russian

Language Processing 

How do we do it so fast?
Why do we confuse:
"The Russian women loved died."
"Eye drops off shelf."


Students say:

  • "It makes me think about language in a new way."
  • "It's fun and interesting."
  • "This course informs you about many features that language has, features that you may not have thought of."
  • "....it relates to real life."

Look for these Linguistics offerings in the Schedule of Classes 

  • LG200 Introduction to Linguistics
  • HP251EA  History of the English Language
  • HP251CN  Topics in Linguistics

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